Dental veneers – what do I need to know?

Once reserved for A-list celebrities, they’re now available at Kiln Lane Dental – and it’s fair to say, they’ve become a very popular option

Looking for an easy way to revamp your smile? Veneers could be the solution. Once reserved for A-list celebrities, they’re now available at Kiln Lane Dental – and it’s fair to say, they’ve become a very popular option. Here’s everything you need to know before booking your first appointment.

What are veneers?

Dental veneers are, essentially, wafer-thin shells of porcelain. Bonded to the front surface of the tooth, they are designed to improve cosmetic appearance – whilst also providing additional strength and resilience. They’re custom-made and, depending on your needs (and what you wish to achieve), it’s possible to have either one or multiple veneers fitted at the same time.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers aren’t permanent, but they do last a very long time. In fact, as long as they have been fitted by a professional cosmetic dentist – such as Kiln Lane Dental – they can last for up to 20 years or more. It’s also vital that you take care of them properly. Annual routine check-ups are recommended and, to maximise the lifespan of your new veneers, we also recommend six-monthly hygiene visits.

Does the procedure hurt?

No – getting veneers isn’t as painful as you think. Of course, everyone’s pain threshold is different and you’re likely to experience slight discomfort whilst the veneers are being fitted. But anaesthetic can be used if necessary, and our dentists are trained to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Do porcelain veneers look unrealistic?

Absolutely not. This is a common misconception, often caused by photos of celebrities and their dazzling white teeth – but in reality, veneers are intended to re-create a natural-looking smile. They’re made bespoke to suit you. Our specialist dentists will suggest a shade of porcelain that matches the rest of your teeth and will help to create a smile that is impressive yet realistic.

man selecting a shade for his veneers

Are dental veneers right for me?

If you’d like to repair damaged teeth or improve their appearance, dental veneers are a great option. But, bear in mind, you need to have good oral health – and, during your first consultation, the dentist will conduct a thorough oral examination to make sure you’re suitable for veneers.

You also need to be fully committed to the aftercare of veneers. The procedure involves filing down a thin layer of your natural enamel and, as veneers don’t last forever, you must be prepared to both look after them properly and have them replaced in the future. If not, alternatives – such as composite bonding, Invisalign or whitening – may be a better option for you.

How much do veneers cost?

This depends on how many you wish to have fitted. It’s true, dental veneers are expensive, but they don’t necessarily have to break the bank.  We often find that patients are pleasantly surprised by the cost – especially as veneers are a long-term investment, intended to create your ‘dream’ smile.

Get in touch for veneers in St Helens

If you would like to find out more about dental veneers,  please feel free to get in touch. Our team of dentists are highly skilled and experienced in this area. They’re happy to answer your questions about veneers and can offer tailored advice on whether it’s the right dental procedure for you. Simply call us today on 01744 25776 for a chat and book a consultation at our St Helens-based clinic.