How our Epsom dentists can restore even the most stained teeth.
For most patients who contact our Epsom dental practice wishing to have whiter teeth, a straightforward teeth whitening procedure is usually the answer.
This is not always the case though, and patients who come to us with very heavily stained teeth may only receive limited improvement with this particular procedure.
For these patients, and those whose teeth are chipped or cracked, modern dental veneers are likely to be the most effective solution to allow the patient to have great looking teeth once more.
Veneers are, as their name suggests, a replacement for the front of the teeth. Usually made from porcelain, they can be made to match the colour of the patient’s natural teeth. To allow us to fit the veneers snugly and naturally, it is first of all necessary to remove an equivalent thickness of the discoloured enamel from the patient’s teeth. Once this has been done, impressions would traditionally be taken and sent to a dental laboratory for the veneers to be manufactured. This, however, can result in a wait of a week or two.
At The Clock Tower Dental Clinic in Epsom, we are fortunate to have on-site Cerec technology which enables us to produce your new veneers whilst you wait. This takes approximately one hour and saves you the trouble of a second visit; especially important for our busier patients! Once the veneers are ready, they are attached, by our dentist, to the patient’s teeth with a strong dental adhesive.
Under general everyday use, dental veneers should last for approximately ten years, sometimes longer. We always advise patients not to use them to bite down hard on anything; fingernails, pens and the like as doing so may cause the veneers to become detached from the teeth. In the unlikely event that your veneer does become detached, under no circumstances should you use a general adhesive to reattach it yourself. Although this may look and feel OK to start with, these adhesives often contain a corroding element which is likely to cause damage to your teeth. It may sound odd, but this type of reckless DIY dentistry is more common than you might imagine! So in the unlikely event that you do experience any problems, please call us for guidance.
You should, of course, continue to brush and floss your teeth well, as although the veneers are artificial, the rest of your tooth is natural and still susceptible to dental decay.
For more information about dental veneers as a route to a brighter, whiter smile, please call the Clock Tower Dental Clinic on 01372 720136.