The Uses and Benefits of Dental Veneers

Versatile porcelain veneers

Most patients that visit our dental practice in the City of Westminster looking for a speedy improvement in the appearance of their teeth opt, quite naturally, for a tooth whitening procedure. This is certainly one of the quickest and most effective procedures that is available in the field of cosmetic dentistry to give your teeth a real boost and is especially useful for events such as weddings or television appearances for example.

Another slightly less well known but equally effective method is that of having dental veneers fitted. This procedure is often done when a patient’s teeth are very badly discoloured; this may occur in the case of a long term smoker for example, although excess red wine, coffee and other foodstuffs may also cause severe staining over a period of time.

Dental veneers can also be used when a patient’s visible teeth are cracked or chipped and may also be used for the closure of gaps between teeth in some situations.

What Are Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can loosely be thought of as the dental equivalent of false fingernails, in that they are attached to the front of a patient’s teeth in a similar manner to the way false fingernails are attached to a person’s nails. However, it is, of course, more sophisticated than that which we will cover shortly.

The veneers themselves are usually made from a very thin layer of porcelain which is shaped to fit your teeth and can be shaded to match a patient’s current tooth colour. Of course, if you are looking for an overall improvement in the appearance of your teeth, you may wish to have all of the visible teeth fitted with dental veneers to ensure that they are all the same new shade of whiteness.

It is worth pointing out that if you are thinking of having your teeth whitened, a dental veneer will not change its shade after this treatment and therefore may not appear to be the same colour as your newly whitened teeth. If you have any concerns about this, you should discuss this with the cosmetic dentist prior to the procedure.

Having Dental Veneers Fitted

To fit dental veneers, first of all, a fine layer is removed from the front of the tooth, or teeth, where the veneers will be placed. Once this has been done, impressions are then taken and sent to a dental laboratory in order for the veneers to be made. During the waiting period, temporary veneers may be fitted to protect the prepared surface.

During the second visit, the temporary veneers will be removed and the new ones attached to the front of the tooth using dental cement. Once placed correctly, they will then be trimmed and polished to give your new teeth a natural appearance.


Although dental veneers are straightforward and effective, you may notice some extra sensitivity of the teeth they have been fitted to for a short while afterwards. This sensation usually disappears soon after the procedure though and your teeth will return to normal.

Modern veneers are made to wrap around the tooth a little for extra strength and in general use you should have no problems as far as their strength goes; however, it is advisable not to bite down on things that may cause them to become detached. Examples of this may be chewing on pen caps or biting fingernails for examples. Providing that you take care of them, your new dental veneers fitted at Zenith Dentistry should give you a great smile for many years to come.