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A great smile can brighten your life both professionally and socially. Cosmetic smile re-design techniques can give the appearance of a more youthful, fresher smile. We here at Kenilworth Dental Practice look at the whole mouth and the person behind the smile before we assess how to improve your smile. The process to design your smile starts with a thorough assessment by Dr Arjun Kachhala.

Whether on its own or as part of more complex cosmetic treatment, we at Kenilworth Dental Practice can provide veneers which will brighten up your smile.

Veneer are thin, strong and discrete pieces of porcelain custom-made to fit over the front surface of the teeth to make the overall appearance of your smile look straighter, lighter, wider or more youthful. Two visits are normally required.

Veneers also protect teeth from any more damage. Tooth surface can be dissolved away by acid in the mouth (usually from consumption of certain kinds of food and drink); this can make teeth very sensitive to hot and cold. In this situation, veneers can protect the teeth.


Please contact us to book a consultation.

So what does the procedure involve?

Rest assured, all our dentists are vetted and trained to ensure that you will ultimately achieve a first class result.

Visit one-The front of the teeth involved need to be reduced to the right shape so that the veneers will make everything appear to line up correctly once fitted. This is how:

  • We usually numb the area around the teeth with a painless injection and wait for it to work properly;

  • Using a small, high-speed drill we carefully remove a very small amount of natural tooth material off the front surface– just enough to prevent the veneer making the tooth look or feel bulky;

  • We use a putty-like material to record the shape of the teeth being veneered and the teeth around it – this is called taking an ‘impression’, so our dental technician can tell the shape and size of the veneer to make for you;

  • We send the impression, along with the correct colour information, to our dental technician who will make the veneers;

Visit two

  • The veneers are glued in place. They normally fit perfectly like a 3D jigsaw;

  • Your new smile is ready to use straight away!

How long do veneers last?

  • Veneers will look at their best for 10-15 years or so providing you follow our advice for good maintenance. This means avoiding sweet foods/drinks too often, daily brushing and flossing combined with a strict regime of regular attendance with a dentist and hygienist.

  • Veneers are strong but occasionally come away from the tooth or break if the tooth is knocked. They can sometimes be glued back on, but will have to be replaced if they are severely damaged.

  • As time goes by the veneers may start to look a little less ‘perfect’ than the day they were fitted due to very slight dulling of the shiny porcelain surface. The gums may also recede causing the join between the veneer and the tooth to become apparent if inspected particularly closely. Whilst these are not major issues that necessitate replacement, you may find that you will wish to replace them in the future to have everything look as good as possible. However this is usually your choice rather than there being any clinical need for replacement.

Veneers combined with Teeth Whitening.

If you wish to make the teeth lighter you will need to whiten the teeth before we start veneers (see above). Once the colour of the porcelain veneers is established it cannot be altered without removing veneers and making new ones at additional cost-so if you wish to whiten your teeth now or in the future, you should do it before veneers are made so that their colour can be matched to the whitened teeth.

Contact us to arrange an appointment to have your smile improved with veneers, or to arrange an assessment for a complete smile re-design.


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