Veneers are wafer thin slivers of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve the look of crooked or worn down teeth, gaps and discolourations, restoring your natural, attractive smile.
What are veneers made of?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain, a strong and hardwearing material with a translucent quality just like your own tooth enamel.
Who is suitable?
As long as you have your own teeth, you may be suitable for veneers, and a consultation will allow us to assess if this is the best treatment option to improve your smile.
What are the alternatives?
If the problem is misaligned or gappy teeth, orthodontics may be a better approach for many patients, and this will be discussed with you at your consultation. Many of our patients who wish to improve their smile combine their veneers treatment with tooth whitening to enhance the end result.
What will my new smile look like?
Your dentist will take a mould of your teeth to plan the final look and they will discuss the proposed smile with you before starting treatment. This method ensures that your smile ends up exactly as both you and your dentist envisage it.
How long does it take?
Your improved smile may take up to 6 weeks to achieve. Some of this time is spent wearing a replica of the final result so that your dentist can finetune the effect before committing to the final porcelain veneers.
Does it hurt?
We do everything we can to make your experience as pleasant and painless as possible. The process will involve using local anaesthetic to numb the teeth and gums for some stages of treatment.
How long do they last?
Research has shown that porcelain veneers usually last from 9 to 15 years, but this will depend on how well you look after your new smile.
Is it expensive?
Individual cases vary so we don't have a set price, but your dentist will give you an idea of costs. We will always give you a firm written quotation once you've had your consultation.
Find out more
For more information on porcelain veneers feel free to talk to us at Ten, or visit the websites of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.