Dental veneers are a common, relatively modern, solution to chipped, wonky and discoloured teeth. They consist of a thin cover, usually a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface which is attached to the front teeth.
Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry service, improving the aesthetic of a smile, rather than repairing damage to teeth, either through trauma or tooth decay.
Quick and Popular
Dental veneers are rather popular as they are a quick and, relative to some other dental solutions, painless and non-invasive. A skilled lab dental technician is required for fitting, building and shaping the dental veneer and this can raise costs of the procedure.
This also means that despite the procedure being relatively quick, potential buyers must wait for availability in order to book an appointment .
Not as easy as you may think
The procedure of applying dental veneers is faster than many alternative dental treatments, but this doesn’t mean that it is easy.
In order to prep the tooth for bonding to the veneer an acid (Hydrofluoric acid) is used to make the existing teeth rough, which makes them more accepting of a bonding agent to attach the veneer.
This process is sometimes called ‘acid etching’. If the teeth are not the ideal shape for attachment then enamel must sometimes be ‘trimmed’ prior to the application of the veneer .
Cheaper than alternatives?
Prices vary for fitting of dental veneers, particularly for porcelain dental veneers which cost significantly more than the composite variety (at least double generally).
Porcelain veneers can also take several more appointments during the process of having their veneers attached. The NHS doesn’t generally offer treatments surrounding dental veneers, unless considered medically necessary where more common approaches aren’t possible – usually a dental crown.
If a dental veneer is considered necessary the procedure is considered a Band 3 treatment, costing £282.20 . Private treatments can cost between £400 – £1000 for porcelain veneers .
Teeth that stay white
Considering the long term solution, dental veneers may have costs which aren’t immediately considered.
For example, if the teeth are whitened prior to the fitting of the veneer, which is common, then regular teeth whitening would be necessary to maintain the whiteness of each of the teeth.
To prevent the veneer from sticking out, especially in the case where an entire row hasn’t been replaced.
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- Mohelicki, D. and Napitu, A., 2022. Dental Veneers: Guide to Types, Procedure & Costs in the UK. [online] Dentaly.org. Available at: www.dentaly.org/en/complete-guide-to-veneers [Accessed 31 March 2022].
- nhs.uk. 2022. Understanding NHS dental charges. [online] Available at: www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/dentists/dental-costs/understanding-nhs-dental-charges/ [Accessed 31 March 2022].