One of the most requested treatments here at S10 are, without doubt, dental veneers. Known to be the cosmetic dentistry treatment of choice for Hollywood stars, veneers have been around for quite some time, and are not going away any time soon.
The addition of veneers can achieve a true smile makeover, giving those who have lived with unsightly teeth the smile of their dreams in just a couple of visits. Here, we’ll take a look at what veneers are all about, what your options are and some of the pros and cons of veneers you should consider when deciding whether this treatment is for you.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin flakes of specialised ceramic, used to cover the front surface of your tooth. They are used to tackle chips, cracks, discolouration and other aesthetic issues in teeth, replacing your damaged tooth surface with a shiny new one. They are a quick and easy solution to unsightly teeth, giving you a beautiful smile in an instant.
Types of veneers
Not all veneers are made equal, and understanding the different types is your first step towards selecting the right product for your needs. Here in the UK, the most popular types of veneers include:
- Composite: A resin-based veneer, cheaper to fit and often available in just one visit. Can be less durable than other materials.
- Palatal: Applied to the back of your teeth, these are more about strength than appearance. Can be made from gold, porcelain or composite, these strengthen eroded teeth from behind to prevent further wear.
- Lumineers: Super thin and super strong, these are as durable as porcelain veneers but do allow the process to be reversed if you change your mind. However, they do have a track record of detaching or of being so thin that the issues with the tooth underneath still show through.
- Porcelain: The most popular choice for decades and still an effective solution today, porcelain looks natural, is very strong and last for years. The main downside is the need to reshape the tooth underneath.
So, you can see there are various pros and cons of veneers of different materials, which you should take into consideration when choosing the product that’s right for your teeth.
If you decide to get dental veneers, you will need to visit your dentist twice. On the first visit, they will discuss your objectives with you and will explain prices and the procedure in detail. They will need to understand your issues with your teeth and smile, so that they can work towards an effective correction.
While you are at this first visit, the dentist will numb your teeth and gums and will shave a thin layer of tooth surface away, to create a perfect surface for your veneers. This thin layer will be replaced with the veneer once it has been made. They will then take an impression of your teeth to send away and have your custom veneers manufactured.
When your veneers are ready, you will be invited back to have them fitted. You can discuss the colour and shape of the veneers before they are cemented into place. Once you are happy with the product, your dentist will bond them to your teeth using dental cement.
It’s important that you recognise the pros and cons of veneers before you go ahead and book your treatment, as a balanced view is crucial to something as important as this.
· Pros of veneers
Veneers look very natural, and can be colour matched to suit your natural tooth colour
They can be applied in just two visits
Veneers improve the strength of the teeth underneath
The finished look can be tailored to your personality; aggressive, feminine, super white or more natural… the choice is yours
· Cons of veneers
Your own teeth have to be shaped, so the procedure is not reversible
They can be expensive compared to other cosmetic treatments
They will wear over time and require replacement in 15 – 20 years
Some clients experience increased sensitivity after the procedure
So, as you can see, there are a number of pros and cons of veneers to consider when you’re deciding if this treatment is right for you. If you have any concerns about anything we’ve raised here, our team will be happy to discuss it in more detail with you.
So, are veneers worth it?
Now you know all the pros and cons of veneers, do you think it’s a treatment you’d like to have? Speaking from experience, we know that this type of treatment can literally change the lives of people who have it. Instead of having to live with damaged teeth, deep stains or an ugly smile, in just a couple of sessions our clients can enjoy beautiful, Hollywood smiles for the first time.
We’ve see first hand just how much dental veneers can improve confidence, self-respect and happiness. If you are unhappy with your own smile, talk to our expert dentists today to discover just how easy it can be to get the gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted.