Not everyone is born with a perfect smile, and even if one is born with perfect teeth, they can be damaged due to accidents, injuries or even get stained. Luckily, with the latest technology developments, most of these problems can be fixed by simple procedures. This procedure must be performed by a qualified dentist to avoid further complications. The procedures are classified as cosmetic procedures, therefore, they may not be covered by most insurance companies as they are performed to improve the appearance of the teeth. There are many dental practices that offer veneers in Glasgow. Local Glasgow dentistry, Berkeley Clinic, offers a range of dental treatments and veneers.
Veneers are ultra-thin pieces of ceramic also known as porcelain or composite material which can be made to fit your teeth with the main aim of improving the appearance of the teeth. Veneers are better than crowns as they can hide undesirable damages like tooth stains, damage from injuries and from other procedures and they provide a more conventional method to change the colour of the teeth. Gaps between front teeth, broken and worn teeth can be fixed using veneers. Veneers are made from long-lasting materials and when properly put in place, they will last for a long time. This procedure is considered permanent.
The procedure to fix veneers in Glasgow
Patients may need to go through up to three appointments. This will involve diagnosis, treatment planning and bonding. It is very important that the patient participates actively in the planning of the procedure.
- Trimming – The enamel is trimmed to accommodate the size of the veneer that will be placed. This will make sure that the size of the tooth is not changed dramatically. If there are signs of decay, then the trimming will be more extensive in those areas.
- Taking the colour shade –Your dentist will use a colour shade guide to determine which porcelain colour closely match your teeth. The colour of the veneer can be adjusted when it is cemented.
- Creating an impression of your tooth– The dentist will paste to make a copy of your tooth and the surrounding tissues. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory and it will be used to make your veneers. The dentist may also use a milling machine that uses a camera to take an impression of your tooth. It then grinds your veneer out of a block of ceramic in a few minutes.
- Fixing a temporary veneer – This is optional depending on how far your teeth have been trimmed back. This is as you wait for the veneer to be made in the dental lab.
- Placing and bonding the veneer – The dentist will etch the surface of the tooth with an etching gel which is then cleaned up and dried. The cement is then placed inside the veneer and squished into place. A curing light is shone on the cement to secure it into place.
The follow-up appointment
The dentist may need to check your progress and if you have any complications with the veneers, he will book you a follow up appointment. They will evaluate how the gums are reacting to the veneers and if you have a problem with sensitivity, they may be able to solve it early. You can find out more information about ceramic veneers in Glasgow and similar dental treatments available.