Veneers have become increasingly popular in the past few years. Once reserved for celebrities, veneers are now more common thanks to affordable prices with overseas dental treatment. But, what are veneers? Simply put, veneers are thin shells that are individually crafted and bonded to the front surface of your teeth to correct small aesthetic issues. Veneers are made from ceramic (porcelain) or composite resin materials, which are then bonded to your teeth via a specially formulated dental cement.
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How a veneer is placed
How a veneer is placed
Veneers Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
Veneers are suitable for people who suffer from discolouration of their teeth, whether due to fluoride exposure, prescription drugs, smoking, or root canal procedures.
Veneers may also be suitable for people who have minor cosmetic damage to their teeth which affect their appearance, chipped teeth, gradual erosion, poor alignment, or large spaces between teeth.
Initial enamel extraction takes 10–20 minutes.
Construction of a porcelain veneer may take 2–4 weeks if done locally. Abroad, veneers are constructed within 7–8 days, depending on the number needed.
Bonding of porcelain veneer to tooth takes about 1–2 hours; bonding of composite veneers takes about 40 mins to 1.5 hours.
If done locally, patients can return to the dentist for a check-up to ensure that the veneer has bonded properly; if done abroad, the patient has several fittings and a final check-up before travelling home.
You can resume normal activities immediately once bonding is complete.
Around 95% of porcelain veneers remain in place and in their original condition after 5 years. 83% remain in good condition after 15 years. The figures are slightly lower for composite veneers.
POTENTIAL RISKS & SIDE EFFECTS
Sensitivity to extremes of hot and cold due to enamel removal.
Color of veneers may not be an exact match of the patient's teeth and color can’t be changed after installation.
Veneers can detach from teeth, causing them to fall out.
Veneers can mask the progress of tooth decay, leading to the need for more treatment.
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How Much Do Veneers Cost?
The popularity of veneers has been the reason that the average cost of veneers has come down in recent years. Going abroad for treatment is also another way to save money without sacrificing quality. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to ‘how much do veneers cost?’. It depends on the number of veneers you get, the material you chose, and the clinic/dentist you pick.
Below, we've outlined starting prices for eight veneers packages at a variety of Qunomedical-approved clinics. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and they may vary depending on individual circumstances. For more detailed information on price, check out our veneers cost guide.
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How Does It Work?
Dental veneers are a treatment to restore the natural appearance of teeth. If you’ve ever spotted a celebrity with completely perfect teeth, don’t despair – it’s likely they’ve got veneers. Some people may get one or two veneers to improve their teeth’s appearance, while others may get more to create a symmetrical smile. Dental veneers aren’t typically covered by insurance or many types of public health insurance, so it’s important to know what happens during treatment before you choose a clinic or dentist.
To create veneers, a thin shell-like mould is made from composite resin or ceramic materials. This shell is then bonded to the front of the tooth via a specially formulated dental cement. The aim of veneers is to improve the physical appearance of minorly damaged or discoloured teeth.
Veneers - Abroad or at Home?
Getting dental treatment abroad has become increasingly popular. Veneers especially with prices around 60% less than in the UK or US. But, why are veneers so cheap abroad compared to at home? It isn’t a reduction in quality, it’s simple economics. Getting veneers in Turkey, a very popular destination, is more affordable due to a lower cost of living, low costs to amenities, and a larger healthcare workforce.
Qunomedical only works with vetted, qualified dentists who offer the highest quality of care. Our criteria is based on years of experience, procedures performed, and the quality of their qualifications and education.
What Does a Veneer Procedure Involve?
Veneer treatment involves several separate steps and stages. If you have veneers fitted at your local dentist, the process may take a few weeks to complete, depending on the facilities your dental office has.
However, if you choose to travel abroad for a dental veneers treatment, it can be completed in 5–10 days. The amount of time you need to be abroad can vary depending on whether a dental clinic onsite is available to produce your veneers or if an external partner dental lab will make them.
1. Dental Consultation
First, you need to send your dentist photos of your teeth so they can make sure that your teeth are suitable for the treatment. Once approved, you’ll have a first consultation with the dentist. The dentist will examine your teeth, look for signs of damage or decay, and decide whether veneers is a suitable treatment for you. If there is an underlying condition that is compromising your teeth, such as periodontal disease or clear evidence that you habitually grind or clench your teeth, the dentist may not recommend veneers. But, if your teeth are healthy or you have only cosmetic issues, the veneer construction process can then begin.
During the consultation, the dentist will discuss your wishes for how you want your veneers to look in shape and color. They’ll also advise you about what would look most natural based on their professional opinion when considering the characteristics of veneers (translucency, brightness, and color).
Regardless of whether you travel abroad or stay closer to home, Qunomedical will advise you on what dentists you can choose from and help you make the right decision for your teeth.
2. Preparation of Your Teeth
Next, the dental specialist will use precision tools to remove the outer layer of enamel from the teeth being treated. This may be done on the same day as your consultation if you’re abroad or during a second visit if staying locally.
A local anaesthetic will be used to dull the pain during this process. The width and depth of the layer will correspond approximately to the size of veneer being applied.
3. Making the Mould
Once the teeth have been prepared, the dentist will then make a mould to construct the veneers that specially fit your teeth.
The mould will then be sent to the clinic’s dental laboratory or an external lab if they do not have one onsite. The lab will use the mould to produce exact replicas of the damaged teeth. A type of ceramic (usually porcelain or laminate) is the material most often used for veneers but a composite resin will be used if you are being fitted with indirect composite veneers.
If you’re having veneers fitted locally, the production can take up to 2–4 weeks. If you’re having treatment abroad, then the veneers will be produced in a few days. You will be provided with temporary veneers to wear while your permanent veneers are being made.
