An Alternative To Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening in Clacton is one of our most popular cosmetic treatments but if you happen to have visible fillings, cracks, or teeth that have darkened following root canal treatment, then whitening your teeth using a bleaching gel isn’t a viable option. Instead your dentist in Clacton may suggest veneers as an alternative smile makeover.
Veneers are wafer thin shells of porcelain that cover the entire tooth surface concealing any stains or cracks which may be present. They’re bonded to the teeth to alter their size, shape, length, or colour and are tooth coloured to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps between teeth and treat teeth which are slightly misaligned, so they also have some orthodontic use too.
There are numerous benefits to veneers including the fact that they offer a permanent solution to teeth whitening because they are stain resistant. They don’t irritate the gums, they look totally natural, and they enhance the smile when placed correctly. They also last for up to 10 years after which they will need to be replaced.
Caring for veneers
We’ve covered the benefits of veneers but what about caring for them? Does a person have to avoid eating certain foods? Do they chip or break easily? Do they require any special care when compared to natural teeth? The good news is that the answers to these questions is mostly “no”.
When it comes to caring for your veneers then your Clacton dentist is likely to recommend that you treat them in the same way as your natural teeth. That’s with twice daily brushing and once a day flossing, as well as professional cleaning and regular six month check-ups. As with your natural teeth it’s important to maintain a high level of oral hygiene. It’s also recommend that you don’t use a toothpaste which is highly abrasive.
Following the placement of your veneers, you will need to visit your dentist about a week later to check that your veneers haven’t been rejected by your mouth. Other regular visits will be needed to polish your veneers to maintain their appearance. Your dentist will also check for other things such as tooth grinding which can cause excessive wear to the veneers or increase the chance of them cracking. If you are found to grind your teeth then you may be given a mouth guard to wear at night when you’re asleep. Your dentist in Clacton may also suggest that you steer clear of crunchy apples or other foods which could damage your veneers. However, these are only small inconveniences for an attractive new white smile.
Veneers are a low risk high reward cosmetic treatment and not only do they look good but they also correct several common dental problems too. They’re also very easy to care for when compared to some dental treatments. We can fit you with just one veneer to restore your smile or a complete set. Why not arrange a consultation with Clacton Dental Care today by taking the first steps to a new, white smile. You can call us on 01255 221001 or make an appointment online at www.clactondentalcare.co.uk. If you lead a hectic lifestyle then we’re also an evening and weekend dentist, who aims to be as flexible as we possibly can.