This section of our cosmetic dentistry brochure provides you with some background into dental veneers. Dental veneers, sometimes called tooth veneers, can be used to correct both colour and shape problems.
Who is a candidate for Dental Veneers?
Often an alternative to crowns, veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anaesthesia needed.
Overview of Tooth Veneers
Veneers are the cure for teeth that are:
Veneers are used when tooth staining is to severe to be corrected by bleaching procedures. They may also be used as an alternative treatment to orthodontic braces in some cases of crooked teeth or unwanted / uneven spaces between teeth.
Unlike crowns, veneers won't require the Cosmetic Dental Surgeon to remove much of the tooth itself in most cases. They are created from an impression taken in your cosmetic dentist's surgery. Your custom veneer is then glued directly onto your tooth. Typically costing less than crowns, veneers won't stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colours that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing colour. If tooth whitening procedures are part of the treatment plan, these must be carried out before choosing the veneer colour.
Types of Tooth Veneer Procedures
There are two tooth veneers procedures available that correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the brown and yellow staining. While each work effectively, there are advantages and disadvantages to each procedure dependent upon your objectives and commitment to the processes. The type of procedures available should be discussed with your Cosmetic Dental Surgeon, who recommends the most appropriate tooth veneers procedure for you.
Composite Veneer Procedure:
Composite (direct) veneers are usually performed in a single visit. A plastic dental restoration (composite) is shaped at the chair side and bonded directly to the tooth's surface.
Porcelain Veneer Procedure:
Porcelain (indirect) veneers are a very thin porcelain material. A specialist Dental Laboratory Ceramist skilfully makes the veneer to create the final tooth aesthetics. Usually two chair side visits are required to complete treatment.
How much do tooth veneers cost?
Porcelain Veneers typically cost between £525- £1500 per tooth and require two or more visits one to two weeks apart. Veneers made of porcelain provide a greater longevity than plastic, typically ten years to fifteen years or more.
Composite Veneers cost significantly less, around £150 per tooth or more, but only last from five to seven years typically.
Generally speaking, the price of tooth veneers and whitening increases with the number of chair side treatments required by the patient. Dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of the tooth veneers procedure.
Pros and Cons of Tooth Veneers
Typically veneers are difficult to stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colours that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing colour. Veneers are typically done in only two one and a half hour long appointments, and can actually strengthen your tooth.
There is no additional maintenance, other than a follow-up visit to your cosmetic dentist and proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
Finally, a whiter smile gives people to whom you are speaking a place to focus on and gives you a friendlier appearance.
It takes roughly a week or two of a period of adjustment to get used to your teeth that have been changed in colour, size, spacing and shape. While very little tooth is removed in most cases, there are situations where more tooth must be removed which increases the risk of trauma to the tooth. The amount of tooth to be removed for the veneers should be discussed with your Cosmetic Dental Surgeon beforehand.
Veneers are very reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, but not perfect replacements for natural teeth. It's common to see slight variations in the colour of veneers upon very close inspection, as with natural teeth.
Before & After Photos: Tooth Veneers