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One of the most popular and effective treatments in cosmetic dentistry is the application of dental veneers. Veneers are thin coatings, or shells, of material that are shaped to look identical to the natural surface of a tooth. They are applied to teeth that are misshapen or crooked, discoloured, chipped or uneven. This is known as dental bonding, with the purpose of improving the appearance of those particular teeth and, as a result, perfect the overall smile. There are different types of veneer available, but the specialists at Harley Street Smile Clinic believe that long-trusted porcelain veneers are the very best material to work with for this purpose. Here are some of the different types of veneer you may find:

Composite Veneers

Composite resin veneers, also known simply as composite veneers, is a cheap veneer dental restoration that can be applied in one dentist visit. They are most usually made out of resin or plastic, can be easily repaired if broken and can last up to seven years. The process includes applying layers of composite to your tooth, for the layers to then be moulded to fit your desired shape and length. Once each layer is hardened via curing-light, the composite is polished. However delightful this form of veneer sounds, it is worth mentioning that they can also be quite easily chipped, broken or stained.

Are they expensive? Composite veneers are great for those who want quick, affordable veneers as opposed to porcelain or crowns. But, they are not so good for those who wish to avoid returns to the dentist for repairs. They are more commonly seen as quick fixes for smaller occurrences such as chipping of teeth or the discolouring of teeth.

Palatal Veneers

These particular types of dental veneers are slightly different due to their focus on the inside surfaces of your teeth. Instead of being placed on the front surface of the teeth, they are applied to the back. Why? Well, the palatal surface improves your teeth by strengthening them from behind instead of by coating their front-facing surfaces. Often made from gold, but also available in porcelain or composite, palatal dental veneers protect the back of worn down, eroded, delicate or sensitive teeth to prevent further wear and keep them strong.

If not seen to promptly and effectively, the edges of the affected teeth can be caused to break off, which can lead to the shortening of your crowns, an irreversible process.

Lumineer™ Veneers

Created from a patented material known as Cerinate®, Lumineers™ , also known as ‘non-prep veneers’, are extremely thin but strong veneers. The procedure is painless, with no needles, no drilling and no requirements for anaesthesia, being completely in merely 2 visits. Having durability and high resistance to potentially last over 20 years, they are usually used to cover discolouration or spaces in your teeth, Lumineer veneers last as long as regular porcelain veneers, but the difference is that this procedure is reversible if the recipient eventually changes their mind. However delicate they may look, Lumineers™ are really very hard wearing in terms of material. Lumineers cost less than Porcelain veneers as you would expect.

Due to Lumineers being so ultra-thin, there is barely (if any) tooth reduction necessary during the procedure. There have been issues, though, with these particular veneers detaching after application, or being so thin that the darker tooth underneath shows through.

Porcelain Veneers

Made of a high-quality, hardened ceramic, these types of dental veneers really are the old favourites for everyone. However, it is not completely a case of “you can’t improve on perfection”. Porcelain veneers have been around for decades, with older forms looking chunkier and acting as a form of  teeth whitening. Nowadays, it does still act as form of teeth whitening for people whose stained teeth do not react well to actual teeth whitening or bleaching procedures. The process consists of thin pieces of porcelain being applied to your teeth to reinstate their natural, white look. The procedure helps give strength to your teeth that mirrors natural tooth enamel. Due to fantastic advances in cosmetic dentistry, the shaping, sculpting and colour treatments available for porcelain have improved to the point where they are impossible to discern from the real thing.

Lasting up to twenty years on average, porcelain is extremely strong, even in the extremely thin form used in cosmetic dentistry, and are most likely to not have you returning to the dentist any time soon. Far less prone to staining or breakages, the only real downside to porcelain veneers is the necessity to reshape the tooth below before application, meaning that the process is irreversible. However, with their exceptional durability and perfectly natural appearance, the team at Harley Street Smile Clinic believe that porcelain offers the best results every time.

If you are considering veneers, call Harley Street Smile Clinic today. You can call us on 020 7486 6777 for a free consultation, or e-amail us at jill@harleystreetsmileclinic.co.uk. On of our dental experts will be happy to help you.

Looking for more information about dental veneers read our Complete Guide to Dental Veneers.

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