If you have a damaged or discoloured tooth, or you would like your teeth to look straighter, whiter or more uniform in size, then dental veneers may be an ideal solution, whether you need one or several.
A veneer is a thin shell that we can bond on to the front of a natural tooth to improve its appearance. Some people choose to have dental veneers instead of teeth straightening if they have mild spacing or crowding issues, but veneers also offer a very effective way to address a range of aesthetic issues with your teeth.
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Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted to cover the front side of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth. They are very strong and long lasting, and look exactly like natural teeth. With veneers we can achieve amazing results in a very short time, making them an ideal option if you do not have the time or inclination for orthodontic treatment. When the procedure is over you will walk out of the surgery with straighter, whiter teeth – your own celebrity smile!
Tooth preparation is minimal and confined to the enamel structure. The veneer is bonded to the tooth structure with tooth-coloured resin cement. Several visits are necessary to complete treatment.
Patients should be aware that this is usually an irreversible process because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
The great thing about veneers is that they are hard wearing and with the correct professional maintenance and home-care, will stand the test of time to offer you a long lasting smile.
The veneers themselves are very stain resistant and will not attract staining from foodstuff like natural teeth. However, we recommend patients with veneers to have regular professional cleaning to protect their investment and to ensure the lifespan remains at about 10-15 years.
Our Leicester dentists offer a bespoke smile service because no two faces are the same, no two people are the same and so it goes without saying that no two veneers are the same.
Although the process to prepare and fit your new veneers can take as little as 10 days, we will spend a lot of time at your initial consultation appointments assessing your facial form and features, taking x-rays, clinical photographs and study models of your existing teeth. We then work closely with our laboratory technician in order to plan your new smile.
Often, we will create a ‘diagnostic wax-up’, which means that we are able to show you the final result in wax prior to commencing treatment. This acts as a really crucial communication tool and allows us to be very clear about your expectations and your desired result.
The planning process means that we are able to give you a truly bespoke and beautiful smile that you will wear with confidence for a very long time.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain, a strong and hardwearing material with a translucent quality just like your own tooth enamel.
As long as you have your own teeth, you may be suitable for veneers, and a consultation will allow us to assess if this is the best treatment option to improve your smile.
If the problem is misaligned or gappy teeth, orthodontics may be a better approach for many patients, and this will be discussed with you at your consultation. Many of our patients who wish to improve their smile combine their veneers treatment with tooth whitening to enhance the end result.
Your dentist will take a mould of your teeth to plan the final look and they will discuss the proposed smile with you before starting treatment. This method ensures that your smile ends up exactly as both you and your dentist envisage it.
We do everything we can to make your experience as pleasant and painless as possible. The process will involve using local anaesthetic to numb the teeth and gums for some stages of treatment.
Research has shown that porcelain veneers usually last from 10 to 15 years, but this will depend on how well you look after your new smile.
Individual cases vary so we don’t have a set price, but your dentist will give you an idea of costs. We will always give you a firm written quotation once you’ve had your consultation.
Glen Dental offer dental veneers to improve tooth colour and shape to patients from Oadby, Wigston, Kibworth, Great Glen, Leicester, Market Harborough, and Oakham.
"I would like to tank all the staff at Glen Dental Practice for the professional, friendly and courteous service they offered me today. This was definitely one of the most pleasant and pain free experiences I have enjoyed in a dental practice anywhere and I am absolutely delighted with my new ceramic crowns."
*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, Glen Dental cannot guarantee specific results.