• dental veneers


If you are conscious of the condition of your teeth, dental veneers are the perfect solution to issues such as discoloured, chipped or wonky teeth that hinder your brightest smile. A Veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite materials that are attached to the surface of your existing teeth to improve its appearance. The process of getting veneers fitted to your teeth is quick and painless. Veneers are gaining popularity in the UK because they are very affordable compared to other teeth restorative options.

Veneers are either porcelain or composite veneers and each of them have their advantages and limitations. We have provided you with all that you need to know about veneers; you should read further to find out how to restore your smile with veneers.

The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

Table of content

  1. What are dental veneers?
  2. Uses of veneer
  3. How veneers work
    1. The fitting process
      1. Composite
      2. Porcelain
  1. Before and after treatment with veneers
  2. Types of Veneers
    1. Pros and cons of composites
    2. Pros and disadvantages of porcelain
  1. Choosing the right brand
  2. How much are veneers?
    1. Costs of veneer in the UK
  3. Ways to save money on veneer costs
  4. Taking care of your new smile
  5. Veneers vs Crowns vs Implants

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneer originated from a French “fournir”, which means to furnish or improves the appearance of something. It helps to enhance the presentations of your teeth.   The most natural-looking and durable veneers are made from porcelain materials, but getting composite material (composite veneers) fitted on your teeth is cheaper. They cannot be used to fix decayed teeth or infected gum, but they are preferable for improving the appearance of your teeth without any underlying diseases.

The enamel of your health will be prepared before any veneer is fitted so that the teeth will not appear bigger afterwards. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of a single tooth or a more significant number of teeth, and they are made to match the existing colour, shape and size of your natural teeth.

The lifespan of veneers varies based on the type of material used. Veneers can last between 15 - 20 years, if you cared adequately for them— it is designed to be durable and natural-looking.

Uses Of Veneer

Veneers are used to correct several dental issues such as:

  • Tooth colouration

Lifestyle and habits such as smoking and consumption of drinks like coffee, wine etc. Can cause discoloured teeth — repeated doses of antibiotics can also cause stained teeth. Coating your teeth with a veneer can help to restore the natural colour of your teeth — it is designed to improve your smile without the fear of tooth sensitivity. Whitening can make your teeth to be sensitive.

The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

  • Repair Damage Caused By Bruxism

Porcelain veneers protect your enamel from damages and sensitivity caused by teeth grinding.

  • Improve Alignment

There are other treatment options such as braces that can straighten teeth, but most people prefer veneers because they are more comfortable — it can help you fix dental problems such as gap teeth, misaligned, or irregular teeth. The treatment is irreversible because the enamel is prepped during treatment.

  • Change The Shape Of Teeth

The shape and size of your natural teeth can be short and irregular. Veneers can restore the natural shape and size of your teeth.

  • Repair Chipped Teeth

Veneers can be used to correct chipped tooth, restore the original shape and size of your tooth.

How Veneers Work

Your dentist may adopt different treatment approaches based on the type of veneer used and the aim of treatment — to correct the colour of your teeth is very simple and straightforward, and it can be completed with two or three visits to the dentist.

Dental issues such as chipped and misaligned teeth are more complex to fix compared to discoloured teeth, planning and testing will be required to achieve the desired result. The dentist creates marks he or she uses to make veneers that fit your teeth best.

Porcelain veneers are costlier than composite veneers because it takes more time to produce in the lab. Composite veneers are built up and shaped by your dentist on your visit; the process only takes an hour or two to be completed. The methods for both porcelain and composite should be well understood before embarking on any of them; your dentist will talk you through the process of how your desired result will be achieved.

The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

The Fitting Process

The process of veneer treatment commences with a visit to the dentist who examines your teeth for other oral problems and gum disease — oral issues can hinder the success of your treatment. The dentist measures your teeth so that veneers can be fabricated to fit your teeth. Porcelain veneers are produced in the lab by ceramist or lab technician, but composite veneers do not require a compulsory lab production to be made.

One of the stages of fitting porcelain requires prepping of your healthy enamel so that your teeth do not appear more prominent than usual when veneers are bonded to your teeth. This process damages the healthy tooth, and they are not reversible.

