Dental veneers are thin covers attached to the front surface of your teeth. They are becoming very popular in most parts of the UK because they easily hide discoloured and chipped teeth, and they are incredibly affordable compared to many other teeth restorative options.
Dental veneers come in both composite and porcelain veneers. Each veneer type carries its advantages and disadvantages, and also different pricing. What type you choose will depend on many factors, but the fitting process usually is quick and painless
Our dentists at Harley Street London can answer a lot of questions relating to the suitability, types and costs of dental veneers in this guide. You can call 020 71834091 to make an appointment with an experienced dentist.
The word ‘veneer’ comes from the French root word ‘fournir’; which means ‘to furnish’. A dental veneer is a thin plastic or porcelain covering attached to the surface of teeth to improve its appearance. Dental veneers are not applied to the teeth to repair a damaged or decayed tooth; the use of a dental veneer is to make better the appearance of your teeth.
A composite dental veneer is more affordable, although less natural-looking and lasting like a dental veneer made from porcelain. In fitting a dental veneer, little tooth enamel will be scraped from the tooth surface to allow space for attachment of the dental veneer. These dental veneers can be fitted to just a single tooth. If you need to improve the look of all your visible front teeth, an entire set can be applied for you. Dental veneers are personalised and will be produced to match the size and the colour of your teeth, so nothing stands out as wrong.
The longevity of any dental veneer depends majorly on what material the veneer is made from, and what type of veneer it is. All kinds of dental veneer are designed and produced to be strong, so that they when fitted, they withstand chewing and biting. A durable dental veneer could last you as long as 20 years, or less.
Dental veneers can be employed in several situations, depending on what results you need. They can be used when you need to:
Brown or yellowish teeth could occur naturally, or it could be caused by habits such as smoking and drinking coffee. It could also be medical; caused by taking certain antibiotics. Whatever the cause, you might find that conventional teeth whitening treatments are not working well for you or might be harming your teeth. So a dental veneer might be the remedy you need.
The presence of small noticeable chips in your teeth might cause no medical problems, but it could make you feel a little self-conscious about your teeth, and discourage you from smiling or even speaking.
Some of your teeth could naturally be too small, or it could be short or too large. A dental veneer could come in handy in helping you even out the differences and give a better, more appealing look to your teeth.
Braces are a popular option to correct irregular teeth. But if you find you don’t want braces, you can have dental veneers fitted easily for you. For younger patients, however, orthodontic treatment is recommended to remove gaps and correct their teeth, as fitting tooth veneers will mean healthy enamel will be removed from that teeth; a situation which is neither reversible nor advisable.
Bruxism is also teeth grinding, a condition where you habitually grind your teeth, especially during sleep. Patients with this problem discover that over time, they’ve succeeded in grinding the enamel off the surface of their teeth. A porcelain dental veneer will help restore fine cosmetic appeal to your teeth, and will also keep your teeth from being overly sensitive to hot and cold food or drink.
The veneer material and your desired outcome from your treatment will determine what process your dentist will take with your veneer fitting. Correcting a problem like a tooth colour will be easily straightforward, and require less testing than covering a chipped tooth or fixing a misaligned tooth.
Also, composite veneers usually are formed and shaped as the dentist applies the covering, while porcelain veneers require extensive laboratory hours and testing by a skilled dentist at Harley Street London before it is completed.
You can get our dentist at Harley Street London to explain the fitting process for you and the results to be expected.
The fitting process usually might commence with your dentist making dental impressions of your teeth; an x-ray might be scheduled to confirm the existing condition of your teeth. Checks for decay and gum diseases might also follow before preparatory work begins.
Composite veneers usually will be applied in a single visit by your dentist. The tooth surface first is roughened by applying acid to it, before a dental adhesive is put on it. The composite material will form gradually in thin layers to the desired shape needed. A special lamp will be used to toughen the paste at each stage of the application.
Once you’re satisfied with the look, colour and shape of the veneer, your dentist will have the surface polished and smoothened, to give it a natural look.
For porcelain veneers, trimming off a thin layer from the surface of the enamel commences first. The size of the enamel taken off will fit the height and size of the veneers to be attached. This trimming is common, but not compulsory in every case, as some few veneer types require no removal of enamel.
Removal of your enamel should be painless, but a mild anaesthetic can be administered by your dentist if the need arises.
After removal, the teeth are filed to become smooth, and an impression will be taken by your dentist to make a perfect match of the veneer. Temporary veneers are an option for you at this point until your permanent ones are available.
Before the veneers are fitted, your tooth will be cleaned, and the surface of the tooth and veneer will be roughened, usually with acid. A tough dental adhesive ensures the veneers stay properly in place.
