Four Myths About Dental Veneers Debunked

Dental veneers are an excellent way to help perfect a smile, hiding small cracks and chips in teeth or teeth that are extensively discoloured. However, there are some common myths about treatment that we’d like to debunk.

Myth 1 – Veneer Treatment is Painful

Receiving veneers should not be painful as we thoroughly numb your teeth before preparing them, making sure you remain entirely comfortable during treatment.

Myth 2 – The Entire Tooth Needs Reshaping for Veneers

Treatment is relatively non-invasive, and the dentist will only need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel from the front surface of the tooth, leaving the rest of the tooth intact. Sometimes even this isn’t necessary, and the entire tooth remains fully intact.

Myth 3 – Veneers Look Unnatural

Well-designed veneers should look perfectly natural, and we take extensive care to design and make each veneer in a shade and style that complements your appearance. When a veneer looks unnatural, it’s often because it is too big and bulky and in a shade that is too white.

Myth 4 – Veneers are Only for Cosmetic Purposes

Veneers are largely used for cosmetic purposes, but they can also be useful in covering teeth that may be chipped or cracked slightly, restoring the tooth and protecting it.

Easy Sugar Swaps to Save Your Teeth

Most children (and many adults) enjoy a sugary treat, but with the risk of tooth decay, it is worth exploring how to reduce your family’s sugar consumption.

Choose Healthier Breakfast Cereals

Instead of sugary and chocolatey cereals, opt for a whole-grain cereal like wheat biscuits or oatmeal, or muesli without any added sugar. Make the cereal more interesting with a good dollop of Greek yoghurt for more protein and calcium.

Swap Out Soft Drinks

A soft drink can contain huge amounts of sugar. Instead, try sparkling water and if you want to sweeten it, add some freshly squeezed berries or a little low sugar fruit juice.

Beware of Hidden Sugars in Snacks

That granola bar or fruit leather may seem healthy, but you will probably be shocked by how much sugar it contains if you read the label. How about trying a crunchy apple, popcorn or nuts, or a handful of grapes instead?

Cook Your Own Spaghetti Sauce

Grabbing a jar of ready-made sauce makes a quick and easy meal, but it is nearly as quick and a lot healthier to make your own. Add your favourite herbs and spices to a can of chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to include fresh veggies like sweet peppers and mushrooms.

What are the Most Common Dental Problems for Seniors?

As you get older, your dental health needs change and seniors are more likely to develop common dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. These problems can make it difficult to eat comfortably or to socialise without being embarrassed about your smile.

Good oral care can help to manage or prevent these issues, allowing older people to enjoy teeth that function properly, and which still look good. When you visit us, we can provide a custom preventative dental plan to restore and maintain optimal oral health.

Tooth Decay

Regularly seeing our dentist allows us to check your teeth for any small cavities and promptly treat them. We can also offer advice on how to improve or maintain a good oral care routine at home.

Gum Disease

This is a very common disease that can cause tooth loss, and which may even negatively affect general health. We can check your gums’ condition during your regular visits, as early gum disease is entirely reversible. Often, we can treat this condition by cleaning your teeth professionally and by helping you improve your brushing and flossing routine.

Missing Teeth

Teeth are designed to work together, so even losing just one tooth can affect your dental health. If you re missing teeth or have failing teeth, we can discuss the most suitable way to replace them.