For direct composite veneers, these are created directly on the treated teeth using a composite resin.
4. Bonding the Veneer
Once the permanent veneers are ready, the next step is the bonding procedure. The veneers may first need to be trimmed slightly to fit the tooth. Then, the tooth needs to be prepared for bonding. The dentist will polish the tooth, then etch it to create a suitable bonding site for the cement and the veneer. Anesthesia is usually not needed during this part of the treatment.
After that, the dental cement is applied to the teeth and the veneer is attached. The dentist will use a special focused light to “activate” the cement and tightly bond the veneer to the tooth. This process only takes a few minutes. Finally, any excess cement will be removed, leaving the veneer in place and restoring the natural appearance of your teeth.
What Types of Veneers Are There?
There are two ways that veneers can be installed. The first is called “palatal”, which means that the veneers are applied to the back of teeth. This type of veneer is more rarely used. They are used to give extra support to teeth that have deteriorated but can provide maximum possible conservation since the teeth often do not have to have any enamel removed first.
The more common type of veneer, and the ones most people are familiar with, are “frontal” or “facial” veneers, which are applied to the front of teeth, and tend to be more effective for patients who are looking to improve the cosmetic appearance of their teeth.
There are two major types of frontal veneers — porcelain and composite — with each having their own pros and cons.
Porcelain Veneers - Strong and Sturdy
Although more expensive and time-consuming, porcelain veneers have many qualities that make the inconvenience worthwhile. There’s a reason why they are the most popular type of veneers amongst the rich and famous.
Porcelain veneers usually need some extra dental work to prepare the teeth for bonding, but they have some significant benefits. They tend to reflect light more naturally, mimicking the effect of tooth enamel better. They're also stronger, can last longer than composite alternatives, and resist staining more effectively with proper care.
If having veneers fitted locally, the production of porcelain veneers can take up to 2-4 weeks, but if you are having your treatment abroad, then the veneers will be produced in a few days.
Composite Veneers - Affordable and Fast
Composite veneers are made from specially created resins and they can be created in one sitting as you wait. Composite veneers can be either direct or indirect.
Direct veneers are applied directly to your teeth by building up several layers of resin to create the new veneer. Indirect veneers also use a composite resin material but are made using a mould of your teeth and then the veneers are created outside of the mouth based on that mould — similar to how porcelain veneers are made.
For both types of composite veneers, your teeth will be etched beforehand as well as have an adhesive glue applied to help with the adhesion of the resin material. A focused light is used to harden both the composite material and the adhesive material to secure the veneer in place. The veneer will then be cleaned up and polished to its final appearance.
Composite veneers can be more convenient than porcelain alternatives, as they’re cheaper and need fewer visits to the dentist. They also tend to require less drilling and processing of your teeth.
However, they are usually less hard-wearing than porcelain veneers, and will generally have to be replaced within 5-10 years of installation. Often, they are also more susceptible to staining and do not always have a natural-looking toothlike translucency, which can compromise the cosmetic qualities of the veneer.
Additional Options: No-Prep Veneers and Same-Day Veneers
A no-prep veneer is exactly that – no prep required. It’s much thinner than a traditional veneer and does not require any tooth preparation. These veneers are applied directly to your teeth and you’re done. The most widely used brands include LUMINEERS®, Vivaneers™, and DURAthin®.
Same-day veneers: These restorations are designed to be prepared and placed on the same day. This is done thanks to CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology, where veneers are custom made directly at the dentist’s office.
Both no-prep and same-day veneers might not be the right option for every person. Your Qunomedical Patient Manager and dentist will help you choose the right one for your individual needs.
What Should I Expect After Being Fitted With Veneers?
After the procedure, it will be necessary to attend a follow-up appointment with your dentist to assess how the veneers are fitting. The dentist will examine how the veneers are interacting with your gums, and make any recommendations for dental hygiene going forward. However, further dental work should not be required.
If you are abroad, your dentist will want to do final check-ups before allowing you to travel home.
Maintaining dental veneers is generally simple. As with natural teeth, they need to be kept clean to ensure that their pristine appearance is retained for as long as possible. A non-abrasive toothpaste may be suggested to ensure that cleaning does not compromise the surface of the veneers.
In most cases, the dentist will also recommend wearing a night-guard when you sleep to protect the veneers, particularly if you grind or clench your teeth at all.
You should also expect to attend regular appointments with your local dentist. To enjoy the greatest benefit of your veneers, it is advisable to book hygienist sessions where specialists can apply non-abrasive polishes that are formulated specifically for veneers. Regular dental appointments can also flag up any concerns about the integrity of your veneers, or secondary problems resulting from their installation such as tooth decay.
You can expect an instant improvement in the cosmetic appearance of your teeth and renewed confidence as a result. However, maintaining your oral health after getting veneers is just as necessary and important as it was before.
Popular Dentists and Destinations
Travelling to have veneers abroad can give you access to some of the most experienced and renowned dentists in the industry. As previously mentioned, some of the most popular locations for this treatment include Turkey and Croatia, with high-quality facilities on offer at an affordable price.
At Qunomedical, we also give you the option to view a list of dentist profiles. This allows you to check their qualifications, experience, accreditations, and read reviews from past patients. Take, for example, Dr. Martina Karlo in Croatia who has over 17 years experience and who has performed over 14,000 dental procedures.
Why Choose Qunomedical?
Qunomedical believes in a patient first approach to healthcare. By striving to open up access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for all, we are here to help you on your treatment journey. Regardless of whether you're just looking some information, or are ready to book your veneers treatment, our team of Patient Managers are ready to help. Contact us and one of them will be in touch to get you started. We'll only ever present you with dentists who have been thoroughly and professionally vetted, so wherever you choose to go, you'll be receiving high-quality care, at a fair price.
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