Composite veneers fix your dental issues without damaging your healthy teeth; that is why many patients who still want to retain the natural structure of their teeth often consider this option. The process of prepping is usually painless since there are no nerves in the enamel, but your dentist may administer an anaesthetic if you are frightened by this process.

Your whole teeth may not be covered with veneers if you wish, but dental cleaning and whitening will be needed for the rest of your teeth. Regular teeth whitening schedule will need to be met to maintain the colour of the surrounding teeth.

  • Composite

The process of fitting composite veneers is a simple process that needs one visit to the dentist — composite material is shaped, and hardened by a unique light. These composite materials made into tooth shapes and bonded to the surface of your teeth with bonding agents. The colour of a composite can be polished to match the colour of your natural tooth.

  • Porcelain

The lab technician uses the measurement of your teeth to make the perfect shape and size of porcelain veneer for your teeth. Producing your porcelain veneers in the lab can take about three weeks.

Prepping of your healthy tooth is needed to make veneers fit perfectly to your teeth and temporaries may be given to protect your teeth from sensitivity till your permanent veneers are ready.

The dentist will schedule your next appointment once your porcelain veneers are ready. The dentist bonds the veneers to your teeth with a strong dental adhesive. The process of fitting veneers to your teeth might require anaesthetic to be administered since you will need to stay still for hours. Rubber dam can be used to separate the teeth being worked on so that moisture (saliva) will not interfere with the bonding agent.

Before and After Of Dental Veneers

Veneers are a smile makeover procedure that makes your smile astonishing. The dentist should take pictures before the process and after so that you will see the transformation in your smile. You should ask for before and after photos of previous patients so that you can see the quality of their work and to know what to expect when the treatment is completed.

The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

Types Of Veneer

As explained above, veneers are of two types which include composite and porcelain. You may want to consider the pros and cons of the two brands to know the suitable one.

  • Pros and cons of composites

Composite veneers are not as aesthetically appealing as the porcelain, but they are cheaper than porcelain veneers. They may not last as the porcelain, but they can last up to 5 years if they are well maintained —  some of the signs that composite materials need to be changed is when they are stained or chipped.

Composite veneers are referred to as temporary veneers since they do not last long and are not expensive, they can be useful as an alternative while saving up for porcelain. Prepping of healthy teeth is not needed in composite veneers, and the process can be reversed if the patient is not satisfied with the treatment. You should take the previous work of the dentist into account so that you will know exactly how the procedure will turn out.

  • Pros and cons of porcelain

The porcelain veneer is a firm type of tooth veneer that is made from porcelain or ceramic material which can last between 15 - 20 years. Zirconia porcelain veneers are effective for treating slightly damaged teeth.

The materials from which porcelain veneers are made are like your natural teeth, and they are stain-resistant. They must be well fitted so that they will last longer than expected.

The high cost of porcelain veneers is a drawback. It costs at least a double of a composite. Another disadvantage is the fact that the teeth cannot be reversed to their original state since the enamel of your healthy teeth were removed, making you subjected to a lifetime of veneers or other teeth covering.

The table below summarises the main differences between composite and porcelain veneers for treatment teeth:

  Composite Porcelain

Cost per tooth

£100 - £400

£400 – 1,000

Number of appointment

Just an appointment

Two or three appointments


Up to five years

Up to twenty years


Slightly natural but may be prone to stains

Look exactly natural, and there is no staining

Damages to existing teeth

filling and enamel removal

may be needed

Filling and enamel removal is highly needed except for Lumineers

Choosing The Right Brand

There are brands of veneer you may want to consider. They include:

  • CEREC (CEamicREConstruction)

This brand of veneers are not hand-made but are made by an advanced computer technology which cut the layers of veneers into the precisely sizes based on the scan from the patient’s mouth. This brand of veneers is more expensive than standard porcelain because the computer used for making them are costly - it does not take time to produce,so you can have the treatment completed in one visit, and they may not be as natural as the ones made in the lab.

