Delivering life-changing smiles Greenwich, London

Delivering life-changing smiles Greenwich, London

Delivering life-changing smiles Greenwich, London

Delivering life-changing smiles Greenwich, London

How does my dentist apply a veneer?

Veneers can be either non-prepared or prepared depending on the clinical situation. Minimal preparation veneers involve your dentist removes around .5 to .7 mm of enamel from the tooth to allow the veneer to adhere correctly.

Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist takes measurements and sends them to the dental lab to create a custom veneer.

At your next appointment, your dentist will permanently bond your bespoke veneer over the tooth.

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What types of veneers are there?

Veneers can be made from either composite resin or ceramic, both of which have their own advantages.

  • Ceramic is a very thin and hard type of glass, which means that your veneers will be shiny and bright. Ceramic is also more resistant to staining so it’s an excellent low-maintenance option.
  • Composite resin is made from a similar substance that is used in fillings and are tooth-coloured. However, as it is porous it is more liable to stain so regular polishing is recommended to keep them looking tip-top.
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Your Veneer Journey With Us

What to expect during your veneer treatment

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When you visit us for a veneer consultation, your dentist will explain the treatment process and help you to choose the exact shade you would like.

Your dentist will prepare your natural teeth for the application of the veneers and they will be fixed into place at the next visit.

You will leave The Cosmetic Dental Gallery Greenwich with a brand new, sparkling smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you take good care of them, composite veneers can last around 3-7 years whereas ceramic veneers can stay on average for 10-15 years. Once veneers are applied, just treat them like natural teeth. You must maintain regular oral hygiene at home and visit us for routine hygiene to ensure that your new veneers will continue to look great.

You treat a veneer as you would a tooth without the covering. Brush and floss regularly, and avoid staining foods or drink, and habits like tobacco use.

If you do not suffer from gum disease and have enough enamel on the tooth for the veneer, you can get a veneer.

There are no restrictions as to the number of teeth you can cover with veneers. The number of veneers depends on the cosmetic changes you want to make to your smile.

Dentists use crown lengthening to recontour gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth’s surface so that a crown can fit over it properly. It can help correct a “gummy smile,” or it can prepare the tooth’s surface for further cosmetic or structural procedures. It can also create a gumline that appears more proportionate throughout your top and bottom teeth.

Sometimes some of your tooth’s surface may be hidden beneath the gumline. If too much is unexposed, there will be insufficient structure for a crown to be fitted or for a veneer to adhere correctly.

Crown lengthening is also performed for cosmetic purposes. Some patients have what is called a “gummy smile,” meaning that a significant amount of their gums are exposed when they smile.

Crown lengthening can correct this by exposing more of the teeth’s surface, pushing back the gums and evening out your smile.

After applying a local anaesthetic, your dentist surgically removes very small amounts of gum tissue until the dentist achieves your desired appearance.

Depending on the patient, it usually takes about 3 months for the gums to completely heal but you will be able to resume normal function after a few weeks.

You may have some discomfort and swelling around the area. You can use over-the-counter medication and cold compresses to relieve these after-effects.

Avoid hot food or drinks for a while to minimise bleeding, and follow a soft-food diet while your gums heal. Also, avoid alcohol and tobacco products. If there is some slight bleeding, you can apply clean gauze to the area, holding it firmly in place until the bleeding stops.

You can chew and drink on the opposite sides of your mouth to avoid irritating your healing gums. You should also avoid acidic foods or anything that is sticky and might get caught around your gumline.

Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash twice per day. You can use this mouthwash on the tip of a cotton swab to gently brush around the surgical site.

Avoid brushing the area until the stitches absorb or are removed. In addition to using a cotton swab with antiseptic mouthwash, you can use a toothpick to gently remove any trapped food particles until you can brush and floss normally.

Generally, veneers require two visits: one to shape the teeth and one to cement these natural looking veneers to the teeth. Between visits, your dentist can place attractive provisional veneers to help prevent sensitivity, allow function, and provide a nice smile. These provisional veneers are designed to be in your mouth for a limited time but should be comfortable until your new veneers are completed.

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Cosmetic Treatments 

Smile Makeover

Smile Makeover

From the first moments you meet someone new, as you greet a loved one or as you nervously take your place in front of an audience waiting to hear you speak.
Air Polish

Air Polish

Air-Flow is a professional stain removal system that tackles stubborn stains

Veneers

Veneers

Veneers are custom-made thin coverings of porcelain made to fit over the outer surface of your front teeth to improve their colour, shape and position

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is an easy, safe and comfortable process to brighten up your smile

Composite Bonding

Composite Bonding

Cosmetic Bonding is a procedure where the dentist adds a special-coloured resin to your teeth to improve their appearance and shape