The Hollywood smiles on the pages of magazines are most likely achieved using veneers –and where once this was a treatment unavailable outside Harley Street, nowadays you can easily have veneers in the Vale of Glamorgan! Created in a lab from shell-like layers of porcelain, veneers are bonded onto your teeth to hide a multitude of imperfections – from cracks and chips to gaps, discolouration and crooked teeth. At Castle Court Dental Care in Dinas Powys, we can create perfectly straight, white smiles through the expert placement of veneers.
The porcelain veneer procedure usually requires two or more sessions with your dentist. Firstly, the tooth is prepped: this involves removing a thin layer of enamel, and taking a dental impression, which will be used to fabricate your veneers – a process that usually takes a couple of weeks. When your veneers are ready, they will be bonded and cured using a special light-sensitive resin. With proper care, your veneers can last up to 15 years.
There’s no need to fear the filling at Castle Court Dental Care! These days getting a filling is a quick and painless procedure – and with our tooth-coloured composite fillings, no one will ever be able to tell the difference.
White fillings can be a great cosmetic solution for those who don't require extensive dental work. Made from a putty-like composite material, a white filling can be moulded, then permanently bonded, to your natural tooth – involving much less drilling than you’d undergo for metal fillings. White, or composite, fillings are not only used for new dental repairs, but can replace your old amalgam fillings too, so you can say goodbye to the ‘shadowed smile’ caused by those metal restorations.
Crown and bridgework
Crowns and bridges are bespoke restorations that provide long-term and lifelike solutions for broken, damaged or missing teeth. Whereas a crown is a prosthetic fitting that sits on the top of an existing tooth (‘crowning’ it), a bridge provides an excellent way of concealing gaps in your smile, with a prosthetic tooth or teeth attached at each end by crowns. Both bridges and crowns involve a similar treatment experience.
If your dentist recommends fitting a crown or bridge, you will need to sit for dental impressions, which are then sent to a laboratory. A technician will then create your bespoke crown or bridge, during which time you will be given a temporary fitting. Bridges and crowns require teeth to be filed into a shape onto which the new fitting will comfortably sit. When your fitting is ready, your Castle Court dentist will secure it permanently in place. You can expect a crown or bridge to last several years, with good oral hygiene.