Typical Signs of Damp In Your Home

Avoid Advanced Cases of Damp By Catching It Early On

The longer you leave damp to set in, the more serious and expensive it will be to fix. Start by learning how to identify damp in your home.

Damp can be a serious problem for homeowners, causing side-effects ranging from damaged paintwork and unattractive patches of mould at the lesser end of the scale to serious structural damage at the greater end. Unfortunately, damp is one of those conditions where it’s not always immediately obvious that it has set in. And further complications can occur when homeowners are aware that they have damp but choose to bury their heads in the sand rather than dealing with it, often because they incorrectly assume that the costs will be astronomical. The truth is that damp can be expensive to resolve, but only in advanced cases. If you treat damp as soon as you’re aware of it, then many cases can be a simple fix.

Types of Damp

There are three kinds of damp that can occur in the home, each of which can create quite different signs.

Rising damp enters your home from the ground upwards, usually as a result of foundations built without an adequate damp proofing system being incorporated.

Penetrating damp can occur in any area of the home where water from outside of your property is able to seep through into the interior. This might occur if you have a broken roof tile and water enters in through your ceiling, or else perhaps broken guttering causes excess water to accumulate and back up through your brickwork.

Condensation is a result of a lack of ventilation in the home, either due to poor household habits such as choosing not to open windows regularly, or else not having appropriate ventilation systems built into the home.

If you’re concerned you might be experiencing any of the above types of damp, here are some of the first signs you have damp, so you can get to work with seeking treatment.

Clear Signs of Damp In Your Home

  • Musty odour in the air
  • Patches of mould. These might be visible where you know that water has seeped in from outside, or else behind furniture, on cold walls, on uPVC windows or the grouting of tiles
  • Walls that are exceptionally cold to the touch, often in unused conservatories during the winter months for example
  • Fungal growth on your soft furnishings, such as your curtains or inside your sofa cushions
  • Tide marks running up the lower walls on your ground floor

Seeking Treatment

If you notice any of the above signs of damp, the first thing you should do is seek treatment from a specialist company. A damp proofing Essex firm explains that a survey will be necessary to determine the source and extent of the problem. The treatment options available to you will be dependent on the type of damp you have. For example, if you have penetrating damp, then you’ll most likely need to take immediate action to carry out repairs to the exterior of your home, such as fixing that broken roof tile to prevent more water from entering your home.

Getting in touch with a specialist damp proofing firm should be done as soon as you realise you have a problem. Remember that the longer you take to seek treatment, the higher the bill will be!

Handwheels: What Are They And How To Choose The Best?

  • Incorporating The Finishing Touches Into Your Product Design

If you need to make manual adjustments to a piece of equipment, or a display cabinet, then handwheels are the ideal design component!

Handwheels are a useful tool in design that primarily allow you to either manually operate machinery, or else they can provide you with access to compartments that are otherwise locked. This versatile component of design is useful across many industries such as the medical equipment field, or in marketing and retail. Read on to learn more about how handwheels are incorporated into an end product and select the right type for your next creation.

Handwheels in Industry

Handwheels are one of those parts of design that almost everyone will have come across at some point, but without realising. Essentially, they’re a small screw-like wheel that you twist in order to obtain a result. In the medical industry, hospital beds are often adjusted manually by twisting a handwheel to be used as a lever of sorts. A similar use can be found in spas or leisure facilities where the position of massage tables or reclining chairs needs to be changed regularly in order to suit the individual patient.

Moving into an entirely separate industry, you’ll also find handwheels widely used in any sector that relies on the use of display materials. This might be in a shop window, in a corporate office lobby or a hotel for example. Where posters or business cards are locked behind a glass or plastic cabinet screen, a handwheel can often be found to the side which will allow you to gain access to regularly change the presentation materials within.

Choosing The Right Handwheels

Whatever the purpose of your handwheel, as a manual component of your finished design, it needs to be user-friendly and easy to operate. As such it’s essential that you work with a quality supplier that stocks a full range of adjustable handwheels so you can find the perfect component for your product.

