Teeth whitening can be an excellent boost your smile but it cannot cover up imperfections in your teeth. This is one of the reasons why it makes an excellent treatment in combination with dental veneers. Dental veneers are an extremely versatile treatment that is relatively conservative as only a tiny amount of natural tooth structure needs to be removed from the front of the tooth. A dental veneer is an extremely thin slip of porcelain that is constructed to precisely fit over the front of the tooth. Once it is cemented onto the prepared tooth it creates a relatively strong restoration. Dental veneers can be used to hide or mend a number of imperfections in the teeth, and these include:
- Closing gaps in between the teeth
- Mending small cracks or chips in the teeth
- Covering teeth that are discoloured due to antibiotic use
- Covering teeth that are affected by excess exposure to fluoride
- Lengthening teeth that are worn or too short
- Masking the colour of teeth that have become discoloured due to root canal treatment
- Giving a more pleasing shape to misshapen teeth or teeth that are too small
If you decide you’d like to have dental veneers in combination with teeth whitening then it’s best to visit your dentist for advice, even if you intend to whiten your teeth yourself using a home whitening kit or products purchased online. You should book a full dental checkup to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy prior to treatment, and this is something that’s important even if you only intend to bleach your teeth. Carrying out any type of cosmetic dental treatment on unhealthy teeth is never a good idea as it’s likely to increase any tooth sensitivity and could even be painful. At the very worst it could damage your teeth and gums.
Have Your Teeth Bleached before You Have Veneers
Your dentist will be able to advise you as to which teeth would benefit from having veneers. It could be that you only need one or two to help perfect your smile. If you decide to go ahead and use these two treatments in combination and it’s important to have your teeth bleached first. This is because it’s much easier to match the shade of your porcelain veneers to your newly white teeth rather than to try to do it the other way round. The results will be far more accurate and natural.
The Procedure for Having Dental Veneers
The procedure for having dental veneers is very straightforward, as your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic before preparing your teeth. They will only remove the amount of tooth structure necessary to give good results, and will take an impression of your newly prepared teeth to send to the dental laboratory, alongside an accurate description of the shade and shape required. It generally takes a couple of weeks before your veneers to be fabricated, and your dentist may give you temporary veneers to protect the prepared surfaces. The final step is to return to your surgery to have the veneers fitted. Your dentist will make sure the fit is accurate, and that the finished result is aesthetically pleasing before cementing them permanently into position.
With proper dental care and regular visits to your dentist you can expect your veneers to last approximately 10 years. One thing to bear in mind with veneers is that they will need renewing periodically, so you do need to budget for their replacement.