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Dental Veneers FAQ’s

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Dental Veneers FAQ's

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells made of porcelain or composite resin bonded to natural teeth’ front surface. They are used to improve the appearance of teeth by correcting various cosmetic issues such as chipped teeth, crooked teeth, or discolouration.

How long do veneers last on your teeth?

Dental veneers, particularly porcelain veneers, can last for a significant period, typically between 10 to 15 years. However, their lifespan can vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene practices, oral habits (like nail biting or pen chewing), and general wear and tear.

What are the types of veneers? 

The two main types of dental veneers are porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are made from high-quality porcelain and are known for their durability, stain resistance, and natural appearance. Composite veneers are made from tooth-coloured resin material and are a more cost-effective option, but they may be less durable and prone to staining.

Should I choose composite bonding or porcelain veneers?

The choice between composite bonding and porcelain veneers depends on various factors such as your budget, the extent of the cosmetic issues, and your long-term goals. Porcelain veneers are generally more durable and have better stain resistance, providing a longer-lasting solution. However, composite bonding may be a suitable option for minor cosmetic improvements or temporary solutions.

How many veneers do I need? 

The number of veneers needed depends on individual circumstances, such as the appearance of your teeth and your desired outcome. Some individuals may only need a single veneer to correct a specific tooth, while others may require multiple veneers to achieve a more balanced and symmetrical smile. Your dentist will assess your situation during the initial consultation and recommend the appropriate number of veneers.

How do I care for my veneers?

To maintain optimal oral health and prolong the lifespan of your veneers, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. This includes regular brushing and flossing, using a non-abrasive toothpaste, avoiding excessive consumption of staining substances like coffee or red wine, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.

What is the most common reason to have veneers replaced?

The most common reason for veneer replacement is the development of cracks or damage. While veneers are durable, they can still be susceptible to wear and tear over time. Accidental trauma, teeth grinding, or poor oral habits such as nail biting can contribute to the need for replacement. Regular visits to your dentist and practicing good oral hygiene can help detect any issues with your veneers early on and prevent further damage.

Are veneers permanent or removable?

Veneers are considered a permanent cosmetic dental treatment since they involve altering the tooth structure by removing a small amount of enamel. Once the tooth is prepared and the veneer is bonded, it becomes a permanent part of your natural tooth. However, they may need replacement over time due to wear or damage.

What are the disadvantages of veneers?

While dental veneers offer significant aesthetic benefits, it’s important to consider potential disadvantages. These include the irreversible removal of a small amount of tooth enamel, the need for replacement in the future, the possibility of veneer cracks or chips, and the potential for increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages.

How much does it cost to get veneers in the UK?

The cost of getting veneers in the UK can vary depending on factors such as the number of veneers needed and the location of the dental practice. On average, porcelain veneers in the UK may range from £500 to £1,200 per tooth. It’s best to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist for an accurate cost estimate.

Can you go back to normal teeth after getting veneers?

Once the natural tooth is prepared and veneers are placed, it is not possible to revert to the original natural teeth. Veneers are a permanent solution for improving the appearance of your teeth. It is essential to carefully consider the decision and consult with your dentist before proceeding with the procedure.

What’s an alternative to veneers?

 An alternative to veneers is teeth whitening, which can help enhance the appearance of your natural teeth. Other options for improving the appearance of teeth include dental bonding, dental crowns, and orthodontic treatments for correcting crooked teeth.

Who should not get veneers?

Not everyone may be a suitable candidate for dental veneers. Individuals with poor gum health, severe tooth decay, or insufficient tooth structure may not be suitable candidates for veneers. It is important to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist who can evaluate your specific oral health condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment options.

Are veneers painful?

The veneer placement procedure is typically not painful as it is performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the area being treated. However, some individuals may experience minor discomfort or sensitivity during the tooth preparation process, where a small amount of enamel is removed. After the procedure, any mild discomfort usually subsides within a few days. Your dentist will provide post-operative instructions and may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.

Can you get a cavity under a veneer?

While it is rare, it is possible to develop tooth decay underneath a dental veneer. Veneers cover the front surface of the tooth, but the underlying tooth structure is still susceptible to decay. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist will also monitor the health of your veneers and the underlying teeth during routine examinations.

Why is my tooth turning black under the veneer?

If a tooth covered by a veneer appears to be turning black, it could be an indication of a problem such as tooth decay or a cavity. It is important to visit your dentist as soon as possible to assess the situation and determine the cause of discolouration. The black colour may be a sign of underlying dental issues that require prompt treatment to prevent further damage.

Do veneers get yellow?

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and less likely to discolour compared to natural teeth. However, over time, veneers can accumulate surface stains or develop slight discolouration. To maintain their appearance, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, and avoid or limit consumption of stain-causing substances such as coffee, tea, and red wine. Professional dental cleanings can also help remove any surface stains and keep your veneers looking their best.

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