Top Reasons to Get Dental Veneers Blog

21 January 2017

Dental veneers are the thin layer of porcelain placed over the top of a tooth to improve appearance and repair damage. When you feel that your teeth do not look their best, or discover that you have a cavity, your dentist will utilize this option to keep your teeth protected and beautiful. Whenever most people think about veneers, they think about filling in a hole left after a cavity has been emptied of decayed tooth material. However, there are many reasons people choose to use this option, and many of them are covered under dental insurance.

Stains

As you age, the natural enamel on your teeth begins to thin, which can cause the natural yellow begin to show. Other outside sources of staining include tobacco, smoke, dark liquids such as coffee, and periodontal disease. Whatever the underlying cause, yellowing teeth can cause your self-esteem to suffer, and may not make a good impression with the people that hold influence over your life. Dental veneers made of porcelain look, feel, and function exactly the same way your natural teeth do, and you get to enjoy beautiful, white teeth after the procedure. Once stains have set into your teeth, your dentist may offer this option as a solution.

Chips and Cracks

Dental veneers may be used to cover chips and cracks in your teeth to prevent further damage. Veneers are often the first solution used in such cases to avoid tooth extraction, and the results are natural-looking and beautiful to look at. Chips happen most often when a person bites into a particularly hard piece of food, or is struck in the mouth by an object. Whereas cracks happen most often in the molars, and this is commonly the result of teeth grinding. Whatever caused your teeth to chip or crack, a veneer will quickly repair the damage, while protecting your teeth from worse damage.

Reducing Gaps

Some people are born with large gaps between their teeth, a genetic condition called diastemas. With the aid of porcelain veneers, built specifically by your dentist, you should be able to dramatically reduce the gaps and make your mouth appear more full. Gaps in the mouth are hard to ignore, and you deserve the confidence to smile brightly for anyone you see. A bright, white smile can make a hugely positive change in a person’s life, and your dentist should be able to work with you to consider your veneer options.

Covid-19 and your care

We have now received clear guidance as to what dental procedures we can safely carry out and at what stages during the pandemic.

Below is a summary of the guidance as we understand it, although this may modify over the next few days as some small inconsistencies are clarified.

The government has set five different risk levels for the pandemic 1-5 (low to high), although this changes on a daily basis.

The treatments that we can carry out safely in dental practice will change with the risk level.

Treatments are significantly limited at level 4.

During the next few weeks, we will attempt to contact each patient that has contacted us with a significant dental problem during lockdown, and we hope to book an assessment appointment for those patients in the week commencing 8th June.

Practice doors will be locked at level 3, 4 and 5. Entry to the practice will be limited to pre-booked appointments.

There will be very clear criteria provided in due course as what is required before arriving at the practice, and what the procedure will be upon arrival. We will endeavour to ensure that each person knows exactly what to expect at their visit as this will be quite different to what you have been used to.

The appointment diary will be structured to take into consideration those patients who are shielding, may have underlying medical issues and so on.

The first week is expected to be a slow start as we ensure that the new protocols are working effectively for everyone’s safety. These protocols will be audited and modified until required.

At level 4 we should be able to carry out the following:

Dental assessment (initially restricted to patients who have current urgent need, or did and contacted us during lockdown).

X rays but only for patients who tolerate them well.

TEMPORARY re cementation of crowns. (We cannot dry the tooth effectively enough to cement a crown permanently with the restrictions we face).

Fabrication or repair of removable dentures.

Simple dental extractions. If a tooth breaks, it is probable we will have to leave the roots in place until we are at a lower level of risk. Naturally, we will assess the risk very carefully prior to treatment.

Tightening of loose dental implants if possible, without using a high-speed handpiece (drill).

Temporary fillings.

Draining of a swelling/abscess.

Provision of antibiotics.

Trimming of sharp orthodontic wires (not reliable re cementation of loose brackets, or replacement of missing brackets).

Treatment is only to be offered after careful assessment.

Cosmetic orthodontics

Cheshire Dental Centre provide many of these treatments. We may now be able to progress some of our Quick Straight Teeth cases. We will be in touch with each patient shortly, but please allow us to contact you; we hope that it is understandable that we will be prioritising patients with urgent dental need.

The PPE (personal protective equipment) requirements for the above are not too onerous, and we will not look too different to normal. As you are aware, the cross-infection control at Cheshire Dental Centre has always been exemplary and one of our top priorities.

Although we have been organised with the new PPE guidelines well in advance there may be the occasional time where we are awaiting stock. All practices are attempting to source the necessary PPE we need to keep you and us safe, but supplies are scarce and consequently very expensive.