Dental veneers can restore the natural appearance of teeth. Veneers are thin shells that are individually crafted and bonded to the front surface of your teeth. They’re typically made from ceramic (porcelain) or composite resin materials. These are then bonded to your teeth via specially formulated dental cement.
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.
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Veneers Quick Details
WHO IS THIS FOR
People who suffer from discolouration of their teeth.
People who have minor cosmetic damage to their teeth.
Including chipped teeth, gradual erosion, poor alignment, or large spaces between teeth.
Enamel extraction takes 10-20 minutes.
Construction may take 2-4 weeks if done locally. Abroad, veneers are constructed within 7-8 days.
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, 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.
Normal activities can be resumed immediately once bonding is complete.
Around 95% of porcelain veneers remain in place and in their original condition after five years and survival rates over 10 years are around 93.5%.
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 increased significantly in recent years. Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer to “how much do veneers cost?”
Veneer prices can vary based on:
How many veneers you have fitted.
The material you choose.
Whether you decide to have veneers fitted in the UK or abroad.
The specific clinic and dentist that you choose.
Below, we've outlined starting prices for eight porcelain veneers packages at a variety of Qunomedical-approved clinics. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and they may vary depending on individual circumstances.
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How Do Veneers Work?
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 the NHS, so it’s important to know what happens during treatment before you choose a clinic or dentist.
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.
1. Dental Consultation
First, you need to send x-rays of your teeth so your dentist can make sure that your teeth are suitable for the treatment. Once approved, you’ll have the first consultation with your dentist. Your dentist will examine your teeth, look for signs of damage or decay, and discuss what the translucency, brightness, and colour of your veneers will be.
2. Preparation of Your Teeth
Precision tools are used to remove the outer layer of enamel from the teeth being treated. This process is known as ‘shaving down’ and it’s important to know that your dentist will only shave down enough enamel so that your veneers don’t look bulky once they’re fitted.
3. Making the Mould
Once the teeth have been prepared, your dentist will then make a mould to construct the veneers that specially fit your teeth. The mould will then be sent to a dental laboratory which will use it to produce exact replicas of the damaged teeth.
If you’re having veneers fitted locally, the production can take around 2-4 weeks. If you’re having treatment abroad, it can be completed in 5-7 days. But, 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.
While you wait for your veneers, you’ll be provided with temporary ones to wear while the permanent veneers are being made.
4. Bonding the Veneer
Once the permanent veneers are ready, the next step is the bonding procedure. The teeth are polished and then etched to create a suitable bonding site for the cement and the veneer.
After that, the dental cement is applied to the teeth and the veneer is attached. The dentist will use a special focused light to 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 major types of veneers. Frontal — when the veneers are applied to the front of teeth — and palatal — when they’re applied to the back of teeth. Frontal veneers are the most common type and can be made from either porcelain or composite, each of which come with 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.
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.
Composite Veneers - Affordable and Fast
Composite veneers can be more convenient than porcelain alternatives, as they’re cheaper and need fewer visits to the dentist. They can be created in one sitting as you wait and require less drilling and processing of your teeth.
However, composite veneers are usually less hard-wearing than porcelain veneers, and will generally have to be replaced within five years of installation. Often, they’re also more susceptible to staining and don’t always have a natural-looking toothlike translucency, which can compromise their cosmetic qualities.
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 doesn’t require any tooth preparation. The most widely used brands include LUMINEERS®, Vivaneers™, and DURAthin®.
Same-day veneers are designed to be prepared and placed on the same day.
What Are the Benefits of Getting Veneers?
Veneers can significantly improve the appearance of damaged or discoloured teeth. They’re a long-lasting treatment that are able to give your teeth a revamped and natural-looking appearance.
One of the biggest benefits of veneers is their versatility. They’re able to correct many different dental problems. The most common issues that veneers are used to tackle are:
Chipped or broken teeth
Teeth that are out of alignment or have gaps
Unusually shaped or sized teeth
Another great benefit is that you have a choice when it comes to choosing their colour, allowing you to select one that suits the rest of your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers also have the same light reflecting qualities of natural teeth which helps to ensure that your veneers won’t look fake or unnatural.
Veneers offer a long-lasting solution to cosmetic dental issues. Those made from porcelain are especially durable, and are stain resistant which — combined with good oral hygiene — allows them to last years before needing to be replaced. When compared with dental crowns for example, veneers offer similar levels of durability but are much less invasive as only a small amount of enamel is shaved down to fit them.
Veneers: At Home or Abroad?
Getting dental treatment abroad has become increasingly popular. There are a few important reasons behind this surge in popularity over recent years.
Patients travel abroad to have veneers fitted because:
Veneers cost around 50-70% less abroad than they do in the UK
Some of the most renowned and experienced dentists are based abroad
Dental clinics overseas are equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure
The standards of care offered abroad match — and often exceed — those offered at home
Despite the increase in popularity of travelling to get veneers abroad, there are a few common questions that patients ask before booking their treatment.
1. How Long Will I Need to Be Abroad For?
2. What Happens if I Have Questions When I Get Home? Can I Still Contact My Dentist Abroad?
3. Will I Need to Travel Back to My Dentist for Further Work in the Future?
How Do I Take Care of My Veneers After They've Been Fitted?
After your treatment, you’ll need to attend a final check-up 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.
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. There are also some important points to bear in mind that can help to ensure that your veneers last as long as possible.
Use a non-abrasive toothpaste to help to ensure that cleaning doesn’t compromise the surface of the veneers.
Wear a nightguard when you sleep to protect the veneers, especially if you grind or clench your teeth at night.
Attend regular appointments with your local dentist.
Book hygienist sessions where specialists can apply non-abrasive polishes that are formulated specifically for veneers.
Avoid chewing on hard objects and take care when it comes to hard foods. Try to chew these using only your back teeth.
Wear a mouthguard when playing sports to give your veneers some protection.
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. Dr. Martina Karlo in Croatia for example, has over 17 years of experience and 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’re here to help you throughout every step of your treatment journey.
✔ 100% free, non-binding assessment: Regardless of whether you're just looking for some information, or are ready to book your veneers treatment, we offer a 100% free, non-binding assessment to every patient.
✔ Best price guarantee: We’ve done the legwork to find a combination of high-quality doctors who offer affordable treatment. If you find the same treatment at the same clinic offered cheaper somewhere else, we’ll match the price.
✔ Professionally vetted dentists: Our proprietary scoring system, Qunoscore, assesses doctors on over 20 data points, including qualifications, experience, accreditations, services offered, and reviews from past patients.
✔ 100% satisfaction guarantee: We aim to go above and beyond to ensure that you receive excellent treatment. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee is testament to this. If you don’t get the results promised from your veneers treatment, then we’ll pay for a second treatment or give you your money back.
✔ All-inclusive packages: Many high-quality dental clinics abroad offer all-inclusive treatment packages — covering things like accommodation, airport shuttle services, and transfers to and from the clinic — to ensure that your treatment journey runs as smoothly as possible.
Looking for a real and genuine insight into what it's like to travel abroad to get veneers? Check out the video below where Ruba talks about her journey of booking through Qunomedical and travelling abroad for treatment.
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