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Are dental veneers a quick alternative to orthodontic treatment?

For many patients dental veneers seem like an attractive option, allowing them to achieve a perfect smile in a matter of weeks, sometimes even days. And with a number of famous faces instantly transforming their smiles with the help of veneers, it’s very tempting to follow suit. But are dental veneers right for everyone? We explore some of the pros and cons…

What are dental veneers?

A dental veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain which attaches to the front surface of the tooth, disguising any imperfections underneath.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

  • Dental veneers can improve not only the position of your teeth, but also their shape and colour.
  • Dental veneers can usually be fitted within two visits to your dentist.
  • Porcelain veneers do not change colour over time and are stain resistant.
  • Dental veneers can be very natural looking.

What are the disadvantages of dental veneers?

  • Sometimes, for dental veneers to fit correctly, it is necessary to remove some of the tooth’s enamel to compensate for the thickness of the veneer. This is not reversible and you will be committed to wearing veneers for the rest of your life.
  • If your teeth are quite crowded the veneers may need to be quite thick and bulky to bring everything into line. Some patients find this irritating, and they can be more difficult to clean and maintain.
  • Dental veneers are unlikely to last a lifetime and will need to be repaired or replaced periodically (approximately every ten years). As your gums naturally recede, you may begin to notice a gap between your gum line and the top of the veneer.
  • Dental veneers can be expensive, with prices starting at around £400 per tooth.

Are dental veneers right for me?

When considering any kind of cosmetic procedure, it’s always advisable to do your research. Many dental clinics offer free consultations; so you can explore your options with no obligation.

Whilst dental veneers could be a good option if your teeth are chipped, broken or discoloured, if it’s simply the position of your teeth that you’re not happy with, orthodontics could provide a less destructive alternative.

Although orthodontic treatment isn’t a quick-fix, we think a natural smile that is all yours is worth the wait. And the newest braces such as Invisalign clear aligners and Incognito lingual braces are so discreet that you needn’t let the thought of metal train tracks put you off.

To find out if orthodontic treatment is right for you, book a free no-obligation consultation with one of our friendly specialist orthodontists.

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