What is a dental veneer?
A veneer is a thin layer of dental material that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth to disguise a number of cosmetic imperfections and improve the colour, shape, and position of your teeth. The main types of materials used for veneers are porcelain and composite. Each material has its benefits which will be discussed in further detail below.
Veneers can be attached on a single tooth or multiple teeth for a complete cosmetic smile makeover.
What can veneer be used for?
Many people feel self conscious about their teeth due to their appearance. It affects the confidence and often keeps them from freely smiling.
The commonest reason are due to teeth being discoloured, crooked, gappy or broken.
The solution to many of these problems and getting the perfect smile are cosmetic veneers. This highly versatile cosmetic procedure is simple, pain free and can be an effective solution to a number of issues as listed below. Veneers can be used
Straighten crooked teeth
Where the teeth are out of line, we can place porcelain dental veneers on the teeth to disguise the overcrowding. This can be an alternative to orthodontic treatments.
Close gaps in teeth
For gaps between your teeth of a certain size, dental veneers can be an ideal solution to close the gaps quickly and easily.
Teeth can be discoloured for many different reasons. Whether the discolouration affects one or multiple teeth, veneers are ideal to mask that discolouration.
A common concern is where teeth overlap each other. Veneers can be used to disguise the overlap by removing the overlapping enamel and placing the cosmetic veneers on top.
A common issue is where the teeth have been ground down over time, and they have shortened considerably. Veneers are the ideal solution to restore short or worn down teeth.
Porcelain veneers are an ideal solution to restore the natural shape of chipped or broken teeth. This is suitable when there is still an adequate amount of tooth structure remaining on which the veneer is built upon.
Benefits of Veneers Treatment
Veneers have a natural look
The veneers are designed and shaped according to the shape of your teeth and also the shape, colour and size that you desire. A high detailed impression is taken of your teeth to ensure that the veneer is made to mimic the natural look of your teeth.
Minimally invasive procedure
Compared to other dental procedures such as bridges or crowns, veneers are a much less invasive procedure. This means very little enamel is removed in the preparation of your teeth for veneers. Some veneers do not need the tooth to be prepared at all. Quite often the procedure does not require any local anaesthesia.
Veneers can last a long time
When carried out expertly and maintained with good oral hygiene, porcelain veneers can provide long lasting and stain free results. With adequate care and oral hygiene, dental veneers can easily last for more than 10 years. Due to its strength and stain free properties, it can also provide resistance to decay and discolouration.
Porcelain veneers are easy to maintain as they require the same maintenance you’d need with normal teeth. It is very simple really. Brush twice a day, flossing daily and visit your dentist for regular check-ups to ensure you enjoy white, natural and a healthy beautiful smile.
Solves many cosmetic issues
As mentioned previously, cosmetic veneers are a versatile cosmetic procedure capable of solving a wide range of cosmetic issues. Whether it is discolouration, chipped teeth, crowded teeth, gappy teeth or mis-shaped teeth, veneers can be the solution to making you smile confidently again. Your suitability for cosmetic porcelain veneers will be assessed by the dentist at the consultation appointment.
The veneers process
Step 2 - Preparation
Preparation: The dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel from the front side of tooth. Impressions are then be taken of the prepared teeth. A temporary veneers is made, to enable you to preview the appearance of the veneers.
Cementation: The dental impressions that are taken are used to make a cast of your teeth.
Our team will guide you through the journey of achieving and maintaining a smile to be proud of.
Step 3 - Cementation
What are e.max veneers and their benefits?
Most dentists would recommend porcelain veneers due to the many cosmetic benefits of this material. It mimics the natural colour and gleam of teeth better than most of other materials.
Emax veneers is a type of porcelain veneer. It is primarily made of pressed ceramic. This is what makes emax veneers highly durable and strong, thus able to withstand most of the forces applied to natural teeth.
Below we outline some the biggest advantages of emax veneers, which is why we love them so much.
Due to its great strength, emax veneers can made very thin. This means very minimal preparation of the tooth is required. The minimal prep also ensures more enamel is available to bond to the veneer, thus improving the overall durability of the veneer.
Due to the way emax veneers made and the high strength porcelain used, the result is a material of very high strength that rarely chips or breaks like traditional porcelain. Due to its high strength, the veneer can also be in very thin layers without worry of chipping.
One of the great benefits of pressed ceramics like emax veneers is the high level of translucency, which gives them a more natural appearance than conventional ceramics. Emax veneers may be combined with feldspathic porcelain to enhance the aesthetics further. The final result is a highly aesthetic veneers that looks like a natural tooth.
Veneers Treatment FAQs
What is the cost of dental veneers?
Our aesthetic emax veneers are prices from £550. This is one of the best prices for veneers in London. Discounts may be available if treatemnt requires multiple veneers. You can discuss this further with your dentist at the consultation appointment.
Can you finance veneers
We offer interest free payment plans that split the cost into manageable monthly payments.
Can veneers be repaired?
This depends on the material used for the veneer.
Is there a warranty for veneers?
In case of damage or fracture, your dentist will replace the veneers at a reduced cost within the stipulated time frame if proper homecare is used. Please ask your dentist for further details.
Will I have good looking temporary teeth?
Yes, we strive to give great aesthetic results even with your temporary veneers. We like to see this as a trial run for the real veneers. Using the diagnostic wax up, you will be able to visualise the end result of your veneers. This wax up is what we use to make the temporary veneers.
How much tooth is removed for veneers?
In short, very little. The great thing about emax veneers is that due to their strength, they can be made really thin without compromising their strength. This means only a very thin layer of enamel is removed in preparation of your teeth for veneers.
Will I see a model of my teeth before we start?
Yes, This is achieved through the diagnostic wax up which allows you to visualise the end results before starting any treatment.
Who long will they last?
When expertly placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, and well looked after by the patient,cdental veneers can easily last for 10-15 years or longer. Throughout that time, they might require minor cosmetic repairs.
If a patient is a bruxist (grinds teeth) will they be able to have veneers if desired?
This must be assessed by the dentist at the consultation visit. It may be that you will need a night time mouth guard to protect the veneers from breaking and chipping.
Do veneers hurt?
You may experience a slight sensitivity to hot and cold after the preparation of tooth and also after cementation. However, the risk of increased sensitivity is reduced with emax veneers as a minimal amount of tooth is removed when preparing the tooth. This is because emax veneers can be made really thing without compromising their high strenght and durability.
Can veneers fall off?
Yes, veneers can decement from the tooth, Pending that the veneer is intact and not broken, it can normally be recemented on to the tooth without any problem.
Do veneers stay white?
One of the advantages of the porcelain emax veneers is the stain free property ot the pressed ceramic material, which means the shade of the veneer will not change over time. Composite veneers are susceptible to staining over time.
Do veneers cover the whole tooth?
Veneers cover the front of the tooth only. Dental crowns, which removes significantly more tooth tissue when preparing the tooth cover the whole tooth.