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What Are Dental Veneers & Why Get Them?

2016 02 02
In the first of a new series, we answer all your questions on dentistry.

From dental veneers, to dental bridges, and much more, let us tell you everything you ever wanted to know about teeth, but were afraid to ask.

​What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin layer of porcelain or other composite, material, placed over the tooth to protect it from damage. The process is not typically available as part of NHS dentistry, and the cost may vary depending on your dentist. After they have been attached, veneers are designed to last for a long time, but can also be damaged, in the same way as natural teeth.

Why Do People Need Dental Veneers?

In terms of the pros and cons, they assist in improving the cosmetic appearance and positioning of teeth, especially, for example, teeth which have been damaged or chipped. Particular porcelain or composite shades can be selected to match or improve the colour of existing teeth, make them fit with others, or to disguise sections of a tooth which have been chipped away.

What Are The Benefits Of Getting Them?

Veneers help to restore the appearance that healthy, young teeth have, bringing vitality and confidence back to your smile. They also work hard to protect teeth that may have been damaged through wear and tear, or accidents. This means you may avoid the loss of teeth, and the use of surgery or dentures down the line.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

Typically, the procedure of fitting dental veneers involves three visits. One to make an assessment, and diagnosis, which may involve an X-Ray, etc. A second to prepare the teeth and match the porcelain or composite material to them. And a final visit to ‘bond’ or fit the veneers to the teeth.

How Much Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers vary in cost, depending on your dental care provider, and the nature of the work required. For this reason, it is best to consult with your dentist before beginning the procedure.