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18 September 2015

Porcelain Veneers Manchester – The Pros And Cons Explained

As a dentist in Cheadle Hulme dealing in a wide range of cosmetic dental treatments, one of our most popular procedures is porcelain veneers. Manchester residents similar to many people across the UK strive to maintain their appearance and one way to do this is with a great looking smile. This is where veneers can help. However despite their growing popularity there are also some risks involved. With this in mind let’s take a look at the pros and cons of porcelain veneers.

Veneers are a hassle-free solution to perfect teeth

If you speak to a dentist Cheadle Hulme regarding the best way of improving the aesthetics of your smile without damaging too much of the tooth structure, then chances are they might suggest porcelain veneers. These have the ability to change a tooth’s colour and shape quickly and efficiently without all the hassle of a crown.

Gum tissue likes porcelain

Gum tissue is known to tolerate porcelain well because the surface of the veneer is wafer thin and smooth, so once fitted it limits the likelihood of any gum problems arising.

Stain resistant

Veneers are significantly more resistant to staining than other forms of tooth restoration such as bonding. In fact, porcelain veneers are even more resistant to staining than your natural tooth enamel. That’s good news for those people that like to drink coffee or partake in the odd glass of red wine as they’ll find that the after effects on their teeth are far less noticeable.

Once fitted veneers are incredibly sturdy

Once the special bonding agent has been applied porcelain veneers in Manchester are extremely durable. They’re easily able to withstand the rigours of normal biting and chewing and are therefore a good substitute to your natural teeth.

So what about the disadvantages?

Non reversible process

Ask any cosmetic dentist in Cheadle Hulme what the number one disadvantage is with porcelain veneers and they’ll probably tell you that it’s a non-reversible process. Okay, so it’s not a complete disadvantage per se, but as a patient you need to be sure that it’s exactly what you want before the process goes ahead.

Some tooth sensitivity

One of the reasons why veneers work so well is because they sit flush on the face of the tooth. In order to achieve this a thin layer of the natural tooth enamel needs to be scraped away to accommodate the veneer. However because of this the tooth may become slightly sensitive to hot and/or cold drinks.

Not ideal for every dental situation

Although it’s fair to say that porcelain veneers can be used for a number of dental problems it isn’t ideal for all dental situations. For example those with –

• Badly decaying teeth
• Active gum disease
• Severely weakened teeth
• Inadequate tooth enamel or
• Bruxism (teeth grinding)

– won’t be a good fit for porcelain veneers.

No alterations possible once in place

While porcelain veneers Manchester can be coloured to match the shade of your teeth, once they’re in place they can’t be altered. For this reason it’s advisable for anyone planning on whitening their teeth, to get it done before any veneers are placed.

If you’re looking for an experienced cosmetic dentist, Cheadle Hulme based Church Road Dental and Cosmetics is the place to come. Utilising an experienced and highly skilled team led by Shi Karim we’ll make sure that you get the treatment you need, delivering great results along the way. We strongly believe that you won’t find a better dentist in Cheadle Hulme so why not book yourself a free, no-obligation consultation to find out more? Visit our website at or contact us directly on 01614 860 743 today and start the ball rolling towards that all-important healthier, happier smile.

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