How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?

As is the case with all types of cosmetic work there is a huge range of price options available to you. The cost of veneers will depend on which dentist and clinic you choose, how much work you will be having done and most importantly which material you choose for your veneers to be crafted from. Whether the dental veneers used are specifically tailored to fit your teeth or whether a more standard "Factory Fit" is used will also have an impact of the overall cost of the Veneers.

The two most popular types of dental veneer are porcelain and composite:

  • Porcelain veneers are extremely popular and will provide you with durability and excellent finish while offering a more natural finish and being more translucent than there's composite counterparts. However this more natural finish will come at a price with porcelain veneers starting at around £500-£1,100 per tooth.
  • Composite veneers provide a far more affordable option and can start from as little as £200 per tooth however they are more prone to picking up stains and do not last as long as porcelain veneers.

Composite veneers on average will last between 2-5 years without requiring replacement however porcelain veneers will last around 5-8 years so this must be taken in to account when deciding between both options.

It is worth doing research to find the best option available to you and being a rapidly growing market you'll find that cosmetic dentists will be competitively pricing their services so it's important that you compare quotes from a variety of clinics before committing to treatment. Try to investigate the track records of individual practices, get recommendations from friends, and find a dentist and a clinic that you feel confident with.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are new facings that are attached to your teeth to hide or disguise discoloured, chipped or damaged teeth, which many people suffer from. In cases of discolouration, causes can include:

  • Smoking: Smoking tobacco can leave teeth with yellow staining
  • Food and Drink: Drinks such as tea, coffee, cola and red wine and foods such as fruit can stain your teeth
  • Disease: Diseases affecting tooth enamel can leave the enamel more susceptible to staining.
  • Medications: Certain medicines such as some antibiotics and antihistamines and medical treatments such as head and neck radiation can lead to discolouration of the teeth
  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Inadequate brushing can leave the teeth covered in plaque and food stuffs that lead to permanent staining.
  • Ageing: As we get older, the outer layer of our tooth enamel gets weaker, revealing the yellower layers underneath
  • Trauma: If you damage your teeth during a knock or fall they may be left discoloured as a result, depending on the damage done.

Chipped or damage to your teeth can also occur for a variety of reasons, including trauma in the form of a knock to your teeth, or damage to the tooth enamel as a result of ageing, certain medications or poor oral hygiene.

The Procedure

To begin the process for getting dental veneers you should first see your dentist, who will advise you on whether veneers are appropriate, and the results you are likely to achieve. As the procedure is cosmetic it is not usually available on the NHS, so you will most likely have to undertake the procedure privately. You may be able to undergo the procedure with your normal dentist, or you may choose to opt for a private cosmetic clinic.

During the actual veneering procedure you may be offered a local anaesthetic to numb your mouth. Your cosmetic dentist will then remove a layer of your tooth enamel that is the same thickness of the veneer (approximately 0.5mm) of enamel from your tooth’s surface. A cast or model will then be made of your tooth which is sent away for use in constructing the veneers, which will be shaped to match your tooth perfectly. The veneers may take up to 2 weeks to be made, and you may be offered a temporary veneer depending on the condition of your tooth.

When the veneer is ready to be applied, your dentist will check the shape and colour are correct and make any final small adjustments before bonding the veneer to your tooth with a glue cement. Once in place, a special light will be used to set the glue. Once the final adjustments and cleaning is complete you will return home immediately and will most likely be seen again after 2-3 weeks to check that the veneer has been properly applied and that your gums are responding appropriately.

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