Veneers in Liverpool
Dental veneers are a highly versatile way to enhance your smile with your front teeth with a smile makeover or to make small corrections to a single tooth. In essence, a veneer is a thin layer of material over the surface of your tooth, designed to correct shape, alignment or discoloured teeth.
One of the quickest and cheapest ways to get started with veneers is to think about composite.
Composite bonding is a way of creating a new visible surface to your tooth. Composite veneers can be done in a single appointment, and often don't require any injection. Bonding can be a great way to close small gaps between your teeth. This makes them one of the quickest ways to alter your smile. Because there is often no dental laboratory involved in making the veneers, this keeps costs down and often makes composite veneers the cheapest way to enhance your smile. Composite bonding is applied directly to the surface of your tooth by the dentist after they have prepared the tooth to accept this new thin layer.
Advantages of composite veneers
- one appointment
- no injection (local anaesthetic)
- easy to repair if they break
- lowest cost
Disadvantages of composite veneers
- need to be replaced more often
- can stain or discolour
- slight increased risk of failure
Porcelain veneers are made of a much stronger material than composite veneers. Dental veneers are made in a dental laboratory after the dentist has prepared your tooth and taking an impression. The laboratory will pour mould out of this impression to create something for them to work on in the laboratory. They will then manufacture the veneers on top of this model to your exact requirements, when fitted this then gives a thin layer of porcelain over your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers tend to be a little more expensive because of this.
After the dentist has prepared your teeth and taking an impression they will provide you with temporary veneers whilst laboratory makes your final porcelain veneers.
Advantages of porcelain veneers
- highly customisable
- made from a strong long-lasting material
- the best longevity
Disadvantages of porcelain veneers
- due to the longer and more complex procedure they are often more expensive
- they will require at least 2 appointments
- you will usually require an anaesthetic injection
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Veneers for crooked teeth
Porcelain veneers can work excellently for crooked teeth. This would usually only be the treatment of choice if either a single tooth is crooked or results are required rapidly. Wherever possible most dentists will prefer to maintain as much healthy tooth structure as possible and therefore use orthodontics to straighten crooked teeth.
The advantages of using veneers to straighten crooked teeth are:
- the shape of the teeth can be altered at the same time
- the colour of the teeth can be altered at the same time
- results can be far more rapid than orthodontics. Veneers give an instant result!
Affordable dental veneers
Most dental practices offer finance plans for dental veneers, this can often bring the cost down to less than the price of a cup of coffee per day.
How long do veneers last?
In a study in 2011, Beier et al reported a survival rate of 94.4% after 5 years and 93.5% after 10 years for porcelain dental veneers. The highest reason for failure was fracture of the ceramic.
Composite bonding veneers usually done last quite so long, in a retrospective study by Shiso Kubo it was noted that only 60% of resin composite restorations last to 10 years.
Problems with dental veneers
Maintaining as much tooth enamel as possible is really important. Your tooth enamel is the strongest part of your tooth and if too much is removed to make way for the veneer then the bond of the veneer to the tooth can be compromised as well is the overall strength the restoration. So long as the highest quality protocols are adhered to then there should be very few problems with dental veneers. You do however need to be careful and aware that you have veneers are one of the biggest causes of fracture is hitting them with a glass or mug whilst drinking!
Dental veneers dentist near me
If you're looking for dental veneers dentist near you been here are travel times from local areas to our practice:
- City centre Liverpool, 30 min
- Waterloo, 12 min
- Blundellsands, 10 min
- Formby, 16 min
- Bootle, 19 min