Dentistry has changed over the past few years, so if you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry in Shrewsbury, you’ve come to the right place!
What a patient wants, rather than needs to improve the look of their teeth or smile, is considered as cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic treatment options include lightening, reshaping and repairing teeth to improve the appearance of both the teeth and the overall appearance of the smile.
Restorative options range from dental veneers through to all-ceramic crowns and bridges.
What are crowns?
Dental veneers are a modern alternative to full crown – a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth.
So, what are veneers?
Veneers have become a popular treatment due to television makeover programmes! It’s a thin piece of porcelain, or composite, made to fit over the front surface of the tooth to make it look straighter / longer / whiter, or all three!
Direct composite veneers
Direct composite veneers are a cheaper alternative to other types, such as porcelain
They are made from a combination of materials which reduces the cost and makes them an affordable alternative.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of composite veneers?
They are a good choice if you have a small crack or chip in a tooth as they will hide this as well as protecting the rest of the tooth.
And they are a good option for anyone on a budget.
They tend not to be as durable as other types of veneers, so they may have to be replaced more often.
They are also more prone to staining or discolouration than other veneers and are not as natural looking.
Typically, a direct composite veneer lasts no more than 2 years.
Porcelain veneers are a good choice if you have teeth which have become stained or discoloured over the years and you want a nice white smile.
Advantages of porcelain veneers
The main advantage of porcelain veneers is their longevity. They last longer than any other type of veneer which makes them very attractive for a number of reasons.
All veneers are tough and durable, but porcelain veneers tend to last for that bit longer.
Other advantages include:
• Natural looking (similar to your natural teeth)
• Less likely to become stained or discoloured
• Maintain the natural structure of a tooth
• Straighten crooked teeth without the need for a brace
• Hide teeth which have become worn down due to teeth grinding
• Cover a cracked or chipped tooth
• AND porcelain veneers can last for up to 10 years which is another good reason to consider having one fitted.
Disadvantages of porcelain veneers
There aren’t many! Porcelain veneers remain fixed in place for several years and because of this, are very popular.
To speak to us about composite or porcelain veneers and what might be best for you, please call and speak to us on 01743 343433.
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