Cosmetic Dentistry in London
Dental Veneers are increasingly become a popular cosmetic dentistry treatment used frequently to improve the appearance of your visible front teeth. Dental veneers are small shells made of tooth coloured porcelain or ceramic material; they cover the visible front surface of the teeth to change the size, colour and shape of the teeth. Dental veneers have two types primarily – porcelain veneers and composite veneers. A porcelain veneer, as the name eludes to, is made of a porcelain shell, whereas composite veneers are made from composite resin material. Each type of veneer has their own advantages and disadvantages; we have listed the most important ones in another article in our dental blog. In this article, we specifically provide patients more information on how long porcelain veneers last, especially when the procedure is undertaken by experienced cosmetic dentists in the London area.
Porcelain Veneers – How Long Do They Last
How long does a porcelain veneer last?
A porcelain veneer is a tooth coloured shell of porcelain bonded to the front surface of the teeth. It requires a degree of tooth preparation; however, with latest advances in porcelain dental technology, the level of preparation can now be kept to a minimum. They usually take two visits to apply and are typically based on a waxed or digital design.
Porcelain veneers produce excellent, natural looking results. They are much more sturdy and resistant to wear and tear as compared to composite veneers. Composite veneers are more prone to staining, chipping and discolouration as compared to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are therefore more durable in comparison. However, on the down side, porcelain veneers take longer to prepare than composite veneers and are usually more costly as well. If they are looked after well, porcelain veneers can last 10 years. They can sometimes chip if you bite down on hard foot items or objects, for example, pencils and pens or ice cubes. Porcelain veneers are difficult to repair and usually need to be replaced. With good care, porcelain veneers last a long time, providing you with durable, long lasting perfect teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Cost
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Cosmetic dentistry treatments, especially porcelain and composite veneers, are no longer as expensive as they once were – they no longer cost thousands of pounds. Veneers, especially porcelain veneers have become more affordable lately, costing a lot less as compared to even a decade ago. This is as a result of advances in porcelain technology and dental procedures. New dental tools and systems are now available to most cosmetic dentists to help speed up the time it takes to complete the cosmetic procedure. As a result of this, cosmetic dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers, have significantly come down in cost. At Whites Dental, porcelain veneers can cost as little as £600 per tooth to help reshape that odd tooth or make a complete smile makeover for that big day such as a wedding. The cost of the veneer can increase as the complexity of the change increases; larger changes to the shape and size of the teeth often lead to an increase in the cost of the veneers. Porcelain veneer typically are more costly as compared to composite veneers, given porcelain veneers take longer to make and fix. The cost of porcelain veneers in London typically starts from £600 per tooth, often rising to £800 or £900 per tooth for more complex cases.
The cost of porcelain veneers depends mostly on three factors. The first factor is the complexity of the cosmetic change you want to make to your teeth. If you are looking to make major changes to the appearance of your teeth (for example, if you want to make large changes to the shape and size of individual or multiple teeth), the cosmetic dentist will take longer to make the change. As a result, this will likely lead to higher cost for the veneer (s). The second major factor affecting the cost of veneers is the type of veneer you choose to use. Porcelain veneers usually cost more as compared to porcelain veneers. If you opt to make veneers for more than one tooth, the total cost of the treatment will go up as well. The third major factor affecting the cost of veneers and related cosmetic dentistry procedures is the cosmetic dentist that you choose to have your treatment with.
Cost structure for cosmetic dentistry treatments such as porcelain veneers and composite bonding is vastly different for every cosmetic dentist. The cost structure usually depends on what type of cosmetic dentistry the dentist focuses on.
Some cosmetic dentists, for example, focus specifically on porcelain veneers, doing a large number of treatments using porcelain veneers; these dentists are often able to offer larger discounts or lower costs to patients as a result of this. Other cosmetic dentists can focus on other cosmetic procedures, such as composite treatments including composite veneers and composite bonding; these cosmetic dentists are able to often offer composite veneers and composite bonding procedures at lower costs to their patients. It is helpful therefore to ascertain what sort of cosmetic dentistry procedure a cosmetic dentist focuses on and try to take up that cosmetic procedure from the dentist. By taking these simple steps, you can obtain better cost and prices for many cosmetic dentistry treatments include porcelain veneers and related treatments such as composite bonding and composite veneers.
At Whites Dental, our cosmetic dentists are some of the leading cosmetic dentists in London. Our cosmetic dentists are very experienced and highly knowledgeable on a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments such as porcelain veneers, composite bonding and composite veneers. We have provided our porcelain veneer costs in the cost table listed below.
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At Whites Dental, we have some of London’s leading cosmetic dentists, providing porcelain veneers, composite veneers and composite bonding treatments to our patients around us in London Bridge, London Waterloo, Central London, Southwark and Elephant and Castle. This web page provides our patients information on how long porcelain veneers last. We are located in London Waterloo, across the street / road from Southwark Tube and very close to London Waterloo station. We are a 7 to 8 minutes’ walking distance from Elephant and Castle station, Borough High Street, London Bridge and a 5 to 6 minutes’ walk from Blackfriars and Southbank.