21 Sep Veneers Guide – Everything you need to know!
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment that over the past years, have taken over our Instagram timelines with many transformation pictures. Much like having a designer bag, the appearance of having a perfectly straight smile is what’s trending at the current moment. Whether you have gaps, chips or discolouration, veneers can be the solution to achieve your Hollywood smile look!
Although we have all seen the amazing before and after photos, Dental Beauty Lee understands how this information can be overwhelming and has decided to break it down for you. We will talk about what veneers actually are, the process, the cost and any myths surrounding the treatment so you do not run into any surprises later on.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials that fit onto the tooth, much like an acrylic nail. They are permanently bonded to your tooth to cover its shape, position and colour. Veneers are also helpful for patients who have irregularly shaped teeth to create a more symmetrical smile. Many people think if you want to get veneers you have to get your full veneer done, however, this is not the case. You are able to get veneer for one tooth, multiple teeth or partial!
Can anyone and everyone get veneers?
With any cosmetic dental treatment, consulting an experienced dentist is always super important to ensure you are receiving the best advice for a unique case like yours. Visiting Dental Beauty Lee and booking a consultation is the first step in determining whether veneers are an appropriate option for you!
What are the different types of veneers?
Now we know what veneers are, let’s delve deeper into the two types: porcelain and composite.
An ultra-thin piece of porcelain that mimics the natural look of teeth while providing the strength and resilience of natural enamel. The actual porcelain material consists of ‘thin shells of ceramic.’ They are durable, good quality and longer-lasting than composite bonding however this is also reflected in the price.
The patient’s journey when getting veneers always starts with a consultation with one of our award-winning dentists where x-rays and treatment scans will be conducted to really see what the dentist is working with.
If the dentist deems the patient suitable for the treatment, tooth preparations are made, such as shade matching, in order to get ready for the treatment. The teeth in question will be filed down and prepped and consequently, impressions will be taken and sent to the lab to be created.
A temporary veneer will be put in place to protect the prepped tooth until the permanent one arrives from the lab. Once this is done, your permanent veneer is placed properly and professionally and you will be left with a perfect smile!
They are a minimally-invasive type of tooth covering made using composite resin; they ultimately shape your teeth into your desired shape and colour. Composite veneers tend to be a cheaper alternative that looks equally as good, however, it is crucial to note that they are not as durable as porcelain veneers.
The journey to get composite veneers does not differ too much. After your consultation and discussion about the unique circumstances regarding your teeth, the composite will be bonded to your teeth to achieve the look you desire!
The question everyone wants to know … Do you have to shave down your Teeth for Veneers?
The answer is yes! Your teeth will most likely need to be shaved down during the preparation stage, however, the amount they get shaved down differs on every individual as everyone has their own case. For instance, if you already have short/gap teeth, you may not need to get as much if any shaving is done in comparison to someone with crooked teeth.
How long do veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are made with the latest technology and materials which make them extremely durable and have a lifespan of 10-15 years. This is a long time and it is dependable on how well they are maintained, so on and so forth.
Composite bonding is made with a different type of material which is less durable than porcelain veneers, with a rough approximate lifespan of 5 – 7 years. Similarly, this is dependent on how well the veneers are cleaned and maintained.
What to bear in mind when getting Veneers?
Veneers require the shaving of your natural teeth down, this is irreversible. Once your own teeth are shaved down, this cannot be undone, which is why the process of getting veneers requires a consultation so you are fully aware of the pros and cons.
In addition, although veneers are not a quick fix and they can last you years, due to general wear and tear and maintenance, they will eventually need to be replaced.
Where can you get Veneers?
Getting Veneers requires a professional dentist who has extensive knowledge and detailed planning, so they can really understand your unique case and desired look you want to achieve.
Before getting veneers, it may be worth it to look at our social media platforms and websites from authenticated dentists to see before and after photographs. This is available on our Instagram.
If you want to get more bespoke and personable information visit our veneers page.