The Pros & Cons of Dental Veneers

dental-healthIf you feel you can’t get rid of the tough stains on your teeth and you’ve tried whitening, then why not consider dental veneers? Not only do veneers brighten your smile but they change its appearance entirely. They are great for masking chips, creating straighter smiles and have been known to actually strengthen the tooth surface.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers consist of small shells of porcelain that are created to fit on top of the surface of an individual’s tooth. They are custom made to match the shade of the neighboring teeth and will last for around 15 years, providing that they are properly cared for.  They are perfect for closing small gaps, creating a more even smile and for improving the shade of the teeth.

Am I suitable for dental veneers?

Veneers are placed on relatively healthy teeth and so an appropriate amount of tooth surface has to present in order for them to be bonded. You’re an ideal candidate if:

–          You have badly stained teeth due to smoking or wine drinking for example.

–          You have small gaps in between your teeth

–          Your gum line is slightly askew and you’re looking for a more even smile.

–          You have chipped or worn teeth.

What kinds of veneers are available?

dental-health-2There are number of veneer treatments currently available and which one you have is entirely dependent upon your own personal needs. Tooth veneers treatments include:

  • Composite veneers – these are a great option if feel that the tooth preparation involved when opting for porcelain veneers is too much. They are cheaper than porcelain veneers but still mimic the tooth’s natural appearance, if carried out by an experienced cosmetic dentist. However, this type of veneer requires regular replacement, which is usually every 2-5 years.
  • Porcelain veneers – these are the most expensive option. This is due to the quality of the veneer and its more natural looking appearance. Porcelain veneers are stronger and more durable than composite veneers and therefore last much longer.

What are the advantages of having dental veneers?

  • Carried out in only 2 appointments
  • Durable
  • Last 10-15 years
  • Drastically improve the appearance of the teeth, in both colour and shape.
  • Difficult to become stained
  • Provides a natural looking tooth surface.

Are there any disadvantages of having dental veneers?

dental-Unfortunately, with any form of dental treatments come a few potential cons, including:

  • Requires tooth preparation, which entails the removal of healthy tooth surfaces.
  • The process is therefore irreversible
  • Expect to experience sensitivity for the first week
  • They are very difficult to repair and often have to be entirely replaced if they are damaged
  • They are very costly
  • They’re not suitable for those who already have decayed or heavily damaged teeth.

How much do they cost?

The cost of veneers depends entirely upon the amount of which is required and the type of materials used. You should expect to pay around £250-800 for composite veneers and around £300-1,500 each for the porcelain kind. The price is also dependent upon the skill of the dentist.

Where can I get dental veneers from?

Are you looking for a dental practice within the UK that offers dental veneers? Why not pay a visit to the Bucklersbury Dental Studio Hertfordshire? This practice is proud to offer a number of cosmetic dental treatments, including porcelain veneers.