Handwheels are available with a number of lobes available depending on the amount of grip you wish to work with. You can choose from wheels with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or even 8 lobes, and they’re available in both male or female versions depending on the type of corresponding connector you’re working with.

In terms of material, you can select handwheels in options such as thermoset which provide superior heat resistance and durability, or else you might prefer a lighter weight choice such as the nylon item which is also extremely economical.

How To Incorporate Your Handwheels

When determining how your handwheels will fit in with the rest of your product, it usually helps to begin by looking at the bigger picture of your design and then work backwards. Ask yourself where the handwheels will be placed and how regularly you expect them to be operated. If you expect to use the part frequently then you might possibly choose an easy grip wheel made from lightweight material, whereas if you expect the handwheel to remain quite tightly in place most of the time, then a heavier thermoset design will likely be the better choice.

Handwheels are one of the finishing touches of your product, but as with any other design component you’ll need to take care in both your selection and your measurements to ensure a perfect fit!

How Agile Working Can Improve Productivity

Give Workers More Freedom For Increased Efficiency

Agile working is changing the world of business. Is it time for your organisation to be more flexible?

86% of people would be willing to change jobs if an agile working environment is promised. Additionally, some would happily relinquish a percentage of their salary in order to accommodate such a move according to the findings of a Jobsite survey. Agile working moves away from the idea of the traditional workplace and provides employees with much more control over how they work. By designing a physical layout equipped with the right furniture and tech to assist agile working, companies must also adopt a more flexible workplace culture to give employees an increased sense of freedom. Employers who are willing to adjust their mindset and business model will be rewarded with increased productivity from their staff.

Understanding Agile Working

Flexible working has moved far beyond the promise of allowing employees to simply ‘work from home’. In some cases, employees can feel isolated when they’re stuck in their home office without the ability to liaise with the rest of the team. Agile working goes a step further and provides employees with the freedom to work when, where and how best it suits them. Allowing this ability to base themselves at home, in the office or anywhere else, thanks to innovations in technology and a company mindset that embraces this agile way of life, has many benefits for the employer.

Benefits for the Employer

A recent poll of 1,500 workers found that not only are they more productive as agile workers, but they also take less leave than their office-based counterparts who are working fixed hours. Employers are starting to realise that it doesn’t matter so much when or where the work gets done, the focus is that it gets done and to the best of the employee’s ability. As agile working is proven to boost levels of productivity, there’s every reason for employers to look into how this greater flexibility could work in their organisation. Overheads will also be radically reduced as organisations can work from smaller premises and rely on hotdesking.

Getting It Right

Of course, for employers to become fully invested in agile working, it’s important not to just ‘leave them to it’. Successfully agile environments are created when the employer has taken the time to make flexibility a priority.

Furniture selection and your office layout should be a key focus. Your choices in design should reflect the need for each task to be carried out efficiently in the office, with an understanding that each task is different. Your design should accommodate sociable seating areas for collaboration with colleagues when needed, as well as quieter rooms for meetings or for taking a conference call.

In terms of technology, utilising the right type of software is important to ease communication and avoid excessive chains of emails or longwinded meetings. Smart storage for offices provides convenience for employees who can hold personal and valuable items such as laptops, tablets and a change of work clothes in a locker that can be operated from a smartphone. These are ideal for hotdesking environments where agile workers don’t need to be based at a fixed desk.

Agile working is the future of business. If you want to have lower overheads and greater staff retention and productivity, then it’s time to think flexibly and provide your employees with everything they need to do a great job!

How to choose the right property in Romford for you

The historic market town of Romford in the London Borough of Havering forms part of ‘outer London’ and borders Essex. This unique location provides the perfect combination of town living with the added benefits of easy access to the bright lights of the city.

