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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Which veneers are best to revamp that smile?

by Myrtle Banks

If you've been longing for a fresh new smile, it may be time to consider dental veneers. Of all cosmetic dentistry practices, veneers offer the most popular and affordable way to improve your smile, replace damaged parts of your teeth, straighten your bite or make your smile appear more uniform, or just plain sunnier. But with several types of veneers available, figuring out which form of veneers is best is a matter of weighing up what will work for you.

Composite, Porcelain or Lumineers?

In the past, dental veneers were formed from porcelain that was lined with metal. The porcelain in these veneers needed to be tinted in a strong shade in order to hide the metal underneath, and the metal itself sometimes led to receding gums and stain lines on the teeth. But those days are over, and today's dental devotees have a choice of composite veneers, Lumineers and the new-look porcelain veneers.

  1. Composite veneers use a unique bonding technology in which a resin in the colour of your teeth is shaped right there in your mouth. Because the process is relatively simple, composite veneers can often be fitted in a single appointment.   

  2. Lumineers are a trademarked product produced in the USA that are partially reversible. Because they are mass produced, Lumineers can be fitted fairly quickly over a few visits to the dentist; however this also limits the capacity of these veneers to be tailor made to suit your face and mouth. Lumineers do leave some etching marks on the original teeth and, because Lumineers can only be fitted once, it's not possible to trial your new smile, as it is with porcelain veneers, so once you take the plunge you need to be reasonably confident in your design choices.

  3. Porcelain veneers are now handcrafted from light-capturing porcelain that realistically echoes the look of the genuine article. Without a metal base, porcelain veneers have a healthy, translucent look, making them the most natural of the veneer choices. Porcelain veneers can give you the perfect Hollywood smile, or they can even be formed with deliberate imperfections to enhance their natural appearance and help them blend perfectly with the teeth surrounding them. Porcelain veneers are highly regarded in the industry, as they are strong and stain resistant and can maintain their beauty for years without maintenance. Porcelain veneers do require a more thorough fitting process than the other veneer materials and usually require several trips to the dentist and some high-tech diagnostics before they are good to go.

Regardless of your choice in material, veneers offer the opportunity to totally revamp your pearly whites, doing away with the stains and chips of the past and putting on a fresh new face. No wonder you'll be smiling.