Dentistry has made huge advancements during the past few years, especially in the materials used and this has benefited certain dental treatments, in particular dental veneers. Veneers are able to improve the look of your teeth in several different ways.
They are often used to improve the colour or shade of teeth, and are something that Leeds City Dentalcare may recommend if your teeth are intrinsically or internally stained in a way that cannot be improved through having teeth whitening. This is something that can happen through over-exposure to fluoride prior to the age of seven when teeth are still developing, or it can be due to certain antibiotics such as tetracycline. They are also a good treatment for teeth that have become discoloured due to root canal treatment, as even though this is an extremely good way of preserving the tooth it can sometimes cause the tooth to darken,
Your teeth can change shape over the years and may become more worn along the biting edges, or perhaps you’ve never liked their shape and would like your smile to be redesigned. This is something that can be done by Dr David Brown or any of the dentists here at our Leeds surgery. A properly designed smile can make your teeth look more youthful while still maintaining your individuality. For instance smile design takes into account a number of different factors such as the shape of your face, your gender and your skin tone. Your smile is unique to you and that’s something that we always look to preserve even if it is significantly improved.
It might be that your teeth are the wrong size as quite a few people have teeth that are simply too small for their smile. Some people have also lost tooth structure due to trauma, causing small chips or cracks that may be able to be repaired with veneers. This is a more conservative treatment than opting for crowns in Leeds as it helps to preserve the maximum amount of tooth structure, but this may not always be possible if your tooth has a significant amount of damage. Your dentist is the best person to advise you as to which treatment would be most beneficial.
Spaces and Alignment
Dental veneers can also be used to close up or to minimise gaps in between teeth, and are a really good way of correcting teeth that may only be a little bit crooked. While it is possible to correct minor cases of misalignment through having orthodontic treatment it may not always be worth the trouble, especially when dental veneers can correct the colour, shape and size at the same time. Our dentist at Leeds City Dentalcare would always recommend the course of treatment they feel best for your dental needs, so if they think you would benefit from orthodontic treatment as opposed to just using dental veneers then they’ll definitely tell you as your dental health is always the top priority.
As we mentioned earlier, the choice of materials available for dental veneers has changed and improved tremendously in the past few years. Even just a few years ago dental veneers only used to be made out of a type of material called feldspathic porcelain. This is powdered porcelain that is mixed up with a special liquid and which is built up in tiny increments to create the final veneer. The final result is a very beautiful veneer and it’s still a technique that is used today. However many veneers are now pressed or milled from a single block of ceramic material in a process that frequently involves CAD/CAM technology. These veneers are constructed to be very thin, and are still covered with traditional feldspathic porcelain to give lifelike restorations that are extremely strong.