What are teeth veneers?

Regarded as one of the most effective, comprehensive and attractive solutions on the cosmetic dentistry market today, veneer treatments have exploded in popularity over the past few years. 

It’s easy to understand why. Veneers act as an all-in-one solution for chipped, cracked or discoloured teeth. They’re permanent, durable and, after treatment, can be cared for like natural teeth. 

If you’re looking for a full smile makeover, veneers make a huge difference to your appearance instantaneously.

How do dental veneers work?

Veneers are ultra-thin layers of porcelain bonded to the front surface of the tooth. They are uniquely made for each individual patient, so your veneers will look as close to your natural teeth as possible. 

Veneers are designed to close spaces, improve colour and also the alignment of your teeth. They eliminate the need for teeth whitening treatments, are less likely to stain than your own natural teeth and are incredibly durable. A good set of veneers will be almost indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

What’s the process like?

Allander Dental Care can fit veneers for you in just two visits. 

First, we’ll prepare the tooth and match the shade of the veneer to complement your existing teeth, complexion and colouring. This involves removing a tiny amount of enamel from a tooth to prepare it for bonding and then taking an impression to make your veneer. You may need a local anaesthetic, but most patients feel minimal discomfort. 

By the time of your second appointment, we’ll have received your custom made veneers from the laboratory. Before undergoing dental treatment, we’ll ensure that they’re the correct shade, shape and size for you before bonding the porcelain veneer to your tooth with a special adhesive.

Aftercare & how to look after veneers

The dental bonding we use is powerful and is designed to hold your veneers in place for many years. Once your treatment is over, you’ll be able to use them just as ordinary teeth, meaning you can easily manage eating, brushing and flossing as usual.

You shouldn’t feel any pain after your veneers have been fitted. As it’s a cosmetic treatment, your teeth might feel a little strange and unfamiliar in your mouth at first; but you should get used to them within a few days or weeks.

Teeth bonding vs Veneers

You might have heard of another cosmetic procedure known as teeth bonding or composite bonding. Although similar in many ways, there are a few crucial differences between this treatment and veneers.

Bonding is when a tooth coloured composite resin is applied to the surface of your teeth. It is then set using a special light. Unlike veneers, they are not separate entities, custom made in a lab using your enamel. They are simply composite materials hardened to the front of your teeth.

Dental bonding is especially effective in correcting simple cosmetic issues, such as improving the colour and shape of your teeth. Unlike veneer treatment, you won’t have to undergo a prior procedure to supply tooth enamel. This makes composite bonding a quick and fuss-free solution if you’re looking for a simple way to improve your smile.

Which treatment is right for me?

There are a few pros and cons of each of these treatments you should be aware of before making your decision.

  • Materials
    Veneers are made from porcelain, which is a hard-wearing and durable material. It’s stain-resistant and will be made unique to your mouth in the lab. Composite bonding uses a simple tooth coloured resin and is more universal.
  • Longevity
    Generally speaking, with the proper care, veneers will last significantly longer than teeth bonding. This is due to the materials used and the nature of the treatment.
  • Dental health
    Depending on the condition of your natural teeth and the severity of the treatment needed, veneers might be a better solution. If you have more pronounced concerns, such as teeth out of alignment, chipped teeth or major discolouring, veneers will address these issues much better than bonding.
  • Cost
    Composite bonding often comes cheaper than cosmetic veneers. However, keep in mind that the resin material used in bonding treatments aren’t stain-proof, so you may want to consider teeth whitening solutions as an additional treatment.

How much do teeth veneers cost in the UK?

As with most dental treatments, the cost is determined on a case by case basis. Please call our surgery today for a free consultation, and we can give you an idea of what your treatment may involve and its costs.

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