We all dream about having a row of straight, pearly whites. They give us confidence and encourage us to smile more, and a smile is a beautiful thing. Dental veneers are a great way of achieving that dazzling, Hollywood smile.

What Are Veneers?

So firstly, you’ll want to know what a veneer actually is. Simply put, a veneer is a wafer-thin cover for damaged, chipped or stained teeth. They’re glued to your teeth, covering up any imperfections you don’t like. You can get porcelain veneers, ceramic veneers or a composite bonding material.

Dental veneers are regularly used to create a perfect Smile Makeover.

Why would you get Dental Veneers?

The most common reasons for people wanting veneers are:

  • Damaged teeth – they can treat teeth that have been worn down by use, damaged by sugary food, chipped, or broken.
  • Stained teeth – veneers can be used to treat badly stained teeth that are resistant to Teeth Whitening.
  • Crooked teeth – they can create perfectly aligned-looking teeth.
  • Gaps – they can be used to cover gaps or spaces between your teeth.

Composite Veneers vs Porcelain Veneers?

The two main types of dental veneers available: Porcelain veneers and composite veneers.

Porcelain veneers are the most popular type of dental veneers; they are stronger and therefore last longer than other types. They also give the user a more natural looking appearance. However, they are a more expensive option.

Composite veneers don’t last as long and are much more prone to staining. Composite work is ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure. Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers. However, they’ll need replacing more often.

What about Lumineers? What are they?

Lumineers are similar to standard porcelain veneers, but are made from a patented cerinate porcelain that is extremely thin and very strong. With Lumineers, the tooth surface doesn’t need to be trimmed, so the procedure is quicker and totally painless, which appeals to people who don’t want their original teeth trimming.

What is the procedure of having dental veneers fitted?

When having dental veneers you will experience something similar to this:

  • Consultation and examination – you and your dentist discuss your treatment, needs and concerns.
  • Reshaping – your dentist will need to reshape the front surfaces of your teeth to make way for the veneers.
  • Impressions – an impression of your teeth is taken and used to create your new veneers. This takes roughly 1-3 weeks.
  • Temporary dental veneers – these are applied whilst your waiting for your new teeth
  • The Fitting – your dentist will fit your new veneers to your teeth. He/she may need to trim or adjust the veneers to the right size.

How long do dental veneers last?

Porcelain veneers normally last for 5-10 years, compared with composite veneers that last around 1-2 years. All veneers will eventually need replacing.

Make the most of your new toothy investment and take good care of them! By following a good oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups your veneers will last longer.