About Romford

With a lot of people priced-out of central London, properties in towns such as Romford are much sought after and new developments are constantly underway creating opportunities for more affordable homes close to the city.

Transport Links

  • Trains

With the development of the much anticipated £15 billion Crossrail that will see the East-West railway taking over the existing Shenfield to Liverpool street line and extending through central London – Romford is one of the ‘hot spots’ that will benefit significantly from this development. Once complete commuters will be able to travel from Romford station through central London without having to change which makes for quicker journeys and less hassle.

Current train times take around 20-30 minutes from Romford to Liverpool Street as well as good links for some great Essex locations such as the city of Chelmsford which is a great shopping destination.

  • Airports

With Romford you’re spoilt for choice with easy access to some great airports such as London City, just 37 minutes away by train. Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are all less than 1.5 hours away by train for fast, affordable travel.

  • Road

Located close to the A12 Romford provides easy car travel to Essex, London and Suffolk.

  • Buses

 There are plenty of regular buses that not only take you into Romford town centre but there are also easy routes for going into Essex and London City.

Be sure to take into consideration your travel or commuting needs when looking at potential properties. You might pay slightly more for a place close to the train station but if it makes a big difference to your commute then it could be well worth considering.

Families

For young families or those hoping to settle down in what will be their future family home it is important that the place they live has plenty to offer them and their children.

School catchment will definitely be worth factoring into your property search to avoid disappointment later for being out of area or having a long and difficult school run for the next 10+ years!

There are a number of great primary and secondary schools to choose from in Romford with almost all of them rated Good by OFSTED and several rated outstanding. There is a choice of both state and private schools as well as comprehensive and further education to help plan for your children’s future.

For those looking to make the most of sunny days, walk the dog, go out for a jog or take the kids to the park – there is plenty of green space in Romford to do so. With some beautiful locations such as Raphael Park, Cottons Park and Havering Country Park offering open space, forests to explore, lakes, cafes, playgrounds and skate parks there’s never a shortage of things to do.

Shopping and things to do

Being close to the city you’ll never be short of things to do but closer to home Romford itself has a wide range of activities and entertainment for people of all ages.

Romford’s greyhound stadium is very popular and one of the very few remaining greyhound tracks left – great for an evening out with friends. Ice Skating in Rom Valley Way and cinemas at both the Brewery Shopping Centre and Mercury Mall are great all weather entertainment for adults and children.

You’ll never be short of places to shop with several shopping centres including the largest and most popular one – The Liberty Shopping Centre which is home to a number of great high street brands.

For dining out or fast food you’ll have plenty of choice with Nando’s, Pizza Express, KFC, Zizzi’s, Pizza Hut, Toby Carvery, McDonalds and a number of local eateries and quality gastro pubs.

During your property search in Romford be sure to have a clear idea of what is most important to you. We all know that house hunting comes with compromises but forget the desire for a garage or en suite and focus on the things that will matter most in the long run. Visit potential areas of interest, walk around, get to know the neighbourhoods and see what areas fit best with your requirements.

If you would like some guidance or advice from professional estate agents Romford then contact Keystones Property and we can help you choose the right property for you in Romford.

Top tips for selling your home this winter

Winter can be a more difficult time to sell your home, without the attractive allure of natural light filling the rooms and the surrounding trees and flowers in full bloom. But winter can also be beneficial to sellers. With less homes on the market there is less competition and the likeliness is that people searching this time of year are serious about moving which helps reduce the potential for time wasters or uncertain buyers.

We spoke to an expert Chelmsford estate agent to find out some top tips for preparing your home and increasing its appeal to buyers this winter;

Warm welcome

The worst thing you could do in the winter is invite people round for a viewing only for them to be greeted by a cold, chilly house. Potential buyers want to feel warmth when they step inside and know that the central heating system is effective, so make sure you allow plenty of time to heat every room sufficiently.

If you have a working fireplace, then use it! Fire it up and show off the cosy warm atmosphere that it creates which will have buyers to imagine themselves living there and around the fire on cold nights.

