Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-coloured materials designed to cover the front side of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth.
Tooth preparation is minimal and confined to the enamel structure. The veneer is bonded to the tooth structure with tooth-coloured resin cement. Several visits are necessary to complete treatment.
Patients should be aware that this is usually an irreversible process because it’s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Benefits of Veneers
A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as ‘false teeth’, a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and often improves a person’s appearance.
Depending on the complexity of each case, the duration of the treatment will vary. After the initial visit of examination and diagnosis, the subsequent visits will include taking impressions of the mouth, bite registration, try-in of the denture, fitting and review.
New dentures always feel strange when first placed in your mouth. Several days or weeks will be required before you get accustomed to them. Adaptation varies with different persons and often time and experience are essential before dentures can be worn comfortably and function effectively.
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods and foods cut into small pieces will help. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent dentures from tipping. Once you become accustomed to chewing, include other foods until you return to your normal diet.
You may experience an increase in salivary flow when the dentures are first inserted. This is a natural response of the salivary glands that will return to normal after a few weeks. You can improve the situation by swallowing more often.
New dentures may alter your speech initially. Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will speed up the adaptation process. This problem rarely persists beyond two weeks.
Minor irritation caused by surface irregularities or pressure spots on the denture-bearing areas are quite common. Your dentist will relieve the discomfort by adjusting the denture surface. Stop wearing the denture if the irritation is very painful. Consult your dentist immediately.
Dental bleaching or tooth whitening is a method of lightening the colour of natural teeth. The colour of teeth varies between individuals and at different ages – teeth can gradually darken naturally over time. Tooth colour is influenced by a person’s genetic makeup and by any surface stains or deposits in or on the teeth. If teeth are dark due to external stains or deposits they will need to be cleaned before tooth whitening is undertaken.
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Eligibility for treatment is determined through information you provide and is gathered during your consultation and screening. While many individuals will qualify for treatment, not all people are deemed candidates for the procedure. If this is the case the dentist will discuss their findings with you and advise on other possible treatment options.
Teeth Whitening FAQ
Tooth whitening is the safest thing to do to teeth apart from doing nothing. There is a risk that the whitening process will not work quickly and the dentist will discuss the possible reasons why this might not work particularly well or why it might take longer than average. Not all teeth whiten to the same extent, particularly deeply discoloured teeth. Some teeth lighten more effectively or more quickly than others. Teeth which are already quite white only lighten a little further. Some teeth do not whiten evenly. This can be a problem where the gum has receded and the darker root surface is exposed. Such teeth or worn teeth can become sensitive with whitening. Certain types of tooth discolouration do not respond easily and require special treatment by a dentist. Fillings, veneers, crowns and bridges that match the existing teeth will not change colour with whitening. The cost of replacing these so that they match the new lighter colour of the natural teeth can be considerable and must be discussed with the dentist before whitening is undertaken. Extensive clinical data continues to support the safety and effectiveness of tooth whitening but during the process teeth may become sensitive for a period of time. This is usually only temporary and a fluoride gel or special sensitive type tooth paste can be placed in the tray and worn for up to 30 minutes before and after each whitening period to minimise the sensitivity. Temporary irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth, particularly the gums, is rare but can occur if too much gel is loaded into the trays. The dentist will advise how to help avoid this problem.
Teeth that have been whitened have a tendency to eventually return to their original colour. The time this takes depends on a patient’s diet and whether they smoke. The colour obtained would be expected to be maintained as long as top up gels are regularly used.
Under European legislation, brought out to control hair bleaching by hairdressers, certain products containing hydrogen peroxide cannot be supplied for cosmetic purposes because of “cosmetic regulations”. In late 2012 the law was clarified to make it illegal for non-dentally qualified people to carry out tooth whitening. Tooth whitening materials are perfectly safe when used under the supervision of a dentally qualified professional person.
The only other ways to change the colour of teeth involves drilling the teeth or bonding white filling material onto them. In some instances tooth whitening will not be able to deliver the desired result and then invasive techniques must be considered. The great advantage of tooth whitening is that is does not involve the destruction of existing healthy tooth structure. This type of tooth destruction has been shown to produce tooth death, requiring root canal therapy, in up to 10% of teeth prepared for veneers, crowns or bridges.
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