Porcelain Veneers at Ridgway Dental Wimbledon
Teeth have to withstand a lot of impact every day and they can get damaged. Cracks, chips, staining and other minor cosmetic issues can regularly happen to teeth. These problems may be solved with veneers. Ridgway offers quality dental veneers in Wimbledon.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are artificial additions to the teeth. They are applied to otherwise healthy teeth that don’t require extraction. Compared to other ways of fixing problematic teeth, veneers are relatively less invasive. Veneers are attached by shaving off a small part of the enamel from the surface of the tooth. This area is where dental glue joins the tooth and the veneer piece.
Originally, resin was a popular choice for veneers. However, since porcelain is more durable, more resistant to staining and follow the natural shine of healthy teeth, they are now the material of choice for veneers. Porcelain veneers are reliable and they camouflage well. In addition, they are also semi-permanent solutions. A veneer usually last between 7 to 15 years before they need to be replaced.
The Process of Installing Veneers
Veneers can require two or more trips to the dentist, depending on the complexity of the work needed and the plan built by your Ridgway Dentist. To give you an overview of the process you can expect the following:
- Consultation – The dentist will examine your mouth and check your teeth. He or she will verify that veneers are right for you.
- Casting – Once our dentist has gone through the plan and the results you can expect, the dentist will require an impression of the tooth. First, a thin layer of the enamel is removed then a cast is made of the treated area. In some cases, anaesthesia is used to numb the area before enamel shaving. The cast will become the base from which the porcelain piece will be made.
- Installation – The veneer will finally be installed on the teeth using special adhesives.
Broken, chipped or gapping teeth don’t immediately require extraction, implants or braces. In some cases, our dentist can suggest the installation of dental veneers, depending on the severity of the case. These long lasting solutions are minimally invasive and are very easy to maintain.