Frequently Asked Questions
What are veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells usually made from porcelain, these are permanently cemented onto the front surface of a tooth to provide as a way to improve the appearance. In order to place a veneer a tooth must first be prepared which involves removing some tooth surface to make room for the veneer.
Who can have veneers?
Veneers are a great solution for improving the appearance of your smile and they work for the vast majority of people however this treatment is not for everyone. In order to have veneers you must have a very healthy mouth with excellent gum health and oral hygiene. In some cases previous restorative treatments such as large fillings and crowns may mean a tooth cannot be veneered.
Are veneers dangerous?
When done correctly veneers are a very safe treatment option. Like with any restorative procedure there are certain risks. In order to veneer a tooth it must first be prepared which means removing a certain amount of tooth surface, this is an irreversible process and should not be done lightly. In many cases less invasive options such as align, bleach and bond may be more appropriate. In some cases preparing teeth for veneers may result in the need for root canal treatment.
How long will veneers last?
If done properly and with the right level of aftercare and maintenance, veneers should last between 10-15 years. There are a number of factors that will impact on the longevity of your treatment such as the way your teeth bite together and how healthy you keep your mouth.
How much do veneers cost?
Like with any treatment the cost will be influenced by a number of factors that are specific to your individual needs. When considering any type of complex dental treatment it is important to have a full assessment and diagnostic planning with a dentist to ensure that all the bases are covered and you are provided with a full and detailed treatment plan which will outline all potential costs. At SmileKind we offer a variety of flexible payment options to help make treatment more accessible and affordable.
What are the alternatives?
Veneers are an invasive treatment option requiring irreversible treatment to your teeth, in some cases this is the best option to achieve a certain outcome but often alternatives are available. Align, bleach and bond is a combination of cosmetic treatments to achieve a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your smile. This includes the use of clear aligners to gently move teeth into a more ideal position, whitening treatments to improve the colour of teeth and finally composite bonding which involves using a white filling material to artistically reshape the contours of a tooth, the result is a straighter, whiter and more uniform smile. Inevitably this approach takes longer and requires many more visits but is much less invasive and results in minimal permanent damage to the natural teeth.