First impressions

This is not the easiest time of year for the gardens but you must try to make the most of what your property has to offer. The front of the house needs to have curb appeal so be sure to rake leaves, keep paths and driveways clear, mow the grass and trim hedges to have everything looking as neat and tidy as possible.

There are some lovely plants such as heather which are suitable for winter so why not brighten up the exterior with a few near the front door or along the path in coloured pots.

If your front door or fence are looking a little tired, then why not make an effort on a dry day to give them a quick coat of paint? A cheap and effective way to guarantee the front of your home is neat and appealing to potential buyers.

Light it up

If a viewing is in the late afternoon or even during the day, typical winter weather will often mean dull, drab and dreary natural lighting that won’t highlight your home to its full potential.

You don’t need to switch on every light in the house but be clever and try out different variations in each room to see what works best. Use spot lights, lamps, candles and wall lights to create a bright and welcoming ambience.  

If you are taking viewings when it is dark remember to put the porch light on to greet your guests!

Be Festive

If it’s coming up to Christmas then take full advantage and use your tree, sparkling lights and decorations to maximise the appeal of your home and have viewers saying ‘this is where I want to be living next Christmas’.

However, don’t be squeezing your tree into a tiny space and make the room feel smaller or overcrowded. Even if it means moving a piece or 2 of furniture out into the shed or garage temporarily to make sure that you don’t lose valuable space when adding your festive decorations.

Garden

The same applies here as the front garden – keep grass, plants, trees, hedges and path areas trimmed, clean and clear. Put away all kids toys and cover garden furniture that is unused to ensure it is protected and secure for blustery days.

Keep a close eye on your guttering and have them cleaned out if needed. Eagle eyed buyers will spot an overflowing or blocked gutter straight away which can be off putting and give the impression that the house is not well maintained.

Other things to think consider

Here’s a few other things to consider when selling your home in winter;

  • Have a thorough clear out before you take viewings. Pack away unused items and remove bulky, outdated or unnecessary furniture and objects that can make rooms feel smaller. Clutter free is the way to be when it comes to staging a home for potential buyers!
  • Be aware of how your house smells – especially if you have pets as damp dog is not an appealing scent. Cooking smells and the like don’t disperse as quickly in winter as people don’t tend to open their windows, so be sure to use nice smelling candles, odour eliminators, sprays and diffusers to have your home smelling fresh.
  • Cobwebs, dust and dirt is more visible in low lights so remember to give your home a thorough clean and go round with a duster before viewings.
  • Make the most of the winter and really emphasise the cosiness of your warm home with cushions, throws, lanterns, spiced citrus scents and rugs on hardwood floors.

How to get your home clutter free for Christmas

How to get your home clutter free for Christmas

Christmas is on its way and although you might already have plenty to do – having a thorough clear out of key areas of your home is a great way to get ready and make room for the trees, gifts, decorations and extra items that will be taking up space.

All I want for Christmas… is a clutter free home

Here are some of the best areas to focus on for your Pre-Christmas de clutter;

  • Spare Rooms

If you have relatives coming to stay over the festive season, then you might have a spare room that needs a bit of a clear out. Spare rooms are often the ‘go to’ dumping ground for all the extra and random items that we don’t have a place for. Go through all drawers, wardrobes, storage and units – getting rid of unwanted items and for those you want to keep that aren’t regularly used consider moving to a better storage space such as the garage or loft.

With a clear, clean spare room you’ll be able to warmly welcome your guests without that last minute panic.

  • Children’s Toys

Toys can very easily take over the house so whether it’s their bedrooms, playroom or other areas where toys are stored be sure to go through it all. It can be best to do this when children aren’t there as otherwise they tend to insist that the headless Barbie doll is suddenly their favourite toy and stop you from getting rid of anything.

This is also a great way to take stock of what your children have ahead of time which makes present buying and gift ideas easier and prevents doubling up or ending up with yet another set of playdough.

