Dental veneers are custom-made shells that fit over your existing teeth to improve their overall appearance. They can be used to mask discolouration, close gaps and repair broken or worn teeth. They are popular with patients due to their high level of resistance to permanent staining and beautiful appearance.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers comprise of a stain-resistant cover that is bonded to the front surface of the required tooth (or teeth) to help improve their cosmetic appearance. This can be done as an overall dental transformation for several teeth or to cover an individual tooth that is stained, chipped or misshapen. A thin layer of the original tooth enamel will have to be removed in order to fix the wafer-thin veneer in place.

Veneers are designed to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth and are not suitable for teeth needing to be repaired or strengthened – this is best suited to crown treatments.

What is the veneer process?

Each veneer is custom made, so we begin by taking a 3D scan of your teeth. We then work with the finest dental technicians to match the colour and create your bespoke veneers.

Here is a brief guide to the process:

  • During your initial visit your dentist will take x-rays and a 3D scan.
  • The dentist will prepare the teeth for the veneers by trimming about half a millimetre of the tooth enamel. They will then take a 3D scan that will be sent off to a lab where our specialists will use this to create the custom veneers. This will usually take around 2 weeks.
  • Once the veneers are ready, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and the surface will undergo a ‘roughening’ process to increase the adhesion of the veneer to the tooth. Using a special cement – the veneer is then attached to the tooth, followed by an ultra violet light used to harden the cement quickly.
  • A follow up appointment is often recommended 2-4 weeks after the procedure so the dentist can check the veneers and ensure they are properly placed.

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are used as a long term solution – capable of lasting anywhere from 5 to 20 years depending on the type of material used. Once fitted they require little to no maintenance.

What are the benefits of veneers?

The process of dental veneers is irreversible and therefore needs to be properly considered and planned with a professional.

Here are some examples of dental problems that might benefit from veneers:

  • Tooth discolouration
  • Mishapen teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Gaps in-between teeth
  • Misalignment
  • Chipped and damaged teeth
  • Teeth that have been damaged by bruxism (excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching)

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of dental veneers can vary depending on the type and the amount that you require.

At The Essex Smile Centre our dentists have been fitting veneers for many years and have the flair and artistic abilities to craft you a beautiful and natural looking smile.

If you would like to know more about veneers or wish to book an initial assessment with us then please contact our friendly team. We would be delighted to help answer any questions you may have and we can provide information on the individual finance plans we have available.

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    “On a visit to The Essex Smile Centre I enquired about having veneers. They explained the processes beforehand and I can categorically say that the service received before, during and after the dental work has been of an exceptional standard.

    The continuing service I have received since has also been very impressive. The Essex Smile Centre is polite, friendly and helpful in their service. I was impressed enough to enrol my children there and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” – Elaine