This field of dentistry includes a broad range of treatments to enhance your smile. For example veneers are fine layers of porcelain which are bonded to the surfaces of your teeth to improve the appearance of crooked, worn or damaged teeth, in addition to gaps and discoloured teeth.
Veneers are a fast treatment requiring 2 or 3 visits. After your consultation we will prepare the tooth for a veneer and apply a temporary veneer. We’ll take impressions to send to our dental laboratory which will be fitted at your second visit. The veneer will be applied to the prepared tooth surface using a special dental adhesive to secure it into place. Veneers can last up to around 15 years and will depend according to the care and use.
Depending on your concern, other treatments such as orthodontics may be more suitable. This is partly because the tooth surface will need to be prepared to allow the veneer to be applied. If you have gaps, crooked or crowded teeth, orthodontics will be optimal.
If you have chipped teeth, bonding can be used instead of veneers for a fast and durable solution. This is called composite bonding, the material used is a tooth coloured resin and the material can be used to repair broken, chipped or fractured teeth.
Bonding can also be used to improve the proportions of your smile if you have gaps or irregular shapes to your teeth. The composite will be prepared in order to match the colour of your teeth perfectly, so that the treated tooth or teeth will match your other teeth precisely.
The treatment is low cost compared to other treatments like veneers and does not require the modification or preparation of the surfaces of your teeth. The natural appearance of bonding and fast treatment times are also a big advantage.
Bridges are used when a patient has a missing tooth, this can also cause the surrounding teeth to move quickly which can affect the alignment of your teeth and cause other aesthetic concerns. Changes in tooth position can affect your bite and gums in addition to the appearance of your smile.
Bridges can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. Adjacent teeth can be used to anchor the bridge and may require preparation depending on the type of bridge chosen. If a conventional bridge is used, teeth either side of the gap will need to be prepared and cut to be crowned. Bridges can last for a long time, but the disadvantage is the affect on other healthy teeth.
Some patients prefer dental implants to bridges and does not require other teeth to be altered. We will advise on the best solution for your needs.
Patients can also find out about restorative dentistry.