You’ve probably heard of veneers – because they are so popular, thousands of people across the UK consider the procedure and undertake it every year.
But what is not so much common knowledge is how they are applied.
They are often recommended by specialist cosmetic dentists who prescribe them as a solution to chipped, discoloured, cracked or broken teeth.
This is because dental veneers are long-lasting, permanent natural-like teeth that conceal and treat a wide variety of imperfections and oral health problems such as overbites.
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The common veneer myth
Traditional veneers either made from porcelain or composite materials are applied to the front of your teeth in order to enhance your appearance.
Certain types of veneers require some preparation of your existing tooth.
This can either involve the shaping or grinding down of the tooth, or having a portion of the tooth removed (enamel).
This is to ensure the veneer is secure and stable.
However, in the case of no-prep veneers, they are installed much more quickly and still provide excellent, long-lasting results.
What are no-prep veneers?
- Durathin (0.3mm): This brand of veneer is made up of very thin, translucent layers of porcelain, which are bonded to the front surface of the tooth. They involve no grinding or shaving work needed in advance.
- Ultrathin (0.2/0.4mm): Very durable and extremely thin porcelain veneers that require little to no shaving of the original tooth.
- Lumineers (0.2mm): This particular type of no-prep veneers are probably the most well-known and recommended in the dental industry currently. They are extremely thin and provide a very natural-looking finish.
- Improved results
- Minimally invasive and require less prep work of existing teeth
- Easy installation
- No anaesthetic
- Can last a lifetime
How do they work?
Regular veneers may require ½ millimetre of enamel to be shaved from your tooth in order to create an impression that is used to craft the veneer.
However, this step is not necessary for no-prep veneers.
In truth, a lot of prep work is not needed at all.
In many cases, the professional cosmetic dentist will make a digital impression of your mouth and teeth and use this to craft the veneers, which can be installed on the same day.
As they are applied to the enamel and front surface of your tooth, they may cause some damage to the surface but are considered a reversible and semi-permanent alternative.
Below we have enlisted what you might expect from a no-prep veneer installation procedure, which will be carried out by our award-winning and the highly-recognised expert dental team.
- We will carry out a detailed oral assessment and examination of the mouth to ensure the tooth structure is solid and sound.
- From here, we will take impressions of your teeth to create bespoke and custom veneers.
- Once we have taken the mold, we will then individually craft your new set of teeth.
- Next, we will match the veneers to your teeth and ensure they are the perfect fit.
- A slight etching of the surface of your teeth might be applicable to allow the veneer to bond strongly and securely.
- The veneers are bonded to your teeth.
As with the same with any cosmetic dental procedure, the costs can inevitably vary depending on your unique circumstance or oral condition.
If you have dental insurance, it might be wise to check with them to see if the cost of your veneers can be covered, however, many insurance plans do not cover certain forms of cosmetic dentistry.
However, there are various pricing plans and finance options available if the cost might be a barrier.
Here is a quick overview of the cost:
- Immediate or composite veneers from £700
- Porcelain veneers from £1,200
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- We can help establish monthly payment plans.
- We provide 0% finance for up to 24 month term plans. Many patients find our payment plan option very useful.
- Terms over 24 months will be low-interest bearing.
- If you would like to consider this option we will need to carry out a few credit checks.
- We can discuss payment plans at both the Hertfordshire & the London clinic
Veneers are usually not painful whilst you are having the treatment.
However, some have reported slight sensitivity during the settling down period after the final fitting. This is quite normal and nothing to worry about. It usually only lasts for a few days and very soon after subsidies. More.
The sensitivity is due to the bonding process where an inorganic substance (the veneer) has been bonded to an organic component (your tooth).
In complex cases, involving a large amount of treatment, you may experience a little uncomfortableness while your teeth settle down.
Fast, simple, pain-free process
- At your first appointment, your dentist will take a look at the general health of your teeth and gums, your bite and understand your goals for your smile; and then see if any fundamental issues need addressing before cosmetic veneer work can begin.
