Have you considered veneers to transform your smile?
If you have crooked or ‘gappy’ teeth, you may well have thought about orthodontic (teeth straightening) treatment. For thousands of children, teens and adults every year, braces and aligners can offer a life-changing treatment, giving them the straighter smile they’ve always wanted. However, braces aren’t right for everyone. Sometimes people feel they don’t want to wear a brace, despite discreet options such as Invisalign, or they feel orthodontic treatment is too lengthy or time consuming, or even too expensive.
If you’re looking for an alternative to braces, veneers from our York-based practice could be the treatment you’ve been looking for.
What exactly are dental veneers?
Well, in many ways, a veneer is to a tooth what a false nail is to a fingernail – it’s a thin covering or custom-made shell that sits on the front of the tooth to hide imperfections and create a beautiful looking smile. Unlike false nails though, veneers are hard-wearing and long-lasting.
Dental veneers are often made from porcelain because of the material’s strength, how it reflects the light and the fact that it looks very much like a natural tooth. Veneers are wafer-thin and can be colour-matched to your surrounding teeth. To attach a veneer, we have to remove a very thin layer of your tooth’s enamel to create a surface to which the veneer will bond.
As well as making your teeth look straighter, veneers can be used to change the colour, shape, size or length of your teeth.
Other treatments typically only treat one aspect of your smile at a time by making your teeth straighter, whiter or by repairing damage. Veneers, on the other hand, can tackle all of these issues. If you choose to have dental veneers fitted, your smile can be enhanced to look more balanced and attractive. We can use them to repair a chipped tooth, close a gap, bring a tooth into alignment, hide discolouration, and much more. Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy, and these days – thanks to the special bonding adhesive we use, very little preparation of the tooth is needed.
Veneers used to be associated with the rich and famous and ‘Hollywood smiles’ but nowadays people from all walks of life are turning to veneers to makeover their smiles. Instead of taking years, results can be achieved in just a couple of appointments and have the potential to last for many years.