  • Kitchen

Your kitchen will likely be used a lot over Christmas with social get-togethers, family meals and of course Christmas day itself. By giving your kitchen a good clear out you can make sure it’s clean and clutter free for more relaxed Christmas cooking.

Have a think about what needs doing but food cupboards, fridge, freezer, junk drawers, pantry’s and utility rooms are all a great idea to prioritise. This will help make space for all the extra Christmas food and drink that you will need to find a place for.

  • Clothing

Chances are as the colder months draw in you have already moved out your summer clothes and grabbed last year’s scarves and jumpers from their hiding place without much thought. Use this time to go through yours and your family’s drawers and wardrobes to get rid of anything that doesn’t fit or is no longer worn.

This is a helpful way to make space but also get a sense for any items your family might want or need for Christmas. Maybe your partner’s slippers are looking a bit tired or your son’s favourite hoodie is getting too small? Get ahead of the game and put them on your shopping list to surprise them with on Christmas day.

What do I do with everything?

So you’ve been ruthless, the house is organised, tidy and free from unnecessary clutter and unwanted items – but what do you do with all the stuff you need to get rid of?

Selling – Make yourself a little extra Christmas cash and sell unwanted items on the likes of EBay and Facebook Sales.

Charity – There are so many great causes that are happy to take anything from clothes, toys and accessories to furniture so do your bit for a good cause and donate.

Dispose – Items that are unable to be sold or given to charity will need to be disposed of responsibly. Why not take the hassle out of clearing your house with skip hire in Brentwood and avoid the heavy lifting and tip runs in the rain. Simple, straight forward and affordable skip hire is a great way to clear out your home so you can fully enjoy the festive season.

Remortgaging Your Home To Fund An Extension

What Is The Best Way To Fund Your Home Renovation?

You may be able to use a credit card or small loan to fund your project, but other homeowners have an array of mortgage options available to them.

If you find yourself in the situation where you’ve outgrown your existing home, then you’ve got two options. You can either move to a different property, or you can look into building an extension. This can be a tough decision and finance may be a key factor in determining the solution. Recent data from TSB Bank suggests that two out of five homeowners would rather commit to building an extension in their existing property, rather than opt to move house and budget for the various fees that go hand in hand with a move. If you favour the idea of staying put and adding space to your home, then the next question you’ll have will be related to funding.

Credit Options For Smaller Conversions

If your proposed project is relatively low cost, perhaps a garage or loft conversion worth beneath £25,000, then you might be able to fund the renovations with your own savings, or potentially by taking out a small loan or using a credit card. Remember that some cards have 0% interest deals or can achieve this by completing a balance transfer, so this could be an option worth looking into.

Remortgaging For More Substantial Projects

Many people won’t have access to enough credit to fund an entire conversion project, particularly if the costs are expected to be more substantial and priced above £25,000. The best options for homeowners in this scenario are either to ask for further money from your existing mortgage lender, or else remortgage. The route you choose to go down will likely depend on how much time you have left on your current mortgage deal. Interest rates are extremely low at the moment with the Bank of England base rate held at 0.75% and the lowest tracker deals available at 0.98%. A remortgage brokers Wirral based firm explains that if you’re coming to the end of your current mortgage deal, then now would be a great time to remortgage which would allow you to release some equity for your extension project, whilst taking advantage of these historically low interest rates on your next mortgage product.

Alternatives Including Second Charge Products

Alternatively, if you’re already on a low tracker deal for example then there may not be much benefit to remortgaging, particularly if you’re locked in for a year or two and would need to pay charges to change or exit the deal. In this situation, you could either wait until your mortgage term is up and then switch to a different product, or else you could speak to your lender and ask them to advance you more funds. Another option is to take out a second charge mortgage. This type of product is typically taken out for home improvements such as extensions or other renovation works. It enables you to use the equity you have in your home as security, and then this sits alongside your current mortgage, essentially as a second mortgage on your home. If you opt for a second charge, then this is usually taken out from a different lender, and as such the mortgage rates can be somewhat higher than typical market rates. You might expect to pay almost 4% interest on a second charge mortgage in the current market.

