Veneers are very thin sheets of laminate that are fixed to the surfaces of the teeth to create a beautiful smile. Veneers sit over the top of the teeth like a false nail sits on a nail, but veneers are bonded a great deal more tightly. There are different types of veneers and you can choose from different materials. Composite veneers are less expensive but only last around 3-5 years, while porcelain veneers are more expensive, but last longer and look more like natural teeth.
When can veneers be used?
Veneers can be used for a range of different reasons and can be used as part of a smile makeover. They can also be used to create an attractive aesthetic appearance, especially for patients who have problems such as crooked teeth and twisted teeth, gaps between the teeth and stained teeth and in cases where an individual has complex orthodontic problems, such as crossbite, underbite and overbite conditions. Tooth abnormalities such as buck teeth or goofy teeth are also able to be given a makeover with this advanced treatment.
However, in many cases orthodontic treatments may be more effective, but some people may use veneers after their orthodontic treatment is complete, to further enhance the appearance of their smile. Veneers can also be used in the treatment of chipped or cracked teeth to make an incomplete smile whole again. If orthodontic treatment is possible then your dentist will likely recommend it, as it is always best to keep your natural teeth where possible.
Are veneers suitable for everyone?
Veneers are often not an ideal solution for orthodontic problems and your orthodontist will probably recommend an orthodontic treatment, such as braces. However, some people choose to have veneers after they have had orthodontic treatments, to further improve the aesthetics of their smile.
How much do veneers cost?
Veneers are expensive and the cost varies according to the materials used and the dentist you visit but you can expect to pay between £300 and £1500 per tooth. A number of dental practices today now offer interest free finance on dental plans, which help break down the cost of treatment, making repayment a great deal easier.