With all of the current hype in veneers… what harm are people really doing to their teeth?!

If you have teeth you are not happy about, your mouth area can become a huge source of anxiety and concern.

All of us can say we face some level of pressure to ‘look good,’ and your teeth and smile are one of the first things people will notice about you.

Of course, it is normal to want beautiful, straight teeth, we all want to look and feel our best.

However, its not only aesthetics that matter, and it is important to consider your oral health as well. 

There is a lot of misinformation about cosmetic dentistry out there, and it is vital to find resources you trust.

At The Perfect Smile, we have a full team of highly-qualified, award-receiving dentists. As the past president and accredited member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), I can personally vouch for the skills and expertise of my colleagues. 

If veneers are applied correctly, by the right hands and using high-quality materials, we can confidently say that this type of cosmetic dentistry will not damage your teeth.

There are of course things you should consider before getting the treatment done. 

How do veneers work?

We aim to develop a level of care and trust with our patients, but if you are not a long-term patient at the practice, you may not automatically trust our word.

To fully accept the idea that veneers are not damaging your teeth, it can be helpful to gain a basic understanding about how they work.

Porcelain veneers are manufactured in a way that allows them to fit snuggly over your teeth and enhance the appearance of your smile. In this sense, veneers almost provide a protective barrier over your teeth.

Veneers are bonded to your natural teeth using a material that hardens under a specific type of light.

The next step includes shaping and polishing the teeth. We utilise high-end technology that allows us to show you what your smile will look like before it is finished, which means you can tell us anything you want to change before the procedure is carried out.

If we do decide to go ahead with veneers, we will custom-design them to fit your exact smile. There are lots of options available, and you can decide whether you want one veneer or a full mouth of veneers. You can also dictate and adjust the shape, size and colour. Find out about choosing the right veneer option for you here.

At The Perfect Smile we offer free consultation meetings, and at this appointment, you can tell our cosmetic dentists what you are not happy with and what you are looking to change. The dentists will then evaluate whether or not veneers are the best option for you, and your treatment will proceed accordingly.

Refer to some of our long-term patient testimonials to get a better idea of the kind of relationship we foster with our patients!

So, when could damage occur?

The reason veneers get a bad rep is because some unqualified dentists are carrying out the procedure. 

Additionally, problems may occur when the treatment is given to people before doing oral health check-ups and fixing any health issues they already have.

At The Perfect Smile, we take x-rays beforehand to make sure the teeth underneath are healthy and not decayed.

If your teeth are not to our desired standard, then we will offer alternative options such as composite veneers, bonding, orthodontic or brace treatments, teeth whitening or just teeth contouring. 

The most important factor is that you are told of all the options with risks and benefits so that you make the right decision, and at The Perfect Smile this is something we commit to.