Dental veneers in Edinburgh

Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry that cover your existing teeth to hide common problems with a new, whiter and brighter finish. At Stafford Street Dental & Implant Clinic in Edinburgh we can offer advice on whether dental veneers are a suitable solution and the options available to you.

You might be interested in dental veneers if:

  • You have chipped or broken teeth.
  • Your teeth are discoloured.
  • You have gaps between your teeth.
  • Your teeth have become worn down.
  • You have misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth.  

There are two kinds of dental veneers

Porcelain veneers 

Porcelain are long-lasting, natural looking teeth that are crafted in the finest detail to look just like natural teeth by specialist technicians in a dental laboratory. These are usually fitted in two or three appointments and require some preparation to your existing teeth, for example a small amount of your existing enamel needs to be removed in order to adhere the veneers directly to your teeth.

    Composite veneers 

    Composite veneers can be applied in one visit. Layers of resin are applied directly to the tooth, masking any damaged enamel, which is then sculpted to the correct shape and size to look just like natural teeth. Composite veneers are a good option if you have stained or slightly damaged teeth, such as a chipped or cracked tooth.

      How long will my veneers last for? 

      Dental veneers are a durable way to improve your smile. The lifetime of your veneers is subject to your dental care routine, your lifestyle and the kind of veneer you have had fitted. Well-cared for porcelain veneers will last between 10-20 years, while composite veneers should last between four to eight years. Make sure that you continue to see your dentist regularly. Good communication between you and your dentist will ensure that your veneers last as long as possible and that your natural teeth and gums remain healthy.  

        How do I get dental veneers?

        Porcelain veneers are an irreversible dental procedure, so it’s important that you speak to your Stafford Street Dental & Implant Clinic dentist. They will discuss all your options and thoroughly examine your teeth and gums. 

        If you are having porcelain veneers fitted then this will usually take two appointments, as the veneers are created to your unique specification in a dental laboratory.

        As composite veneers are moulded directly onto your teeth, these can be applied in one visit, so you can walk away with a new smile the same day. After your teeth have been prepared, a resin is applied and moulded to your teeth. You can trust that your Stafford Street Dental & Implant Clinic dentist is highly skilled in the art of sculpting the resin to look at natural as possible.   

          How do I care for my dental veneers?

          About one to two weeks after your dental veneers have been fitted, your dentist will see you for a review to make sure that you are happy with the look and feel of them, examine your gums and answer any queries you may have.

          Treat your dental veneers as you would your own teeth, by brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste and flossing twice a day. Dental veneers, just like your enamel, can become stained. Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain, but you should be careful when eating particularly hard foods – porcelain is a kind of glass, so while strong it is also brittle.

          Dental veneers will usually need to be replaced at some point, but by keeping up a good oral hygiene routine you can ensure that they last for as long as possible. 

          If you think that dental veneers are for you, make an appointment today with Stafford Street Dental & Implant Clinic on 0131 225 7576 for a consultation to further discuss your options.

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