Are veneers right for you?

You need dental treatment and you’re considering getting veneers, but you’re not sure whether they are the right option for you. Here’s a helpful guide if you’re feeling a little confused about what choice to make.

What are veneers?

Veneers are extremely thin pieces of porcelain which are custom-made and applied to the front surface of the teeth. They are used to cover-up discolouration in the teeth and also to hide minor damage. Porcelain veneers significantly improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance the quality of your smile.

The process of getting veneers is relatively simple. Your dentist will make a mould of your teeth and help your choose what shade of white you’d like your veneers to be. When your veneers are ready, your teeth will be specially cleaned and they can be bonded with your natural teeth.

Veneers or crowns?

In some cases, your dentist may offer you the option of a crown over  veneers. A crown encases the tooth, whereas a veneer only cover the front surface. In most cases, a crown is used to give teeth a new shape.

To fit a crown, the original tooth must be trimmed down and shaped. They are quite thick and are usually used to repair more extensive damage, such as severe chips and single broken teeth.

In comparison, veneers are much thinner than crowns, but as just as strong and durable. They can provide lasting protection and strengthen the tooth, lasting 10-15+ years.

When to get veneers:

You should ask your dentist about getting veneers to correct minor structural or cosmetic issues such as;

  • chips
  • cracks
  • gaps between teeth
  • discoloration
  • minor misalignment

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of getting veneers can vary, depends of the needs and individual circumstances of the patient. It also depends if you’re having one tooth done or all of them. Prices usually fall in the range of £500 or more.

It may be tempting to choose composite veneers which are a cheaper alternative. However, when it comes to your teeth, you should never go for the cheaper option, as it usually means you’ll be compromising on quality. Composite veneers don’t last as long and stain much easier that porcelain veneers. There’s also the risk that the veneers will look ‘fake’ and it is crucial that veneers appear natural, so as not to negatively affect your smile.

If you are thinking of getting veneers, you can contact us to discuss your options. We’re happy to provide advice and help you choose the best option to suit you.

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