- We will also discuss the type of veneers that may be suitable and also the how-many-veneers that should be considered in achieving your desired smile. On some patients, it may be possible to get some veneers placed at an initial phase and then to have the possibility of additional veneers in the future.
- We will always plan your new smile before any treatment is carried out. We aim to provide you with the most conservative and preservative dentistry.
- In order, to prevent excessive tooth preparation, we design your new smile in a way that minimises tooth preparation. We also provide options whereby you can have orthodontic or teeth straightening treatment carried out before any cosmetic veneer work is done.
- This way your teeth are already well aligned and so very minimal or hardly any tooth preparation become necessary.
- If you are concerned in any way we advise that you speak to us in your complimentary consultation. We will be able to provide you with suitable solutions. More.
Simple, transparent pricing
A few factors will affect the total cost of your cosmetic veneers:
- The type of material used – Porcelain (Ultrathin or Lumineers ) are more expensive than composite resin veneers.
- The number of veneers being applied – veneers are priced per tooth and so the more you have, the higher the cost.
- Your dental health – if you require treatment for other dental issues such as tooth decay or gum disease before veneers can be fitted then this will be included in the total cost of your dentistry work. More.
Frequently asked questions
- WHAT IS A DENTAL VENEER?
- ARE VENEERS PAINFUL?
- WHAT TYPE OF PORCELAIN VENEERS ARE THERE?
- WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO PORCELAIN?
- HOW LONG WILL TREATMENT TAKE?
- HOW MUCH DO VENEERS COST FOR YOUR TEETH?
- ARE THERE ANY COMPLICATIONS?
- IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
- HOW DO I GET THE SMILE THAT I WANT?
- WHAT IS THE MAINTENANCE THAT IS REQUIRED?
VENEER GUIDE & RESOURCES
Natural smile makeovers
Will ultrathin veneers match the colour of existing teeth?
Veneers are colour matched and then shaped to blend in with your existing teeth.
To the naked eye, the treatment can be very difficult to spot.
Improve your mouth’s condition
We use a variety of types of veneers from porcelain to composite.
One of the reasons why they are a popular choice for many is that they correct a wide range of orthodontic and oral health problems, including:
- Gappy smiles / diastema
- Teeth affected by bruxism
- Several degrees of Fluorosis
- Crooked teeth crammed together by overcrowding
- Stained or yellow teeth
Not only this, but often veneer treatments are ideal for helping conditions such as gum disease, tooth sensitivity, or jaw pain caused by bite problems.
Veneers have more than one purpose.
Not only can they improve your appearance but have the potential to better your oral health and hygiene in the following ways:
- They cosmetically enhance the shape of your teeth
- Have whiter looking teeth
- Crooked teeth the illusion of being straight
- Porcelain veneers are more resistant to stains than natural teeth
- They are a less invasive option than porcelain crowns
- Nearly impossible to tell the difference between veneers and natural teeth
- Veneers protect the underlying tooth
Your new smile in five stages
|Step 1: Comprehensive assessment|
|Step 2: The trial smile|
|Step 3: Review & shade selection|
|Step 4: The fitting appointment|
|Step 5: The final review visit|
Minimally-invasive cosmetic dentists and ceramists
An unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD.
For 25 years, patients from London and Hertfordshire have rated and recommended our cosmetic solutions.
Our highly proficient dental staff have access to the latest technologies and use innovative 3D Xrays that help them to create perfect and custom crowns.
Composite vs porcelain veneers: Which material to choose?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are adhered to the outer surface of the tooth.
Composite veneers use a resin that’s applied to the outer surface.
Typically, because porcelain veneers are made from a stronger material they last longer. Composite veneers in this case are the more affordable option.
Both treatments are custom designed to match, or brighten your teeth and improve imperfections.
No-Prep Veneers Cost
A number of factors will affect the total cost of your cosmetic veneers, however, average prices of treatment range from £980 to £1,200 per tooth.
Compare ultrathin prices with other types of veneers available:
|Composite Veneers||£600 to £750 per tooth|
|Immediate Veneers||£600 to £750 per tooth|
|Lumineers||£850 to £950 per tooth|
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