TOOTH ENAMEL AND DENTAL VENEERS
In most cases dental veneers replace lost tooth enamel to either rebuild a healthy tooth or to realign crooked teeth. Rebuilding a tooth using a dental veneer helps prevent tooth decay and give the appearance of healthy tooth enamel. In cosmetic dentistry we can also help make a tooth whiter for a bright smile. There are many tooth straightening options most notably clear braces and inman aligners. Unlike metal braces it is difficult to spot if someone is wearing clear braces. If people with crooked teeth and perhaps gaps between their teeth are looking for a restorative solution then dental veneers are a way forward. Tooth bonding is a well accepted treatment for improving the appearance of a smile. By carefully removing tiny amounts of tooth enamel I can prepare the healthy teeth without risking damage to the dentine below. Designing dental veneers often requires a wax mock up of the ideal position from crooked teeth to ideal smile. I can then present to the patient how their crooked teeth could look with a new bright smile. I then prepare the tooth by removing tiny amounts of tooth enamel, often microns of thickness and send an impression to the dental laboratory. Sometime I need to undertake some gum contouring to make the most of the new smile.
Even though I practice in the United Kingdom, I am a member of the American Dental Association. I have been working in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for over 20 years. I work in Sutton, Surrey and Harley Street in London.
Dr Tom Keppel