If you have suffered injury or ailment from a dental procedure involving veneers, the expert legal team at the Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.
Often, patients consider dental veneers to address structural or cosmetic issues with the their teeth, such as repairing chips, cracks, gaps between teeth and discoloration. However, sometimes things can go wrong, and, in some cases, patients can be left with a lifetime of tooth sensitivity and/or significant dental damage; including removal of the enamel and other conditions associated with oral discomfort.
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Why Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors?
At Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, we offer a sympathetic, straightforward and professional approach to all cosmetic dental treatment claims.
Cosmetic dental treatment is an extremely personal decision to make, and when it goes wrong it can be deeply distressing for those that have been affected. Our team has extensive experience with cosmetic dentistry cases, so you can rest assured we’ll always put you first and work to obtain the best outcome.
We work on a no win, no fee basis - so you won’t have to pay us a penny if your case isn’t successful. Our fee comes out of the award you receive if your case is successful - giving you the confidence to pursue your case without the pressure of paying for legal fees.
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WHAT ARE VENEERS?
A veneer is a specialised layer of material that is placed over a tooth. Veneers are designed to improve the appearance of your smile and to protect the surface of a tooth or all of your teeth from damage. There are two main types of material used to produce a veneer: composite and porcelain.
HOW CAN VENEERS GO WRONG?
You may have been a victim of clinical negligence if any of the following applies to you:
- Overtly sensitive teeth - veneers usually involve removing enamel from the tooth. Some sensitivity after the procedure is to be expected, but if it lasts more than three to six months after veneers have been placed it could indicate a problem with the procedure. For instance, dental cement may have come loose, or the nerve may have been exposed and infected
- Damaged teeth - dentin, one of the four major components of any tooth can become damaged during the enamel removal process. Poorly fitted veneers can fundamentally alter the alignment of a patient's bite, which can lead to dental sensitivity, pain while eating or, in extreme cases, jaw pain and bruxism.
WHY DO PEOPLE GET VENEERS?
Often, people consider veneers for cosmetic instead of practical purposes. Here is a list of the most common reasons:
- Hides chips and cracks and crooked teeth - teeth can accumulate chips and cracks during everyday life. A well placed veneer can completely disguise damage and, in some cases, will prevent further damage to the teeth
- Gives teeth a whiter appearance - teeth are predisposed to discolourations as people get older, and can become a dull yellow colour. Not only do veneers help your teeth look whiter, but they also protect them from plaque
- Defies genetics - diastemas, large gaps between teeth caused by genetics, can be concealed by veneers. Gaps can be reduced considerably, fundamentally altering a patient's appearance
- Boosts mental health and self esteem - when considering the points raised above, the vast majority of people undergo cosmetic dental surgery to correct something they consider not quite right with their own teeth. Veneers have the potential to correct smiles, and therefore, boost the confidence and self esteem of the recipient
HOW VENEERS ARE MADE AND FITTED
Getting a dental veneer can take several trips to the dentist. We have detailed the process below:
Initial consultation - in your initial meeting with your dentist, you explain the result you are trying to achieve. At this session, your cosmetic dentist will assess the the state of your teeth to ensure that veneers are the best option for you. They will discuss what the procedure involves and explain the limitations of veneers. You may also be required to have an X-ray of your mouth and jaw, alongside impressions of your teeth.
Preparatory phase - your dentist will remove roughly half a millimetre of enamel from the surface of your tooth or teeth. This is done to match the thickness of the veneer as it is applied to the surface of your teeth. In order to avoid discomfort or pain, your dentist will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the area.
After the enamel has been removed, your dentist will take impressions or scan your mouth. This information is sent to a laboratory, where experts will carefully construct your dental veneers to the exact specification of your mouth.
Fitting - at this stage your dentist will temporarily place your veneer on your teeth to examine its fit and colouration. They will move and trim the veneer to ensure an appropriate fit, whilst also trying to match the colour of the veneer with your desired whiteness.
Next, your dentist will clean, polish and etch your teeth so they are ready for the veneer to be fitted. Etching is a process that ‘roughens’ up your teeth, so that your veneer will find it easier to grip to your teeth. To attach your veneer, dentists use a specially formulated type of cement, which is applied to your veneer and teeth, and dried using light beam technology.
Once fitted, final steps involve making sure excess cement is removed and ensuring you are still capable of biting correctly. Dentists usually ask you to make a couple of follow-up appointments to ensure your veneer fits correctly and there are no issues.
HOW TO PICK A safe COSMETIC DENTIST
The team at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors has compiled this checklist to help you find the perfect cosmetic dentist.
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