Dental Veneers Q&A

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneer treatment is a technique in cosmetic dentistry where thin layers of material, usually porcelain, are attached to the front surface of the patient’s teeth in a set. These veneers give the smile an appearance of perfect tooth alignment and perfect white colour.

What is the Difference between Veneers, Inlays, Onlays and Crowns?

All these techniques use the same principles and materials. The first major difference is location. Dental veneers are added to the front side of your teeth as a thin layer which replaces the dental enamel on that side partially or wholly. Inlays and onlays are usually added on the top section of the tooth’s crown and usually involve replacing chipped parts of the tooth. Inlays are also meant to replace regular fillings, such as amalgam. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth surface.

Does the veneer treatment hurt?

The veneer treatment in most cases does not involve any living tissues and agitation of nerves. In most cases it’s only required to remove the dental enamel, and sometimes little dentin, so it should never reach the pulp, nerves and gums. However, patient experiences vary greatly and the dentist of your choice should either always apply an anaesthetic or have it set for immediate administration upon your request. Veneer treatment is done with a dental bur, and it can cause discomfort, (though not exactly pain), even when anaesthetics are administered.

Do veneers heal tooth cavities and other conditions?

A dental veneer is just a thin layer of material attached to your natural teeth. Despite materials used can be similar as those used for inlays or white fillings, veneers are primarily used for cosmetic rather than therapeutic indications.

Veneers can solve or conceal some tooth imperfections, but can’t exactly “heal” any condition. However, if properly sealed, dental veneers will guard the covered surface allowing no condition for infectious germs to get under. Note that the front surface is the least susceptible to cavity and you need to maintain good dental hygiene practices and pay a closer attention to fillings, inlays and onlays.

Are dental veneers safe?

Materials used for dental veneers and bonding these to your teeth have been widely used in dentistry for decades. These are certainly not poisonous, and are not known as allergens. Allergic reactions following veneer treatment are extremely rare.

How much does veneer treatment cost?

Composite veneers can cost anywhere from £150 to £400 per tooth. Porcelain ones, those which last more than a decade in most cases, will cost you £500 or more.

Can veneers be covered by the NHS?

It is needed to determine whether your need for veneers is just for improvement of your smile or there is a clinical need for it. Only in some small percentage of cases when veneers are needed as a means to fix certain conditions you can get them on the NHS.