Veneers are one of the most popular solutions for achieving supermodel-level smiles these days. Typically made from porcelain or composite resin, a veneer is simply a thin shell-like layer bonded over the tooth to restore a smooth surface with even colouring.
However, being a cosmetic dental treatment, you can’t get veneers on the NHS unless there’s a medical reason for needing them. This means that the cost of private dental care can put some people off from getting veneers, even if this treatment would help to restore their smile.
Here at Finsbury Dental Care, the price of our veneers starts from £780. To help you decide whether this investment would be worth it for you, here’s what you need to know about paying for veneers.
What makes dental veneers worth it?
When it comes to correcting minor dental imperfections, veneers are an ideal solution. Whether your teeth are severely discoloured, irregularly shaped, or slightly chipped, veneers can help to give you a straighter, whiter, and more symmetrical smile.
Applying veneers is a fairly simple procedure with minimal discomfort, rewarding you with a brand-new smile in just one or two visits to your dentist. Here are some of the major benefits of veneers that we believe make them worth the cost:
When crafted and applied by trained professionals like ourselves at Finsbury Dental Care, dental veneers are designed to last for as long as possible.
The longevity of veneers depends on factors such as the material you choose and how well you take care of them. Typically, porcelain veneers last for up to 15 years, while less expensive composite veneers last around 7 years.
Veneers don’t require any extra special care, but you do need to maintain good oral hygiene – including brushing twice a day and flossing regularly – to ensure that the natural teeth below don’t develop tooth decay that can compromise the veneer.
Whether you opt for porcelain or composite veneers, your dentist will carefully match their colour to the shade of your natural teeth. This way, the veneers blend in with the rest of your teeth and look completely natural, too.
Composite veneers use a dental resin applied in layers directly to the tooth, while porcelain veneers are created separately using an impression of your teeth before being bonded to their surface. Your dentist skillfully moulds or positions your veneers to achieve the desired look.
Veneers can feature the subtle ridges that natural teeth do and are polished to a gentle shine, enhancing their organic appearance. Being highly stain-resistant, veneers will also maintain their exact look for a long time.
While a thin layer of the outer enamel is shaved to create room for the veneer and give it a better surface to adhere to, your natural tooth will remain as strong as ever beneath the veneer. You should be able to bite and chew as normal soon after they’re applied.
Since dental veneers are bonded directly to the tooth surface, they are about as strong as your natural teeth. That said, biting very hard foods directly can cause veneers to crack or chip, just as your natural teeth can if you aren’t careful.
This means that while your veneers allow you to eat normally, you should avoid biting firm foods directly with teeth that have veneers – such as apples, carrots, or meat with bones. As veneers are usually applied to the front eight teeth, it’s better to chew firm foods with your back teeth.
Most people who get veneers choose to do so because of a minor cosmetic issue that’s having a negative effect on their self-esteem. After all, if your teeth don’t look the way you think they should, it can be difficult to smile or enjoy yourself when socialising.
Veneers are a straightforward and fast way of covering up minor imperfections in teeth that are visible at the front of your mouth. Whether it’s a single damaged tooth, a noticeable gap between teeth, or irreversible staining, veneers can help.
They don’t just disguise the issue but also help to keep your teeth in the best possible condition while doing so. Once veneers have been applied, many people feel a huge difference in their confidence levels, as they can now show off their flawless smiles without feeling self-conscious.
If you’re looking for a more minimal change we also offer composite bonding in London to cover chips or gaps on fewer teeth.
Are dental veneers right for you?
Dental veneers are an excellent investment, but they may not be right for everyone. Before committing to veneers, you have to bear in mind that it’s irreversible – meaning that once you have your teeth prepped for veneers, you can’t go back to just using your natural teeth.
Therefore, you’ll have to keep wearing veneers for as long as your natural teeth underneath last. Since dental veneers typically last between 7 and 15 years, this also means that you’ll have to be prepared to invest in replacement veneers when the time comes.
As the veneer material won’t change colour the way natural teeth can over time, the colour of your teeth can become inconsistent if you have habits that can cause staining – such as smoking, or consuming food or drink like coffee, wine, or curries.
Additionally, you may have to be more careful about your eating habits to favour the teeth with veneers. This means avoiding sticky or hard foods (including ice cubes), and not using your teeth as tools to open things or chew your nails.
If you struggle with any of these habits or have a history of dental problems, then veneers are probably not the best choice. Your dentist will assess the condition of your teeth at an initial consultation to determine whether you’re a viable candidate for veneers – and if you have weakened enamel or gum disease, you may not be.
However, if none of these issues is a concern for you – or you’re willing to improve your dental hygiene and bad oral habits for the sake of a better smile – then dental veneers could definitely be the right option for you.
How much do dental veneers in London cost?
All of the benefits of dental veneers might sound amazing – but what about the price? As with any type of private dental work, the cost of veneers can vary depending on factors such as the type of veneer, the condition of your teeth, and the location of your dental practice.
The current state of your teeth and oral health are important in determining the cost of veneers, as other treatments may be required first to get your teeth in the best condition for veneers. For example, if you’re dealing with gum disease or tooth decay, or if your teeth are misaligned, this will need to be addressed before veneers can be applied safely and successfully.
You might worry that the cost of veneers in London is out of your budget, but we aim to make our services as affordable as possible at Finsbury Dental Care. That’s why we offer dental financing options, allowing patients to spread the cost of their veneers with monthly repayments.
Contact Finsbury Dental Care for veneers in London
Ready to invest in a confident smile? Then get in touch with the highly experienced team at Finsbury Dental Care, who can talk you through your options for veneers in London and help you to choose the right treatment for your individual needs.
Give us a call on 020 7638 6556 or email us at [email protected] to arrange a consultation at our private clinic near Finsbury Circus. With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, one of our dental professionals will sit down with you to discuss veneers and payment plans.
You’ll be under no obligation to continue if you decide that veneers aren’t right for you after all, but if you do choose Finsbury Dental Care to provide your veneers, you can be sure that you’ll be receiving the best possible treatment at all times.