If you need to build an extension to create extra space in your home, take your time in deciding how to pay for it, and always speak to a professional mortgage advisor who will determine the best method of funding depending on your personal situation.

How your home can benefit from warm air heating

Warm air heating is something that not everybody is aware of but can be an easy, affordable and effective way to heat your home.

Despite radiator central heating systems being more commonly used nowadays – warm air heating systems have been one of the most efficient heating solutions for over 40 years.

What is warm air heating?

Warm air heating systems are designed to heat the property by drawing in the cooler air from outside and turning it into warm air by passing it through a heat exchanger or a gas flame (depending on type). As the cool air passes the exchanger it is heated up and the warm air is then blown into the rooms around the house via vents or wall, floor and ceiling grilles. It will continue to heat the house at a comfortable rate until the required temperature on the thermostat is reached.

Once the property reaches the desired temperature set by the occupants it will move onto standby mode and kick back in when the temperature dips below the pre-set level.

There is a choice of either gas or electric warm air heating systems and the type you need might depend on your requirements or your home itself.

Benefits of warm air heating

Here are just some of the many benefits of a warm air heating system;

Space saving

Maybe you don’t like the look of radiators or maybe your home has a tricky layout or limited wall space? Whatever it is, warm air heating systems eliminate the need for bulky, awkward radiators throughout the house which provides more space and makes room layouts and furniture placement much easier.

Speedy Heating

Heat up times are fast which means your home can be toasty warm in no time.

Save Money

Warm air heating systems are extremely energy efficient and can reduce your running costs by up to 18% when compared to the use of traditional boilers.

No Noise Nonsense

These systems run quietly so there’s no need to worry about noise levels.

Clean Air

Systems can include an additional filtration option which can remove up to 95% of potentially harmful particles from the air before it enters your home. By filtering out pollution, bacteria, cigarette smoke, pollen, allergens and mould you can enjoy clean, fresh air in your home. This can be extremely beneficial for those with hay fever or respiratory conditions such as asthma.

Heat Distribution

The way the warm air is distributed provides even heat distribution throughout the home as opposed to just warming the immediate area in front of it like some other systems and eliminates the cold and hot spots that often occur.

Reliable

Unlike more traditional central heating systems, because of the way the warm air systems are set up they are much more reliable and won’t suffer from issues such as leaking radiators, frozen pipes and broken valves etc. 

Versatile

With some modern systems there is the potential for an added benefit of using it as an air conditioning system in the warmer months so it has dual purposes!

If you are looking to update your existing warm air heating system or considering it for your property, then be sure to speak to a professional heating company who can help advise you on the best heating solution for your home.

Beat the Brexit Uncertainty With Team Building

Bring Your Team Together For 2020

If you’re worried about what the future holds for your business, then cultivate a positive attitude with team building.

Whether you were for or against it, there’s no doubt that Brexit will bring some bing changes in 2020. If you’re worried about how your business will fare in the coming months, then take a step back and focus on your team first. With the help of the best team building London has to offer, you will be able to boost optimism, creativity and productivity in your workforce.

Ease any worries

With all this talk of post-Brexit doom and despair, it’s all too easy for workers to feel a little despondent. After all, what’s the point in putting in 110% if a business is going to struggle anyway? You can help dispel this gloomy outlook by taking your staff out of the office for a team building day. There you’ll be able to talk about your exciting plans for 2020, and to cultivate a more positive mindset while you collaborate on a fun, innovative team building event.

Be ready for change

There’s no doubt that Brexit may bring some change and challenges for business – but the key is to be ready for them when they present themselves. A team building activity will give your staff the chance to rise to a challenge, and completing the task set to them will give them the confidence they need to face any challenge head on. Although there aren’t any Brexit themed team building activities out there, the skills learned in yours will be easily transferable!