  • Lumineers Veneers

These brands of veneers are made in thin layers that make them able to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teeth without prepping the enamel. They can last between 10 - 20 years and are very expensive. When the veneers wear out, they can be removed without any permanent damage done to the teeth - the treatment takes quite some time - about three visits to the dentist to complete the procedure.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The cost of veneers is a crucial  factor to consider before choosing this treatment option. You should choose the one you can afford and get a dentist with  experience to get them fitted for you. Your dentist is in the best position to recommend the best option for you, but you can ask for an alternative if you cannot afford what the dentist recommended. Contact Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic in London, if you need an experienced dentist to prescribe the most suitable treatment option for you. You can also call us on 020 71830755 to book an appointment.

The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

Costs Of Veneer In The UK

You can see from the table above that composite veneers cost about £100 – £400 while porcelain veneers cost about £400 – £1,000. The prices of veneer may vary depending on the problem you want to correct, the experience and skill your dentist.

Ways To Save Money On Veneer Costs

There are a lot of ways you can save money on veneer cost. Some of which include:

  • Private Insurance

Your private health insurance can write off some of your cosmetic treatments. You should check the plan you are on if it can cover for your treatment— some plans can write off some or all of the cost of treatment. You can also seek other dental financing options.

  • Considering Treatment Abroad

Poland and Hungary are two countries where most people go for treatment because they provide cheaper and more affordable health services. These countries offer high-quality medical care at prices much lower than private care in the UK, but considering this option, the cost of flight and accommodation should be put in place.

Taking Care Of Your New Smile

You may have light injuries on your gums during the procedure which might sore for some days. There may be a need for you to brush your teeth with care within the few days until the sores heals. After which you can carry out your routine oral health exercises (brushing and flossing). You need not worry about your veneers pulling out when brushing or flossing because they are firmly fitted with adhesive.

Some oral health tips your dentist will recommend to maintain your new smile include:

  • Floss every day and use a dental spray or mouthwash
  • Visit your dentist regularly for plaque removal tooth cleaning
  • Use a quality toothbrush
  • Take extra care cleaning your teeth if you take more of coffee and wine, especially composite veneers which stains easily
  • Stop smoking because tobacco causes severe staining of tooth.

You must take care of your teeth always; your oral hygiene must not be neglected if you are to maintain your new smile. This treatment option is an opportunity to take better care of your teeth; you must do so because it determines how long your veneers will last.

The above images categorise generic examples of the outcomes possible. Results can differ. The consultation will determine what is the best solution for you.

Veneers vs crowns vs implants

Veneers are useful for correcting some dental issues but may be limited if there is tooth decay or severe teeth damage. When this is the case, dental crowns or implants may be the most suitable restorative solution.

Dental issues such as broken teeth, cracked teeth or chipped enamel can be best restored through a dental crown. The crown covers the whole tooth and protects them against further damage.

When teeth are severely damaged, they may be removed and replaced with a dental implant or bridge. A dental implant is the most expensive prosthetic tooth option; it is inserted into the jaw bone, which fuses to restore the bone loss from a missing tooth.

Dental Veneers at Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic

A dental veneer is an effective treatment option for improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile. You can check the pros and cons of the different types of veneers to know the one that is suitable for you.

Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic can provide you with affordable veneer treatment in London. You can visit us at our clinic or call us on 02071830755 for enquiry and to book an appointment.

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

Veneers are actually thin and durable shells made of the materials created to match the shade of your teeth. They are attached to the outer part of your tooth in order to improve overall appearance.

If you have chipped or misaligned teeth, veneers may be a good choice as they can hide defects in your teeth. They are a great option as a smile makeover treatment.

You can eat most foods though patients may differ. It is suggested that you eat soft foods during the first few days after your veneers have been fitted till you get used to them. After that there will usually not be any kind of constraint. The common things to avoid will be hard sweets, ice, caramel apples, hard rolls, hard nuts, popcorn and pumpkin seeds.

You need to talk to a prosthodontist and talk over the possible options for your teeth. If you have minor changes, then composite bonding is a suitable choice. But if your teeth are dull or broken, then porcelain veneers are the right option.

You need to brush twice a day, floss regularly and wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers.

A veneer usually lasts for almost 5 to 10 years. You do not have to do any special care except brushing twice a day, flossing daily and seeing your dentist for the checkup. With proper care and maintenance, your veneers should last for a long time. It is advised to see the hygienist every six months and keep your dentist appointments.

Get in touch with our dentists today and start a plan to improve your overall appearance!