If your mouth is generally healthy but your teeth are showing signs of wear and tear – chips, cracks, gaps and discolouration – then Westwood Dental Practice has a range of cosmetic options to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
The go-to treatment for achieving a Hollywood smile, veneers are eggshell-thin, porcelain covers that are laid over the existing tooth and bonded in place by your dentist. Veneers cover a multitude of minor imperfections and can be expertly positioned and shaped to create a beautifully straight, perfectly white smile.
If your mouth and gums are in good health and you don’t require orthodonal work, it is likely that veneers are the best option for correcting a number of unsightly factors – crooked teeth, gaps, chips, cracks and stains to name a few.
Before going ahead with the procedure, your dentist will take X-rays, dental impressions and photographs and will be able to show you a digital image of what your new smile will look like with veneers in place. Your dental impressions will be sent to a technician who will create your custom-fit veneers. You will be fitted with temporary veneers until your permanent ones are ready. Next, your dentist will prepare your teeth for veneer placement by removing a layer of enamel proportionate to the thickness of the veneer. The new ‘tooth’ is then laid over the top of your existing tooth, shaped, smoothed and bonded into place.
No – often they can be fitted without the need for pain relief, though sometimes a local anaesthetic is used. Your dentist at Westwood Dental Practice will talk you through the options prior to treatment.
For teeth that are significanty worn down or missing, crowns and bridges provide an excellent aesthetic solution.
A crown is a custom-made prosthetic that is fitted over your existing tooth. It’s ideal if your tooth is too damaged for a filling, effectively restoring its shape so that it both functions normally and looks like a real tooth.
The prosthetic is made by a dental technician using your dental impressions. Your dentist will prepare your tooth for a crown by filing it down to a shape that will easily bond with the new tooth. You will be fitted with a temporary crown while your permanent one is being engineered; once this is ready, the crown can be bonded to the prepared tooth.
A bridge is a prosthetic that covers the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. It is custom created by a technician using your dental impressions and secured at each end by a crown.