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What you should know before getting dental veneers
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What you should know before getting dental veneers

Dental veneers are a common dental restoration attached to the front side of the teeth. These thin, coloured shells made from resin-composite or porcelain material can improve the teeth appearance.

Veneers can treat several cosmetic dental issues, including discoloured, broken, smaller-than-normal or chipped teeth. Many people get one dental veneer for a damaged tooth, but you can get 6 – 88 veneers for the front teeth to create an attractive smile.

Types of dental veneers

Dental veneers are usually made with composite resin or porcelain material. Most veneers require prepping the affected tooth, but no-prep veneers are available.

The application process for traditional veneers requires grinding down the existing tooth structure. In some cases, the dentist will etch the enamel to allow proper placement of the veneers, making the procedure irreversible. Local anaesthesia may be necessary when preparing the tooth to prevent pain.

The level of tooth reduction depends on the number of affected teeth and your dental concerns. If you need veneers on several teeth, the dentist may order a wax model to show you the final result. For no-prep veneers, the tooth preparation is minimal.

Porcelain veneers

Your dentist may grind down the existing tooth structure and take your teeth impression to make your teeth mould to send to the lab.

After the lab technician makes the porcelain veneer, your dentist will place it on the prepared tooth and apply dental adhesive to keep it in place. Before fitting the permanent veneer, your dentist may offer you temporary veneers.

Some dentists may use CAD-CAM technology to design the veneer. This technology allows your dentist to make the veneer in the office.

Composite resin veneers

For fitting composite veneer, the dentist will etch your tooth surface and then apply the thin layer of composite material to the prepared tooth. Your dentist may need to add more layers of composite material to achieve your desired look. After applying the composite material, your dentist will cure or harden the composite veneer using a special light.

No-prep veneer

No-prep veneers include Vivineers and Lumineers. These are specific porcelain veneer brands. Their fitting is less invasive and takes lesser time. The dentist doesn't need to remove layers of the teeth. The application process may not require temporary veneers or local anaesthesia.

Which veneer is best?

Determining the perfect veneer requires considering several factors such as:

  • Longevity of the veneer
  • Cost
  • The veneer's appearance 
  • Duration of the application process
  • Your dentist's recommendation

Porcelain veneers

  Composite veneers

Costs more

Requires less tooth preparation

May need more than one dental visit

Fitting may take one dental visit

Stronger and lasts longer than the composite veneer

Lasts for 7 – 10 years

Less likely to stain

Easy to fix

Before and after for veneer

Dental veneers can make a huge difference for cracked, chipped, discoloured and misshapen teeth.

What is the cost of dental veneers?

Most dental insurance plans do not cover veneers because the procedure is for cosmetic purposes. Generally, a dental veneer costs about £130 - £200. Lumineers veneer cost about £200 - £300. These are almost 80% cheaper in compare to the UK prices and we offer better quality of product and our dentists has an extensive experience due to the number of veneers they perform per year.

In the long term, traditional veneers are more cost-effective for enhancing the teeth appearance.

The exact cost of veneers depends on the type of veneer, brand, cost of living in your area and the dentist's expertise.

Benefits of dental veneers

Dental veneers can improve the appearance of the teeth to give a brighter and more attractive smile. You can use dental veneers to fix the following issues.

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Uneven colouring or severe discolouration that teeth whitening cannot fix
  • Unusually shaped or pointed teeth
  • Smaller teeth

Dental veneers can last for over one decade, depending on the type. This makes veneers a long-term solution for teeth imperfections and to enhance your smile.

Preparing for your dental veneers appointment

Before getting veneers, you will have an initial appointment with your dentist. During the consultation, you will discuss your options and the number of veneers needed. If your teeth are uneven or crooked, you may need braces before placing the veneers.

The dentist will take x-rays and examine your teeth to determine if they are healthy. The examination will look for signs of gum disease and tooth decay. These conditions will make you unsuitable for dental veneers.

At your next appointment, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing about half a millimetre of the enamel, then take your teeth impressions to send to the lab for creating your veneer.

Veneer fitting procedure

It takes about 1 – 2 weeks to get the veneers from the lab after your dentist takes your teeth mould. When your veneers are ready, you will have an appointment for the fitting. During this appointment, the dentist will evaluate the veneer's colour, shape and fit to ensure they fit perfectly.

The dentist will clean the teeth to prevent bacteria from getting trapped under the veneer and causing teeth decay. The next step is etching the tooth surface to create a rough texture to make applying the veneer easy.

The dentist will apply dental cement on the teeth to hold the veneer in place and use UV light to harden the cement. This second appointment will take less than two hours but usually depends on the number of veneers fitted and whether you need local anaesthesia or not.

How are crowns, implants, and veneers different?

Dental veneers are different from crowns and implants. Dental veneers cover only the front tooth surface, but crowns cover the entire tooth. Veneers are about 1mm, making them thinner than crowns which are 2mm.

The veneer procedure is less invasive, but getting a crown requires filing down more of the tooth structure than required for veneers.

Dental implants replace the underlying bone of a missing tooth, serving as a base for a crown or other dental prostheses. The procedure may take several months.

Caring for dental veneers

The recovery process for dental veneers isn't as long as other dental procedures. After the dentist cements the veneer and the anaesthesia wears off, you can eat and chew normally. Before the anaesthesia wears off, be careful not to chew on your tongue or cheeks.

Some people may feel slight roughness after the veneer placement. The rough area is usually from extra cement on the veneers, but they wear off after some days of normal teeth brushing and eating. If the rough areas do not wear off, visit your dentist to smoothen them.

Traditional porcelain veneers can last for about ten years, but research suggests they may last as long as 20 years.

Taking the following precautions will increase the lifespan of your veneers.

  • Avoid using your teeth to open packages
  • Avoid chewing on hard objects like your fingernails, ice and pens
  • Wear a mouth guard while playing sports
  • Protect your veneers with a retainer or splint if you clench or grind your teeth
  • Avoid chewing with the front teeth. Cut hard foods into smaller pieces to make chewing easier, and chew with your back teeth

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