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.
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic treatment, designed to improve the look of your teeth by covering discoloured teeth or a gap between teeth. It usually needs two or three visits to complete the permanent application of veneers. A mould will be taken off your teeth so the veneer/s can be made for an exact fit – production will take two or three weeks. Before the veneers are fitted, the surface of the tooth is prepared by reshaping, thinning and polishing the enamel – this procedure will be done under local anaesthetic. The dentist will then cement the veneer to the tooth and use a light beam to form a strong bond.
It will be important to take steps to maintain your veneers and prevent staining or chipping. With care, they could last more than 10 years, possibly up to 20.
The advantages of porcelain veneers
Porcelain veneers are stain resistant, although without care they can discolour in the same way as natural teeth.
Preparation for the veneers will preserve the majority of the tooth structure, so with minimal restructuring, they will achieve maximum impact.
Foods to avoid
Once your veneers have had a chance to settle down, you will be able to eat normally again. However, in order to prevent damage to your veneers, it’s best to avoid biting on hard foods such as hard sweets, nuts, seeds or popcorn as well as hard biscuits and even ice.
Giving up bad habits
Porcelain veneers are permanent and irreversible, which means that even the smallest of damage to one will result in the entire veneer having to be replaced. It’s therefore up to you to stop those bad habits which might cause damage – such as nail-biting, chewing the end of your pen, opening packets or even bottles with your teeth, cracking nuts with your teeth, using your teeth to pull gloves on and off, etc. – in order to prevent cracking. If you grind your teeth in your sleep and it’s not possible to prevent it happening, you will need to wear a mouthguard to protect the veneers.
Porcelain Veneers in Harley Street, London, W1
Find below the operational areas that we cover for those who need porcelain veneers.
- Regents Park
- Great Portland Street
- Baker Street
- Warren Street
- Euston / Euston Square
- Kings Cross
- Edgware Road