Veneers are becoming more popular and for several years now they have become the mainstay in practices where smile makeovers are offered. The great thing about veneers is the flexibility they provide the patient. They can be used to fix up damaged teeth, they can completely transform the appearance of crooked teeth and if your teeth are badly stained because of smoking dental veneers will always be a great option.
So what exactly are dental veneers? Effectively veneers are very slim ceramic shells which are fitted or bonded onto your teeth to restore a pristine smile. They are usually made from porcelain or a type of composite material and can greatly improve your appearance of your teeth with minimal work involved. Basically these ceramic shells are bonded or pasted onto the front surface of your teeth and dentists often compared dental veneers to putting false fingernails over your real nails.
In the world of cosmetic dentistry people are becoming more and more aware of their need for a white smile and depending on the tape of veneer you have fitted you can have many years of perfect teeth ahead of you. Composite veneers can last roundabout 10 years while porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years. Prices can vary from practice to practice with porcelain veneers usually starting off at around £300-£1500 per tooth while the cheaper composite veneers can start from as little as £150 per tooth.
Your dentist will have a look at your suitability for veneers and if you are considered to be okay to have veneers fitted the dentist will remove a very small layer of surface enamel from the teeth involved. Most of the time a local anaesthesia will be given to reduce pain and a proper impression of your teeth will be taken as well along with an extremely accurate measurement of the colour of your teeth. When that can be possible to have porcelain veneers fitted in a day, a typical procedure will involve two or three visits to the dentist and take around 2 to 3 weeks to complete.
Thanks go out to Dr Cashel at veneersglasgow.org for his help with this post.