Dental veneers have many uses and at Wimpole Street Dental Care we can offer them to treat any of the following;
Chipped or broken teeth
Gaps between your teeth
Permanently stained teeth
Misshapen or crooked teeth
Spaces between the teeth
Discoloured or damaged fillings
Many people don’t realise that there are two very different types of dental veneers.
Direct veneers (which can also be called composite veneers or direct composite bonding) are made of composite, which is the same tooth coloured material we use to make ‘white’ fillings. They are a much more conservative and minimally invasive option than porcelain veneers. We basically layer and mould the material to create a beautiful and natural looking tooth.
Indirect veneers are often referred to as ceramic or porcelain veneers. After we have taken moulds of your teeth following some preparation, the veneers are made in a dental laboratory and then fitted in the practice. They are made, as the name would suggest, from porcelain and we often describe them as the tooth equivalent of a false fingernail, as they are placed with adhesive over the front of the tooth to make a dramatic difference. The main advantage of porcelain veneers is that they have a glazed surface which won’t stain, highly aesthetic and in most cases reinforce the natural tooth.
At Wimpole Street Dental Care, we will always try to restore your tooth in the most minimally invasive way, which is why direct veneers are our preferred option, where suitable. Only in the instances where this is not suitable clinically or the use of direct porcelain will not provide the desired aesthetic outcome, will we suggest indirect veneers.
If your veneers are well maintained and looked after, they can last for many years.
If you are unhappy with a chipped, damaged or discoloured tooth then call us on 020 7935 3323 to book a consultation and see how we can make you smile with confidence again.