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What are dental veneers?

Veneers are a great alternative for patients who don’t want lengthy orthodontic treatment.  A perfectly straight and bright smile can be achieved in only two visits.

Veneers are very thin shells of tooth coloured porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.  Veneers are typically used to cover misaligned, stained or chipped and broken teeth. They are the treatment of choice used to create the “celebrity smile”

At the West1 Dental Clinic, we believe that planning is the key to success with dental veneers.  During your no-obligation consultation, we will discuss the size, shape and colour of our veneers as well as preparing for your treatment and aftercare.   We will ask for your ideas on how you would like to your smile to look and show you previous smiles we have created.

If a very straight white smile is what you desire we will ensure this is exactly what is achieved. If a more rounded natural appearance is sought, again the planning stages are key in ensuring this is exactly what is achieved.  Our dentists use a variety of UK multi-award winning and worldwide dental laboratories to ensure only the best materials are used for our patients.

Porcelain veneers can be used to treat:

  • Chipped, cracked or crooked teeth
  • Gaps in the teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Stained teeth.

Preparing for Dental Veneers

Before we fit your veneers, a degree of tooth reduction may be required to give the correct tooth position with veneers.  This involved removing some of your natural tooth material to make sure your veneers don’t feel or look bulky.   However, we will keep any reduction to an absolute minimum.  For certain cases, it is possible to provide no preparation veneers where the veneers are bonded directly over the existing teeth or minimum preparation veneers where only very small adjustments are made. Our dentists will happily discuss if this method is suitable for you.

Caring for Dental Veneers

Once your veneers are fitted, you can treat them just like your own teeth.  However, just like your own teeth, they can be damaged so be sure to look after your new smile.  A convenient benefit of dental veneers is they’re more resistant to staining than natural teeth

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Picture of lady smiling showing dental veneers
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