What is a veneer?
At Dr Richard Clinics near Harley Street, London, W1, as part of our cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer porcelain veneers and crowns depending on the needs of the patient.
We currently offer smile design with veneers, crowns and bridges & free 30 minute consultations for cosmetic dental treatments at our London Cosmetic Dental clinic near Harley Street, W1.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain designed to fit over the front of the tooth to change its colour, shape or position. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten the front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again by covering the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers are also recommended if you have gaps in your teeth when orthodontic braces may not be suitable, or if you have not had success with tooth whitening. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it in line with the others. Veneers last longer than bonding, provide a superior appearance, and are less expensive than crowns.
Veneers Harley Street, London
Veneers can improve teeth that:
- Have spaces between them
- Have become chipped or worn
- Are permanently stained
- Are poorly shaped
- Are slightly crooked
How long will it take to fit a veneer?
A veneer will take at least two visits to the Dr Richard Clinics near Harley Street, London, W1: the first to prepare the tooth and to match the shade, and the second to fit it. Before bonding it in place, we will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it.
Dental Crowns Harley Street, London W1
What is a crown?
As well as veneers, we also offer crowns at our Dr Richard dentistry clinic in London, near Harley street, W1.
Crowns, which are sometimes called caps, completely cover a tooth, strengthening it and restoring its normal shape and appearance. Crowns are an ideal way to restore teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
You may need a crown to:
- Cover a misshapen or discoloured tooth
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken or worn tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure
What kind of crowns are on offer?
Crowns are made from a variety of materials with the most popular being porcelain bonded to precious or non-precious materials. A precious or non-precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.
We offer a choice of materials at our Devonshire Place clinic in London including:
Porcelain crowns: these crowns are made entirely out of porcelain and are not as strong as bonded crowns, but they can look very natural and are most often used for front teeth.
All-ceramic crowns: this modern material is metal free. It can give the strength of a bonded crown and the appearance of a porcelain crown. This makes it suitable for use in all areas of the mouth.
Ultra-high-grade precious full gold crowns: gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Today it is used with other metals to increase its strength, which makes it a very hard-wearing restoration. These crowns are gold in colour.
How long does it take to fit a crown?
After your initial consultation, it will normally take two visits to our Dr Richard Clinics in London to fit the crown. We will first prepare the tooth so it is the ideal shape for the crown, and once it’s shaped, the dentist will take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth, one of the other jaw, and sometimes another to mark the way you bite together. The impressions will then be given to a dental technician, along with details of the shadings use and other information needed for the crown to be made. We will then fit a temporary crown while you wait for the crown to be made, which should take between one and two weeks.