Make all workers welcome

If you have a workforce made up of people from all over the globe, then you may find that some members of your team are wondering if they still fit in. A team building event is the perfect chance to show them that they are still a valued member of your company. They’ll work together with their colleagues, using their unique skills to bring something that only they can to the table – and they’ll able to see the fruit of the efforts at the end of the activity.

Cultivate innovation

Every business owner knows that in order to succeed, you need to innovate – and that couldn’t be more true as Brexit approaches. So how do you boost the creativity of your workforce? Well, team building really encourages you to think outside of the box and come up with creative solutions to problems. Back in the office, the members of your team will be able to generate ideas that keep you ahead of your competitors.

The best events

If you’re going to get the most out of team building, then you need to find the best events in town. Zing Events are a leading provider of team building activities in London. Their events are as far away from boring corporate team building as you can imagine. You’ll get to try your hand at traditional garden games, make pizzas, or even enjoy a James Bond-inspired casino evening. Your team won’t have seen anything like these, that’s for sure!

Book yours today!

Team building events will really help you to prepare your business for Brexit, and they will have everyone feeling calm and confident about the changes ahead. So why not call Zing Events today, and arrange a team building activity with a difference?

The Key Benefits of Dental Veneers

Transform Your Smile With This Cosmetic Treatment

If you lack confidence in your smile, veneers can be the solution to a wide range of aesthetic dental complaints.

More than 50% of British adults are revealed to hate their teeth, which causes them to avoid smiling. Such a tactic may prevent people from seeing the state of your teeth, but it can also hold you back in social circles, relationships and even career progression if you’re not relaxed enough to smile. This is particularly disheartening when cosmetic dental procedures are widely available across the UK, and they’re now also seen as a cost-effective way to dramatically change your appearance and change your life for the better. One such treatment is the application of dental veneers. Read on to learn more about the benefits of this treatment.

What Are Dental Veneers?

A veneer is a thin layer of either porcelain or composite material that is custom-made to fit across the front of your teeth. It works in a similar way to a false fingernail, providing an attractive and uniform look for your smile that perhaps would be more challenging to achieve with your natural teeth.

How Can Veneers Help My Smile?

Veneers offer a multitude of benefits for your teeth, there’s very little they can’t improve when it comes to enhancing the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Veneers are a great choice if you have teeth that are chipped, broken or discoloured. They’re also useful if you have gaps between your teeth that you’d rather weren’t there, for example in the middle of your two front teeth if a brace isn’t a suitable solution for you. Depending on the condition of your teeth and the look you’re trying to achieve, you can opt for either a single veneer or an entire set of veneers to be fit.

In the case of a broken tooth, a single veneer would be appropriate, and it would be custom-made to match the size and shade of your existing teeth. Alternatively, if you have a significantly wonky set of teeth that are permanently discoloured due to lifestyle habits such as smoking or drinking caffeine, then you may wish to have multiple veneers fit instead to provide you with a dazzling new smile.

Advantages of Choosing Veneers

Veneers can be applied relatively easily, usually over two separate appointments. The first will be a preparation visit which usually involves removing some of the enamel from the front of the tooth which helps the veneer to bond. At this appointment, your dental veneers Essex team will also take an impression of the tooth and match the shade to your existing teeth. At your next visit, the veneer will be fitted into place with a strong bonding adhesive.

You have the option to choose between porcelain or composite veneers, both of which have their advantages. If you’re on a smaller budget, then composites are the solution for you, as they’re more affordable so long as you’re willing to replace the veneers after a few years if they have stained. If you’re looking for a longer-lasting solution, then porcelain veneers are ideal and can last for ten to fifteen years.

If you lack confidence in your smile and don’t want it to hold you back any longer, then consider veneers to transform the appearance of your teeth and put the sparkle back in you!