The white smile of your youth doesn’t have to be gone forever!
If you are in your middle years; unless you have been very fortunate, or have already had cosmetic treatments such as a teeth whitening procedure done regularly, it is likely that your teeth will no longer be as white as you remember them from your younger years. Hopefully though, you will have managed to keep your teeth healthy, or if not, had them restored successfully at Mike Allen’s Dental Practice.
Depending on your lifestyle, if you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, you may be fortunate enough to be able to have them whitened successfully with a straightforward teeth whitening procedure. For many however, the years could well have stained your teeth heavily, especially if you smoked, and the odd chip or crack in the teeth may well also be visible. Here, whitening may not yield the desired results.
Even if your teeth could be whitened, there is little point in having this done if your teeth are otherwise chipped or cracked. In fact, a nice attractive white set of teeth will almost inevitably attract people’s attention, highlighting other flaws that may be present in your teeth.
The white smile of your youth does not have to have vanished for good. As some of our Burton patients have discovered, the use of porcelain veneers offers an excellent solution for those in this position.
As well as providing whiter and brighter looking teeth, veneers also mask any other flaws by replacing the damaged enamel surface of the tooth. Initially the dentist will remove a very thin layer from the front surface of the tooth and then take impressions. These impressions will be used by a dental laboratory to produce porcelain veneers that are designed to fit you perfectly. These are attached using a strong adhesive and should last for a minimum of ten years, given good care.
Porcelain, being a non natural material, cannot decay, and therefore, looking after your new veneers is relatively straightforward. You should always brush the porcelain veneers as, although porcelain is non porous, surface staining can still occur, and this would defeat the object if your aim was to have whiter teeth.
Equally importantly, you should take care to keep the natural part of your veneered teeth clean, by regular brushing and flossing. If you neglect to do this and decay sets in, you may lose some of the natural tooth, causing the veneer to fit less securely.
Although quite rare, veneers can come detached, especially as the adhesive ages. If this should happen, please contact us to have them refitted and do not attempt to do this yourself.
If you feel that your teeth are not as attractive as they were when your were younger, and you live in the Burton On Trent area, why not call Mike Allen’s Dental Practice to discuss the steps that we can take to give you a great looking smile again? Please call us today on 01283 845345.Google+