What Are Dental Veneers? Blog

29 August 2016

Dental Veneers

As people grow older, they might lose interest in taking care of their teeth. Subsequently, this can cause the teeth to deteriorate. If you’ve been neglecting your teeth for a long period of time, it might not be too late to change your brushing, flossing, and rinsing habits. However, if you feel like your teeth are too far gone and need a serious overhaul, you’re going to need to come up with an action plan and visit a professional.

There are several treatments for bad, missing, or rotted teeth. Sometimes the teeth need to be removed because they might be too severely damaged, or even loose. However, this is not always the case. In some cases, bad teeth can still get a makeover in the form of dental veneers.

If you’re looking for a treatment that works for your teeth, you might be eligible for dental veneers. It depends on what you want and how bad your teeth are, so if you’re unsure whether your teeth qualify for veneers, you should probably see a general dentist, or even a specialist.

How Do They Work?

Dental veneers are a form of dental treatment that essentially coats your original teeth with a substance that enhances the strength and visual appearance of your teeth. Veneers are usually implemented to solve a variety of problems. These problems can include poorly coloured teeth, chips in the teeth, broken teeth, worn down teeth, and gapped and crooked teeth as well.

Typically, the specialist applies a coating of porcelain or resin over the problem tooth, shaping the porcelain into a form that fills any missing parts of the tooth, essentially reconstructing it. There are benefits to getting a porcelain veneer instead of a resin veneer. For instance, they are typically better at resisting future stains. However, the porcelain is usually a little thicker than the resin. The resin can be used for lightweight veneers that don’t require as much work as the porcelain, and are still a great option to consider.

How to Get Veneers

Because veneers can help people who’ve neglected their teeth for a little too long, it can be worthwhile to get some repair work done in the form of veneers. If you’re looking at your smile in the mirror and feel like it’s time to make some changes, you can get veneers.

First, you’ll need to find a specialist that works with veneers. You can do this by getting a referral from your general dentist, or you can simply ask some friends or relatives if they have any knowledge or references of specialists. If you meet someone that already has veneers, you can ask them about whom they went to and then look at the specialist’s website, view their work, and see their credentials. Specialists can usually give rough estimates and quotes, but they won’t know exactly what to do unless they’ve examined you. If you make an appointment, you’ll have a clearer understanding of how much it costs and how greatly it will improve your smile.

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.