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All you should know before you get dental veneers

Dental veneers, simply called veneers, are dental restorations made with tooth-coloured thin shells, which the dentist permanently attaches to the front area of the teeth. Dental veneers help improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. A dental veneer may be made from composite resin or porcelain material.

You can use dental veneers to correct different types of dental cosmetic issues like discoloured, irregularly-shaped, broken or chipped teeth. You can fix dental veneers on a damaged tooth or fix them on your 6 – 8 front teeth to make your smile symmetrical.

What types of veneers are available?

The common type of veneer is porcelain veneers. Applying porcelain veneers requires the dentist to perform more prepping on the teeth compared to the work need for other types of dental veneers like Vivaneers and Lumineers. These other types of veneer application are less invasive and take less time.

For the dentist to fix a traditional dental veneer, the dentist will drill the tooth, and sometimes, remove the enamel to get to the internal teeth structure called dentin. Although this process makes the veneer fit better, it makes the treatment an irreversible one. Sometimes, fitting traditional veneers is painful and requires the dentist to apply local anaesthetic first.

Fitting other types of veneers also require tooth preparation, but this is usually small compared to the preparation need for porcelain veneers. No-prep veneers only require removal of a small amount of the enamel, unlike porcelain veneers that require removal of layers of the teeth beneath the enamel, and you may not need anaesthetic for no-prep veneer fitting.

Some people refer to dental veneers as crowns or tooth implants, but they are quite different from these other dental restorations. You can use dental veneers to cover your teeth's fronts surface (the pert visible when you smile), but implants replace the entire tooth, while a crown covers an entire tooth.

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What is the cost of veneers?

Most dental insurance packages do not cover the cost of getting veneers because it is a cosmetic dental procedure. On average, traditional dental veneers cost starts from £1150 for a tooth. They last for about 10 – 15 years, while no-prep veneers last for 5 – 7 years and cost starts from £945 for a tooth.

The type of dental veneer you need, the brand your dentist uses, your location and the dentist's expertise all affect the cost of getting dental veneers.

What benefits do dental veneers offer?

A significant benefit of dental veneers is that it improves the teeth appearance and gives you a better smile. You can use dental veneers to correct the following dental issues that may be of concern to you.

  • Gapped teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Uneven or severe discolouration that teeth whitening cannot correct
  • Smaller teeth

If fitted correctly and you care for the porcelain veneers properly, they can last for more than ten years.

Preparing for your dental veneer appointment

Before your dentist can fit the dental veneers on your teeth, you need an initial consultation to discuss the treatment options that would suit you, and the number of veneers you need. Some people with uneven teeth may need to get braces first before the veneers treatment.

During the veneer consultation, the dentist will take x-rays of your teeth and assess your dental health, checking for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or any other dental problems that may need root canal treatment. If your dentist discovers any of these dental issues, you may not be able to get dental veneers.

During the next appointment, your dentist will prep your teeth for the veneers by drilling down the teeth by less than a millimeter, then take your teeth impressions which the lab technician would use to make your dental veneers.

How does the dentist fix the veneer?

The laboratory would send your veneers to the dentist's office after a week or two. When your veneers are ready, you can have your next appointment for the fitting. During the appointment, the dentist will check if the veneers fit the shape and colour of your teeth.

Your dentist or dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth to remove bacteria that may get trapped between the veneers and your teeth to cause tooth decay. Your dentist will then etch your tooth to make the veneer stick better. Next, your dentist will use an adhesive material to hold the veneer to the tooth and harden the adhesive material using UV light. After this, your new smile will be ready for you to showcase.

The placement of the veneers usually takes about two hours, but you may need to wait at the clinic for an additional thirty minutes if your dentist administers local anaesthetics.

How to care for your veneers after placement

Recovering after getting your dental veneers does not take a long time, and after your dentist fixes the veneers and the anaesthetic wears off, you can drink and eat your normal food. While the anaesthetic wears off, try not to chew on your tongue or cheeks.

Some people may feel some rough spots after the dentist places the veneers, but these rough edges wear down after a few days. If the rough edges do not smoothen out, your dentist may file them down.

If you properly care for your porcelain veneers, it could last for about 10 – 15 years while the other types of veneers would last for about 5 – 7 years.

If you want your dental veneers to last long, you need to take certain precautions like the following.

  • Do not open packages with your teeth.
  • Try not to chew on objects that are hard like ice or pens.
  • Eat hard foods with the back teeth, and before you eat hard foods, cut them into little portions.
  • Wear a mouthguard before engaging in any sport
  • Wear a retainer or splint if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep

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