What is a veneer?

A Veneer is an ultra-thin facing that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve the colour and shape of individual teeth, or to close gaps and align teeth where orthodontic treatment is not the preferred option. They are used to repair or enhance single teeth or whole smiles. Veneers require minimal preparation of the tooth.

Porcelain veneers are very stain and wear resistant, so they keep their shape and colour long term. Porcelain is built up in layers to achieve translucence (the way light shines through the porcelain in to the tooth) and characterization (subtle shading changes) to achieve the most natural looking appearance.

Composite veneers can be made from a composite plastic material. This is built up with a single matching shade so appearance is less natural looking than porcelain. They can be built up by the dentist in the surgery or made by the laboratory after impression taking. They can wear, discolour and/or chip over time and can require replacing within 5 years.

  • Natural looking results. Porcelain veneers provide a very natural tooth appearance. They mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth and characteristics of tooth enamel incredibly well. They can be made very thin and translucent.
  • Very durable material providing a long lasting solution. If you look after them well, porcelain veneers can be expected to give 10 -15 years of service, composite veneers expected 5 years of service
  • Match existing teeth. The colour of the porcelain veneer can be made to closely match your natural teeth. In most cases it is not necessary to veneer all of your teeth. It can be a challenge to match exactly a single tooth veneer due to subtle light reflection properties
  • Dramatic and quick results. Multiple veneers can produce very dramatic and almost instant improvements in your smile and hence well-being. Once the decision to have veneers has been made, it's normally just two or three appointments spaced out over a couple of weeks.
  • Correct multiple flaws in one go. Porcelain veneers can improve shape, colour and position (if minor) all at once. Therefore if you have a range of cosmetic flaws such as spaces, discolouration, staining, chipped or fractured teeth, these can all be dealt with at the same time. A combined approach using other treatments may be needed depending on the situation
  • Can be combined with other cosmetic treatments. Porcelain veneers may be used in combination with treatments such as crowns, bridges, implants, orthodontics, and teeth whitening to achieve a smile makeover.
  • Little recovery time. After veneers have been placed and the anaesthetic has worn off (if it was needed) the veneers will be set firmly and you are able to resume normal function almost immediately.
  • Stain resistant. Porcelain resists the classic stains of coffee, tea, smoking and soft drinks very well and can look as good as the day they were put in for years to come. Gums also respond well to porcelain margins making them very well tolerated and easy to keep clean. Composite veneers are like white fillings and will stain over time
  • Strengthen teeth and restore function. Veneers can help strengthen fractured teeth and restore them to normal function. Remember that porcelain veneers are not as strong as untouched natural teeth and as such need to be looked after.
  • No additional maintenance. Nothing further is needed other than good daily oral health care routines being maintained at home. We recommend that patients see the hygienist at six-monthly intervals which will keep veneers looking as good as new for many years.
  • Customised for you. The shape, colour and size of the veneers can be chosen within the limits of your mouth to give you the personal smile that you have always wanted.
  • The colour or shape cannot be altered once they have been cemented in place
  • They are not particularly good for people with grinding or clenching habits or whose teeth are very worn and now meet edge to edge, since the extra pressure can cause them to chip and fracture. However a preventative bite guard or splint may be a solution at night
  • Porcelain veneers cost  more than composite resin bonding
  • If they break, porcelain veneers are difficult to repair and often have to be replaced
  • They are the best on relatively healthy teeth and not a good choice for teeth with a lot of decay, multiple fillings, very large fractures or any situation where there is not a good amount of enamel for bonding to
  • Once you have decided on veneers then you are committed to having veneers and the ongoing maintenance costs
  • Porcelain veneers may need replacing in 10-15 years either due to failure or maybe due to compromised aesthetics such as if the gums shrink with age
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold may be a side effect because enamel has been removed, however this is normally only temporary
  • Although veneers require the removal of less tooth structure than a crown and are much less likely to affect the nerve inside the tooth, occasionally a root filling may subsequently be required, but normally this can be done without disturbing the veneer
  • If a tooth is severely discoloured it can be difficult to get perfect shade matching as even with opaque porcelain the tooth colour can show through the thin porcelain

It is recommended that you attend for at least six-monthly prevention and plaque control visits because it is important that good oral hygiene is maintained to keep the veneer margins clean and prevent plaque build-up. It is the your responsibility to look after your veneer at home and maintain good oral hygiene procedures.

Prices from £395.00.