What is a veneer?
A dental veneer is made from porcelain or a white filling material (composite) which covers the tooth in a thin layer improving the look of the tooth and smile. This can alter the colour / shape / position of a damaged or discoloured tooth. Veneers can be used to close small gaps where C-fast or orthodontics are not suitable. They can improve your self-confidence by improving your appearance. They are also used to repair teeth where a small filling is not successful but where enough tooth remains so that a crown is not required.
What is the process of veneers?
They involve the removal of a small layer of tooth enamel while making the finished tooth look natural. Sometimes it is not necessary to remove any tooth, depending on where the tooth is placed. Your dental team will prepare the tooth, then a mould of your teeth is sent to the dental lab. The dental technician will then prepare your veneer to a colour and shape which matches your surrounding teeth, as agreed with your dentist. The veneer will then be attached with a strong adhesive by your dentist. Porcelain veneers will take at least 2 visits.
How much do veneers cost?
Costs vary depending on the number of veneers needed and the type of material used. Porcelain veneers can cost up to £225 each while Composite (one- visit) veneers can cost up to £95. Both types should last for many years but they may chip, just as your own teeth can. Biting your nails or grinding your teeth should be avoided after veneer placement.
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