Veneers are thin layers of material, which are applied to the teeth to make the smile look more attractive. Traditional veneers are made of porcelain or composite bonding materials.

Why have veneers?

Veneers really change the way a person looks by creating a perfect, natural looking set of teeth. Veneers are a rapid solution to lots of different dental health issues, which contribute to an unattractive looking smile. Having a healthy and attractive looking smile can change the way people feel and act and can really make a difference to their self-confidence.

Who can benefit from dental veneers?

Veneers can be used to improve most people�s smiles; however, in some cases, where there are extensive orthodontic problems, veneers may not be suitable until orthodontic treatment has been carried out. Veneers are an effective solution for people with stained, yellow teeth, chipped or damaged teeth and worn down teeth.

Which types of dental veneers are best?

Porcelain veneers are more natural looking and create a more attractive smile than composite materials; they also last longer. Composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers. Although the initial investment is higher, in the long term porcelain veneers are more beneficial because they last longer, look better and are more resistant to damage.

How long should veneers last?

Composite veneers usually last around 3 years, while porcelain veneers should last at least 10 years. The way you look after your veneers will affect how long they last; people who smoke, neglect their daily oral hygiene routine and regularly eat acidic and sugary foods and drinks will usually find that their veneers need replacing earlier.

Are dental veneers expensive?

Veneers are expensive but they produce dramatic results in a very short space of time. Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers and cost around �150 per veneer. The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the standard of the porcelain material; however, as a general guide patients should expect to pay at least �400-�500 per veneer; the highest grade of porcelain may cost up to �1500 per veneer.

Are dental veneers worth the money?

Most people are concerned about the way they look and welcome ways to make themselves look more attractive. Feeling good about the way you look can increase your levels of self-esteem and give you the confidence to try new things, meet new people and excel at work. Veneers are an investment that will make you feel and look great and therefore most patients feel that they are well worth the money.

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