You might’ve heard the buzz about porcelain veneers and be wondering what exactly they are. In simple terms, porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain professionally crafted into shells that are perfectly bonded onto the existing teeth. The custom made shells give a very natural tooth appearance, and improve the whiteness and brightness of natural teeth.

What are porcelain veneers

A preferred dental treatment for celebrities and stars, veneers are now a popular option for anyone looking for a brighter smile. Having treated A-list celebrities at his London dental practice, Dr Joe Oliver is regarded as the best for porcelain veneers London.

And dental veneers can be a long term solution for improving the appearance of the tooth structure, too. If you have crooked teeth or a chipped tooth, this cosmetic procedure can mask broken teeth to leave a straighter and more healthy-looking smile.

Many adults in the UK are not happy with their smile or the appearance of their teeth. But with advances in cosmetic dentistry and affordable options, there’s no longer a need to live with teeth you feel the need to hide. You can benefit from a beautiful smile and better self esteem to boot.

Veneers are an enhancement for the natural teeth, and can also make them more durable since dental veneers are more resilient than natural tooth enamel. So you might enjoy things like red wine and hard foods, because porcelain veneers are more stain resistant.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers can help keep your teeth sparkly white for a long time since they’re highly stain resistant. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last 15 years on average. This is why they’re often preferred to the likes of composite veneers, which may last 3-5 years without ongoing dental treatment.

Compared to composite resin veneers, the cost of porcelain dental veneers can be significantly higher. But if you take longevity into account, porcelain veneers may actually be the better option financially in the long run. So if you’re looking at composite veneers vs porcelain veneers, it’s important to consider how often you may need to replace your dental veneers.

With over 30 years’ experience in cosmetic dentistry, Dr Oliver’s custom made veneers are exceptional, and he has patients whose veneers have lasted for more than 25 years.

Are porcelain veneers worth it?

From subtle fixes for uneven teeth to dramatic smile makeovers, porcelain veneers are considered to be the best. They’re long lasting and can significantly improve the shape of your teeth. Traditional veneers are specially crafted in a dental laboratory using a mould of your teeth, so each individual veneer is bespoke to you.

The difference with composite bonding is in the dental veneer procedure. Composite material can be applied directly to the front surface of the tooth, and sculpted directly into place. But resin composite materials can be more prone to chipping than porcelain veneers.

Are veneers painful?

Veneers are not painful and in fact can help strengthen the tooth structure. Some patients report increased sensitivity with veneers and this may be down to the tooth preparation involved in fitting the porcelain shells.

If you choose a highly competent dentist like Dr Joe Oliver who has fitted more than 40,000 dental veneers. 

Dental veneers are minimally invasive and require slight preparation to only the front surface of the tooth. A small amount of the enamel is taken from the tooth surface, so that the porcelain shells from the dental laboratory can be secured precisely.

What are the downsides to dental veneers?

The misconception around porcelain veneers is that they can make your teeth weak. In fact the opposite is thought to be true. Dental veneers not only improve the look of a person’s teeth, but they can also make them more durable.

veneers using composite resin may need to be repaired more often. While this could be considered a downside to this type of dental veneer, composite veneers can be treated without the removal of the entire veneer.

Porcelain veneers however are thought of as an irreversible procedure, and should the porcelain shell become cracked or chipped, the veneer would need to be removed entirely from the tooth and then replaced.

The best veneers London

Dental veneers can no doubt improve the appearance of your teeth. But when considering your options for dental surgery or cosmetic procedures, be sure to find a professional dental practice that offers invaluable service for your dental health, as well as improvements for your appearance.

If you require any further information about our veneer treatments in London, or would like to book a consultation with Dr Joe Oliver, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Dr Oliver has practices in London and Manchester and offers free online consultations. Call 020 4579 1354 or email to find out more.