Are You Suitable For Dental Veneers?
Is this transformative cosmetic dentistry treatment the right choice for you?
There have been a few articles in magazines recently about whether having dental veneers at a young age is a good idea.
These are especially aimed at the Love Island generation who, inspired by the TV programme, seek to have perfect looking teeth. There is nothing wrong with this aim of course, but it is important to understand the various aspects of having some of these treatments.
People of all ages want to have nicer looking, whiter teeth but there is certainly additional pressure on the younger generation. Whether because of programmes of this type or social media image apps such as Instagram, it is true that more and more younger people are looking to improve the appearance of their teeth.
In most instances, when someone comes to our Streatham dental clinic asking us to help them have whiter teeth, we recommend that they start with our home teeth whitening system. We recommend this because it is safe and very effective for a lot of people and requires no dental surgery. It is, you could say, a no risk way of seeing how much more attractive your teeth can be.
This professional whitening treatment can whiten your teeth by several shades, and for many people, that is more than enough. There is still a risk in this though as there are still, unfortunately, some illegal whitening clinics around the country who are prepared to break or at least bend the regulations and use stronger whitening solutions to achieve an even whiter result. The danger in this is that the ingredients used can be extremely harmful if not used correctly. Using one of these outlets could result in painfully sensitive teeth from the damage caused to the enamel.
The next step
For those looking for the ultimate tooth whiteness it may be tempting to skip the whitening treatment and go straight for dental veneers. Having these fitted is an excellent solution for many but it is important to understand the nature of this procedure. Unlike a teeth whitening procedure, it does usually require some minor dental surgery to be carried out.
In most cases, in order to fit the porcelain veneers correctly, it will be necessary to ‘shave’ off an equivalent thickness from the front surface of your natural teeth. This is usually done using a local anaesthetic as it may cause some discomfort otherwise. Impressions are taken and temporary veneers fitted until the new ones (made from the impressions) are returned to our Streatham dental practice. These will then be fitted and trimmed and polished to give a natural appearance. With good care, your new veneers should last you for around ten years.
What’s the problem?
Dental veneers are a safe and effective way of restoring discoloured and chipped teeth to give you a smile to be proud of. As mentioned though, they often require irreversible dental surgery.
Whilst they are safe, it is important that patients consider the long term implications. If you have this procedure, you will always need to wear dental veneers and when the first ones finally deteriorate to a certain point, they will need to be replaced. If you have them fitted at say 20 years old and live to be 80, they will need to be replaced several times during your lifetime. Failure to replace them will lead to sensitive teeth and also a higher risk of decay due to the lack of protective enamel. So it is worth thinking about this before you have them fitted initially.
Unless they are to be fitted to protect teeth that have already suffered enamel wear or have cracks or chips that may compromise the health of a tooth, we recommend discussing your whitening options with one of the cosmetic dentists at the Confidental Clinic. There may be alternative treatments such as teeth whitening that may be a better option for you. Ultimately, of course, the decision has to be made by you, the patient, but we do feel that it is important to understand the various aspects of your treatment options. Our cosmetic dentists are always happy to discuss our treatments with you, cosmetic or otherwise; from the many benefits through to long term care and outcomes.
If you would like to have whiter, nicer looking teeth and want to discuss the options with a well-regarded local cosmetic dentist, please call the Confidental Clinic for an appointment on 020 8674 2052.