Dental veneers come in two main types:
Fitting a composite is cheaper than getting a porcelain tooth.
In certain situations, composite veneers can be fitted without the enamel trimming from a healthy tooth. This means the treatment can always be reversed if you change your mind.
They are less convincing and don’t last as long as porcelain.
A good quality tooth veneer made from porcelain is exceptionally durable and can last as long as 10-20 years.
A porcelain tooth veneer is translucent and stain-resistant, and so more natural-looking.
There is less work involved in fitting a porcelain tooth veneer, as they are produced in laboratories.
A porcelain veneer is expensive, sometimes as high as the doubled cost of a composite veneer.
Good quality dental veneers come in different brands, and each offers specific benefits and risks. We will explain the most popular brands below for you:
Lumineers veneers offer you the option of an ultra-thin tooth veneer design that heightens the cosmetic appearance of your teeth and saves you the need of any filing or trimming. This type of veneer is more expensive than most other brands, but it is also long-lasting (sometimes lasting 20 years), and you can have the veneers removed from your teeth if you need, and leave no lasting damage to your teeth. Fitting for Lumineers veneers usually requires at least two visits to your dentist.
CEREC dental veneers are produced using advanced computer technology. The veneers are created from scans taken of your mouth.
Fittings for CEREC can be done in a single day, as your dentist can have it produced while you wait. A CEREC veneer usually might not appear as natural as a standard laboratory built porcelain veneer, but its costs are similar, a cause of this is the expensive computer equipment used in the making of CEREC veneer.
You can learn more about the various brands of dental veneers by calling 020 71834091 to speak with our dental expert or visit our clinic at Harley Street London.
In the UK, fitting of a composite veneer might cost you in the region of £100 – £400. Porcelain veneers could be fitted for around £400 – £1,000.
The price of a dental veneer is essential, but it shouldn’t be the only consideration when making a veneer choice. Ensure you get a dentist with experience and exceptional expertise, as this cosmetic treatment isn’t reversible in many cases.
Our dentists at Harley Street London can recommend a suitable option for you, and explain how long it will last and any other benefits, and the risks also. The prices given above are only estimates, and our dentist can provide you with a more accurate quote when you visit for your appointment.
You can follow these guidelines to save yourself some pounds, and still get a quality treatment:
If you have a dental insurance plan, carefully read through your policy to find if it covers cosmetic treatments. Certain dental insurance plans cover this and will be able to reimburse you a part of the treatment costs.
You can get to travel abroad to get more affordable quality veneers. Hungary and Poland are reputable for delivering excellent medical care at nearly inexpensive costs, making them very popular with most travellers from the UK seeking medical attention.
You can cancel out a complete veneer fitting, and not merely for teeth filing, especially if you need treatment for only a minor cosmetic fault. With teeth filing, only small areas of your enamel will be trimmed, just enough to make your teeth have an even look.
Clean your teeth with a quality toothbrush, and ensure it is changed frequently.
Floss every day.
Make regular use of a dental spray or mouthwash.
Make a regular appointment with your dentist to have your teeth properly cleaned.
Composite veneers stain more easily than porcelain, so ensure you carefully clean your teeth after taking foods like tea, coffee and wine.
Tobacco can easily stain your new tooth, so ensure you don’t smoke.
Tooth veneers are great for improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth and giving you a beautiful smile, but they won’t fix tooth decay, or a damaged tooth even.
A dental crown, on the other hand, restores a chipped or cracked tooth, or a tooth losing a part of its enamel. A dental crown will cover the whole tooth, and form a vital protective cover for the tooth.
If a tooth is excessively damaged, having it extracted might be the only suitable option available, and a dental implant can be fixed to fit in place of the tooth. Fitting a dental implant is the best way to ensure you prevent bone loss from a missing tooth, as it plays the function of a root fitted into the jawbone. But a dental implant is costly, way more than any other prosthetic tooth alternative.
Whichever tooth solution you pick our dentists at Smile Works Dental will be happy to discuss all of its options, risks and benefits with you.
Dental veneers are a suitable option if you want to have a better smile and cover up teeth problems. You have the choice of fitting a composite or a porcelain veneer, depending on the size of your budget, your desired look, and how long you want your new veneers to last.
Most dental veneers carry the risk of having some tooth enamel removed before the veneers can be attached. This treatment is irreversible, and you will need to use a dental veneer, or any other teeth cover continuously.
There are other less permanent treatments such as braces and tooth filing and whitening if you’re uncomfortable with having a dental veneer attached for you.
For all dental veneer fitting, or if you need any orthodontic treatment for a decayed or damaged tooth, you can visit our dental clinic.