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Incredibly thin Lumineer veneers from Billericay dentist

Lumineers have transformed the world of dental veneers. These ultra-thin veneers can be placed over any teeth to offer a complete aesthetic overhaul as well as offering protection to damaged teeth and enabling you to live a life without limitations on what you can eat and drink because of your teeth.

Dental veneers have been used for many years to improve the appearance of teeth. Discolouration, staining and worn enamel are common problems that affect many thousands of patients across the UK. These dental concerns can make it very embarrassing to smile as well as very painful even when doing the most simple activities. Veneers, like dental crowns which are their thicker sibling, are cemented over the existing teeth to restore the cosmetic appearance and act as a protective barrier against further damage.

In the past this meant that a layer of natural tooth enamel had to be removed to allow the veneers to fit comfortably over the top without appearing too big in the mouth. This was always a drawback as dentists never like removing healthy enamel unless absolutely necessary. Now Lumineers have made this a thing of the past as they are thin enough to require no enamel removal. This also makes the process completely reversible should you have a reason for wanting to reverse it. With Lumineers you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Lumineers could be just the answer you have been looking for to get the perfect smile you have always wanted. Billericay dentists are currently using Lumineers to restore the appearance of damaged and unevenly spaced teeth in as little as two appointments. Make an appointment to see what Lumineers could do for you. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Versatile cosmetic bonding from Chelmsford dentist repairs teeth

Cosmetic bonding has been used for many years in cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. The process involves using small amounts of acrylic resin and moulding it into the desired shape. Cosmetic bonding is the most versatile tool in cosmetic dentistry that can be used to fill dental cavities, repair broken or damaged teeth and even as an alternative to porcelain veneers.

Bonding is a popular choice for filling material as it can be made to closely match the colour of the existing tooth enamel. It is often preferred to silver-amalgam fillings, even though it is not as strong, because of the aesthetic advantages and also because of the controversy surrounding the safety of using mercury in amalgam fillings. Many patients are even choosing to replace their old-fashioned amalgam fillings to improve the appearance of their teeth. For large cavities it may not be possible to use cosmetic bonding because it can become brittle in large areas, but by using a ceramic inlay cemented with dental bonding the same results can be achieved.

Composite bonding can also be used to seal cracks that have been caused by physical trauma to the teeth. It can also be moulded to repair small chips. The procedure involves mixing the resin to the right consistency and colour before applying it in layers to the desired shape. When satisfied, the dentist will then set the bonding hard with the heat of a dental laser before polishing the cosmetic bonding to make it appear more like enamel. Chelmsford dentists also use bonding to cover discoloured or stained teeth, producing results similar to having a set of porcelain veneers but at a fraction of the cost. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Protect damaged teeth with dental crown from Billericay dentist

When teeth are damaged either by decay or accident, the pain is caused by the exposure of the sensitive dental nerve located at the centre of the tooth. In a normal functioning tooth the nerve is protected by a layer of pulp and dentine and then finally covered with a layer of hard protective enamel. When a tooth suffers form decay this enamel is broken down exposing the softer central parts of the tooth and dental nerve to infection and extremes of hot and cold. This can lead to painful toothache and even tooth loss.

Holes in the enamel therefore need to be filled with a protective substance to replace the enamel. These are commonly known as fillings but in certain circumstances, a filling is not enough to protect the tooth from further damage and more extensive protection is needed. In this case dentists uses what is called a crown to offer a greater degree of protection to the tooth. A crown covers the whole of the tooth exposed above the gum and can be made form metal, porcelain or a combination of the two, although most patients today prefer porcelain because of the aesthetic qualities it offers.

Crowns are also used for teeth that have been cracked and damaged by injury to the face. Cracked or broken teeth can be very painful and if they cannot be repaired with dental bonding then they too will require a crown from a Billericay dentist to prevent further pain.

The crown is manufactured to closely resemble the shape pf the existing tooth before being cemented over the top to act as a protective barrier. It may be necessary to remove some existing enamel to allow the crown to fit comfortably over the top. A dental crown can last longer than fifteen years if properly cared for. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

Experience the benefits of cosmetic dentistry at Harlow dentist

Over the last twenty years a change has occurred in the way we view the dentist. The dentist is no longer just a medical professional there to repair damage to teeth and keep them healthy, but they are now additionally seen as cosmetic technicians. They are able, using a variety of new procedures, to drastically improve the appearance of even the most damaged and unhealthy looking teeth.

The change really began with the advent of modern teeth whitening. People began to realise that having a healthy and beautiful looking smile could be a real advantage and work wonders for the self-confidence. As treatments like teeth whitening became more affordable more people began to see the benefits on offer from their dentist. Other cosmetic treatments such as dental bonding, orthodontic straightening and teeth contouring all became very popular as the full potential of cosmetic dentistry was gradually revealed to the public.

In recent years, a more extensive and comprehensive cosmetic dentistry treatment called a smile makeover has grown in popularity as it offers a complete dental transformation utilising a number of treatments suitable for your teeth. The potential of a smile makeover has been seen on many of the wave of TV makeover shows where even the most unhealthy looking teeth can be transformed.

Harlow dentists offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental treatments ranging from the most simple to the most extensive and with treatments to suit every budget it is possible for everyone to benefit from cosmetic dentistry. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford

Replace discoloured teeth with porcelain veneers from Chelmsford dentist

Dental veneers are ceramic shells that are custom made to fit over the top of teeth repairing damage done by injury, erosion or discolouration.

Common tooth injuries that require repair are teeth that are either chipped, cracked or broken due to head trauma from physical injury. Porcelain veneers can restore the structural integrity of the tooth while also enhancing the tooth’s cosmetic appearance. In some instances, such as discoloured or worn teeth, the veneers are for purely cosmetic reasons. A row of veneers across the dental arc can completely change the appearance of teeth in one afternoon. Modern veneers are made form incredibly thin porcelain that replicates the translucent appearance of tooth enamel.

Teeth can become stained or discoloured for a number of reasons. Sometimes it is the result of a hereditary condition or certain medical treatment, but more often than not it is the result of time and certain substances such as tobacco or red wine. Patients with fragile enamel often have teeth that are badly worn which need protecting to prevent further erosion. For all of these concerns, dentists can fit porcelain veneers to restore the integrity and appearance of real teeth.

Previously, porcelain dental veneers needed to be manufactured in laboratory conditions after the dentist had measured the existing teeth using dental moulds and x-rays but modern computer technology has significantly reduced treatment time and accuracy. The latest digital x-rays and 3D imaging means dentists have access to exact three-dimensional representations of the patient’s teeth almost instantly. Using computer-aided technology they can manufacture the veneers in as little as six minutes per tooth. Because modern veneers are so thin they can be fitted over existing teeth with minimal enamel removal. Some modern veneers are also completely removable.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, or think on or more of your teeth needs strengthening, ask a Chelmsford dentist about porcelain veneers at your next appointment. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.