They offer a non-surgical way of achieving a brighter and whiter smile. Unlike dental implants, veneers are designed to sit on top of the original tooth and are applied through non-invasive treatment.
We find that many patients that visit our clinics have already considered other forms of treatment, such as teeth whitening. The appeal of veneers is that they are long-lasting.
Am I suited to veneers?
Over time, our teeth can begin to show signs of wear and tear. Years of drinking coffee and perhaps red wine can wreak havoc on our once spritely smiles.
Smoking is another major cause of teeth discolouration. Veneers can provide a simple and permanent solution to this issue. If you have noticed discolouration on your teeth, veneers could be an excellent option.
Are there different types of veneers?
There are several different types of veneers, each with specific advantages. Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers and require some shaping of the tooth before being placed.
Composite veneers are made from composite resin rather than porcelain, and only require some minor alterations to the original tooth before being fitted. Lumineer veneers are completely non-invasive and sit on top of the original tooth.
If you are not sure which type of veneers you would like, our highly-experienced cosmetic dentists can help.
There may be some lifestyle factors to consider, or perhaps you would prefer a non-permanent option. The choice is yours and we will work around your needs.
Are luminous veneers better than porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are the most common type of veneers because they are long-lasting. If cared for properly, porcelain veneers can last up to 15-20 years.
As well as enhancing your smile, they can help to close small gaps between teeth when braces are not an option. Porcelain veneers can also be used to solve small misalignments in the teeth.
Unlike luminous veneers, porcelain veneers require some work to be done before being fixed. Some enamel on the surface of the tooth may be removed.
For this reason, some patients prefer the idea of lumineer veneers. Lumineers are non-invasive and are made using an ultra-thin porcelain material.
Can you get free veneers?
Veneers are considered a cosmetic dentistry treatment, so it is not usually possible to get veneers for free via the NHS, for example, unless the treatment is on a clinical basis.
How much should I expect to pay for veneers?
The price of veneers largely depends on which type you choose: porcelain, lumineer or composite. Generally, veneers cost from £799-£999.