Veneers

Veneers are thin, layered shells of porcelain or composite which can be attached to the teeth. They are used in situations when teeth are damaged, chipped, excessively stained or worn.

They can also be used to alter the shapes of teeth and close gaps between teeth. While composite bonding has become very popular, veneers, if they are well looked after, can last longer and leaving you with a stunning smile. Veneers are not particularly invasive and often require minimal if any natural tooth adjustment.

Benefits

  • Veneers are a quick way to correct any minor discrepancies in tooth shape. Usually they are made of porcelain and are performed on 4-6 teeth so that the new teeth appear brilliantly white and are kept uniform
  • Minor orthodontic discrepancies can be camouflaged with porcelain veneers which could be of benefit particularly if you would prefer not to have orthodontic treatment
  • If there are any defects or deep stains that have developed in the tooth, or it’s been traumatised, porcelain veneers can mask these where whitening or composite bonding might fail
  • If the underlying enamel has been damaged, porcelain veneers can be used to improve the appearance, shape and symmetry of your smile

Disadvantages

  • Porcelain veneers can be more costly than other smile makeover treatments such as composite bonding, as the veneers are made and processed in a specialised lab by a master ceramist
  • Some of the tooth structure is adjusted and removed. This is an irreversible procedure where composite bonding is less invasive. In rare cases this can cause sensitivity after the porcelain veneers have been placed on the teeth.

Is there any pain after Veneers?

Rarely there may be some mild sensitivity but on the whole there is no pain because very little or no tooth tissue is removed.

How will I know if I like them?

The dentist providing the veneers will look at the current shape of your teeth, their colour, your facial and gum contours as well as things like lip position and tooth symmetry to make a decision on the character and profile of the veneers. The dental lab can even build a waxed version attached to a study model of your teeth so you can trial the smile before any treatment begins.

Veneer pricing

Veneer From £750 per tooth

(Practice Plan patients will receive a 20% discount (excluding laboratory fee) and we do offer 0% finance on treatments over £1000 to help spread the cost).