Veneers describe the cosmetic dentistry treatment that involves a wafer-thin porcelain cap that is bonded permanently to your tooth to hide the original colour, shape or position.
‘UK survey says 43% of respondents want whitening, veneers or straighter teeth… The survey showed 40% of Brits are considering a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the next 12 months’. – Dentistry
Resident expert London cosmetic dentist, Dr. Paul Abrahams shares his first-hand tips so that you can fully understand the process, experience and facts about the procedure before jumping in.
1. It matters what dentist you pick
Veneers can be expensive. That’s why many people try to cut costs by going abroad or not going to the best of the best.
Because this procedure is permanent and will affect the overall look of your face and mouth, it’s important to understand that choosing the right cosmetic dentist is crucial to see if you like their style and approach.
Take a look at their before & afters to see the consistency of their work.
2. Veneers are an option
A lot of people are looking to get veneers to achieve that Hollywood smile they see on celebrities and look purely to enhance their appearance.
However, Dr. Abraham’s usual patients consist of people looking to fix certain areas and problems.
Veneers are used to treat and provide solutions for a lot of cosmetic issues and problems.
3. Each smile is unique
You may have seen a smile you like that you’ve seen on a celebrity – but it’s important to bear in mind what might work for that celebrity might not work for you.
Veneers are specially designed for you using smile design software. This is to ensure that your new teeth will fit your face and look natural.
What might work for Victoria Beckham’s face essentially might not work for yours.
4. Not all your teeth need veneers
Sometimes, you can have problems with just your front teeth whilst your other back teeth might be perfect, straight and have no issues.
Therefore, it is easy and more advisable for the dentist to fix the areas that need fixing rather than correct the entire mouth.
Veneers can be easily matched and blended with your other teeth and can be used to replace discoloured and oddly shaped teeth.
5. Get the colour right
“In my experience, people want their teeth to look white and bright, but your teeth are naturally a yellow/grey-white colour therefore, it can look unnatural by opting for white-white.”
The trick to making your veneers look natural and by choosing the right colour is to go off your skin tone, which helps us make the right decision.
The colour is tested with the temporary veneers so that the patient will be able to test out what the final product will look like.
6. The truth: are veneers painful?
Your gums are definitely going to be sore afterward.
This is because they are going through a healing process as they reform themselves around your new teeth.
On top of this, most patients experience bonding sensitivity, which means your teeth react to the bonding cement that keeps your veneers fixed in place.
Once the anesthesia wears off, there is a chance that you might experience at least six hours of discomfort. This is true for 50% of patients.
7. Don’t grind your teeth
If you grind your teeth or clench them then you will be slowing down the healing process and might experience more discomfort.
Try to be gentle with your new set of veneers and the more you do this, expert dentist; Dr. Abrahams promises they will feel exactly like your natural set.
8. Veneers are an investment
Depending on where you live, veneers can cost you anywhere from £2,000 to £4,000 per veneer.
Paying all of this at once can be quite daunting – it’s worth asking your dentist if they offer any financing plans rather than spending all in one go.
Considering improving your smile? We’ve seen time and time again how it’s bettered our patient’s lives and confidence.
Dr Paul Abrahams is the principal dentist at SmileMore and has worked in North London for 21 years providing general and cosmetic dental care.
Dr Paul Abrahams heads up the SmileMore Dental Care team. He qualified at Guys Dental Hospital in 1989, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry since.