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What Are Dental Veneers?

Chipped or damaged teeth, discolourations and gaps between your teeth can change the way you feel. If your self-confidence is affected by the appearance of your teeth, you may be considering dental veneers. Like fake nails placed on the surface of your natural nails, dental veneers are put on the surface of your natural teeth.

Dental veneers are customized shells made of porcelain or a composite resin that fit over your teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers are especially helpful in improving your smile if you have teeth that are chipped, stained or misshapen. The purpose of veneers is generally cosmetic, but you may have them fitted as part of an overall dental makeover that includes treatment for gum disease

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Veneers FAQs

  • You have chipped or broken teeth.
  • Your teeth are discoloured.
  • You have gaps between your teeth.
  • Your teeth have become worn down.
  • You have misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth.

Porcelain is a type of glass, which means that this method of teeth coating is not as susceptible to stains as composite veneers, and their overall appearance is also brighter and shinier.

Composite veneers are made from a tooth coloured resin (similar to that used for tooth fillings) and are close to plastic in nature. As resin is porous, it is sensitive to stains. If you have composite veneers fitted is advised that you regularly have them professionally polished at your local practice.

Many people say they want that ‘Hollywood Smile’ which often invokes the image of perfectly aligned bright white teeth. Well it was the film industry, centred around Hollywood, that did indeed pave the way for the desires of the public today.

Veneers look so natural so it is difficult to distinguish which Hollywood stars have had the treatment. Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Cheryl Cole are  a few celebrities , who are rumoured to have them.

Although the veneers are artificial, they still require a daily maintenance. The tooth underneath is still susceptible to decay and gum disease. You should continue your daily dental hygiene routine by brushing twice a day, flossing, replacing your toothbrush and getting regular dental checkups. 

Veneers do not come cheap and there are factors, which may affect the price. Tooth Doctor offers 0% finance options to give you the option to spread the cost of your treatment over a period of time. To view our fees and finance options, click HERE. 

No. There is not usually any pain associated with the fitting of wearing veneers.