What is it about teeth that makes every little imperfection on them so darn noticeable? Every chip, every worn edge, every slight twist or stain, you just know everyone can see them. No, you’re not being paranoid. People really do notice every little crack or chip, gap and twist because evolution has hardwired us to.
Evolutionary spotlight on the smile
Mouths are gateways to the body and when we look into someone’s mouth, when they smile and talk, we subconsciously form opinions about how healthy they are. And if their teeth don’t look so great, it makes us recoil just a tiny bit.
And that’s not good because evolution also designed our smiles to be our most important non-verbal method of communication. Give a big smile and people are hardwired to treat you like a friend. Cover your mouth with your hand, or smile with closed lips and people can start to think you are cold and unfriendly.
So, what to do about those imperfections? Fortunately, here at Leamington Spa Dental Practice, we have the solution: veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are tiny sheaths made out of dental porcelain. They are cemented onto the fronts of your teeth to cover over imperfections. They can be used to cover over chips, cracks, stains, gaps and worn edges. They are also a great way to sort out the odd mildly misaligned tooth that it would be a bit over the top to get braces for.
How to get veneers
It takes a couple of appointments. During the first, we take impressions of your teeth and these go off to the lab where the veneers are made. We tell the lab what colour to make them, and they make sure the veneers will match your other teeth in shape and colour. We then remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth and later cement the veneers on.
Veneers are very strong and can last for at least 10 years, with good care and avoiding doing silly things like using them to open bottles.
You can get one or two done, or have all your teeth covered. Come and find out what veneers can do for you.
One of the wonderful things about modern dentistry is how it can give people the smile they have always wanted, and restore what they once had but were robbed of over time. Even a mild imperfection, like a chip or one mildly misaligned tooth, can be enough to steal away your self-confidence and stop you smiling. And that’s not good because a good smile gets your body releasing serotonin, the feel-good chemical.
One of the quickest ways to get rid of imperfections is to cover them over, and with dentists at Leamington Spa Dental Practice in Leamington Spa, it can be done in almost no time with veneers.
Veneers were first invented in 1920s Hollywood as a way to transform teeth for different movie roles. They weren’t great and usually fell out after a few takes. However, with the advent of dental porcelain in the 1950s, veneers started to come into their own.
Modern veneers are still made of porcelain, but they are so thin and tiny compared with veneers of even a couple of decades ago. On top of that, they are highly durable and can last for more than 10 years if you look after them – no more opening bottles with your teeth.
A good veneer is colour-matched to your natural teeth. If you want to go a few shades whiter, you need to do this before you get veneers as porcelain does not bleach. The veneer will be sized to fit your mouth and shaped to match your other teeth. If you take a look at celebrity veneers, you will see that there is such a thing as veneers that are too big. Better to go for smaller ones for a more natural look.
Veneers take two appointments and a couple of weeks to fit. In the first appointment, we will take impressions, carry out colour-matching, and prepare your teeth by removing a very thin layer of enamel so that your veneers will lie flush with your other teeth. Then, two weeks later, we can fit your veneers to your prepared teeth using dental adhesive. And that’s it. You are ready to smile at the world.