Veneers have revolutionised the ‘Making The Most of Yourself’ landscape. They allow you to create your very own perfect smile. Veneers can completely transform the colour, shape and alignment of the teeth that you are no longer in love with.

For the best results, we start by asking you to explain and show us what you would like to achieve with your smile. We will then help you to understand what can, and what sometimes cannot, be done to accomplish your dental goals.

This might be about creating an ultra-white, ultra-flawless model-perfect Hollywood smile. Or it might be about fixing some problem areas and creating a regular, healthy-looking smile. Usually all this can be achieved in the space of a few visits.

We have been helping our patients since dental veneers first became available and have seen many lives totally transformed by them.

Frequently asked questions

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is an ultra-thin (usually 0.5-1mm thick) shell of porcelain that is custom-made to fit perfectly over the front of your teeth. We use the analogy of a false finger nail… but made by NASA.
What are dental veneers used for?

They are used to correct teeth imperfections — crooked, stained or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth or uneven teeth. In the past, the only way to correct these imperfections was to cover the teeth with crowns. The advantage of veneers over crowns is that the teeth need less extensive shaping prior to the procedure.

Which teeth can be veneered?

Almost any tooth can be veneered, but we wouldn’t recommend placing them on heavily restored or worn teeth. Crowns are a better solution to these problems.Veneers are usually placed on teeth which can be seen when you smile — i.e. your upper front teeth. For the best cosmetic results, veneers are normally placed symmetrically in pairs of 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10.

What are the advantages of dental veneers?

Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Much less preparation of the tooth is needed because they are very thin and are held in place by a special strong bond.

What are they made of?

Veneers are made of a very thin layer of porcelain (usually 0.5-1mm thick) which is custom made in a dental laboratory to fit each individual tooth.You decide on the colour and the shape of the porcelain with professional direction and advice from us. This is done at the treatment-planning stage.

What the process of getting veneers?

The first stage is for you to explain what you like and don’t like about your teeth and what your expectations are. We will be able to explain the treatment options open to you and advise you whether there is a particular route that is better suited to you. We will then develop a fully-itemised treatment plan for you.

Once you are happy to proceed, there are 2 stages:

1. Preparation: We re-contour the front or visible part of the tooth to allow room for the veneer to be placed. The amount of tooth removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted.
A local anaesthetic may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort. (To reassure you, we will always apply a local anaesthetic gel to your gums before numbing you. We do have the WAND, which is a pain-free delivery of anaesthetic. We’ll be happy to explain it to you.)

Once the tooth has been re-contoured, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the laboratory where the veneers are custom made to fit your teeth perfectly. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.
We then place temporary veneers.

2. Cementation: Usually this appointment is about 10-14 days after the preparation. We place the veneers on the teeth and check the fit and appearance. If we are both happy with the outcome, then each veneer is bonded very strongly onto the tooth. The bond will be at about 90% strength when you leave the surgery and will be at full strength within a few hours.
Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted.

What happens once the veneers are fitted?

We have had many patients whose lives have been transformed by veneers but it can take a few days for the veneers to feel normal. We may ask you to come back a week or so later, to check and polish them and to make sure that you are happy.

How long will they last?

How well you look after them will determine how long they last.

If well-maintained, veneers should last for many years, after which time they may need replacing due to normal wear and tear. They can chip or break, just as your own teeth can. Small chips can be repaired or a new veneer fitted if necessary.

How much do they cost?

There are several grades of porcelain available and it is this that largely determines the price. We will explain the different materials, their relative strengths and costs. Our initial consultation is free and we’ll be able to give you a clearly costed treatment plan then.

Typically veneers cost from £500 per tooth.

What safety measures do you take?

Health and safety and the prevention of cross-contamination are vitally important to us. And to keep us as the forefront of dentistry, we consider our professional development to be paramount.

X-rays

We use digital x-rays which deliver about 90% less radiation dosage than a standard x-ray.
We have 2 separate radiography rooms which are fully lead-lined and radiation protected.

Cross-infection

We have a seamless floor from reception door onwards.It’s made with a poured resin which means that there are no seams or cracks for dirt to collect in. And all our instruments are sterilised and stored in sealed bags. We have a sterilisation room and the instruments are sent to and from the surgeries in vacuum-wrapped, colour-coded sterile trays. Our disposable instruments are thrown away after use. We always wear disposable gloves when working and we obviously wear new ones for each patient

Barrier protection

We cover surfaces that are touched by the dentist (e.g. handles, buttons in the surgery) in thick selotape-like plastic. This forms a further barrier against germs. These are removed after each patient and then the area underneath is cleaned using sterilising wipes and sprays.

Mercury

All of the dental units have mercury separators and we use high-volume aspiration so that mercury is removed safely. We can reassure you that there can be no mercury leaks.

Amalgam free

We do not place amalgam (mercury) fillings.

Immunisation

Our dentists, nurses and hygienist are immunised against Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis (TB), Tetanus, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria, Rubella, Mumps and Varicella. This helps to protect both team members and patients from these diseases.

Professional education

We pride ourselves on our commitment to professional development. All members of the team regularly attend seminars and conferences to stay abreast of the latest thinking. We are registered with the General Dental Council for continuing professional development and Andrew, Janet and Andre, between them, are active members of the relevant dental professional bodies — British Dental Association, Dental Society of London, British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Association of Dental Implantology and the New Zealand Dental Society in London.
 Hayley is an active member of the Dental Hygienist & Therapists Association and the Dental Therapy Association. Farah, our Orthodontist, teaches three days a week and is at the very forefront of new thinking.

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What about payment options?

We offer 0% finance loans, subject to the usual terms and conditions and status requirements. We also offer corporate and personal dental schemes and we are happy to accept personal insurance. E.g. Denplan or BUPA. Please click here for more information.

What do I do next?

Our initial consultation is free and we can give you professional advice as to whether you’d be suitable. Most people are. If you’d like to book an appointment, you can call us on 020 7638 7100, or email us on bite@dentistry100.co.uk.

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  • Price transparency is an important principle to us. We’ll explain dental costs to you openly and give you an itemised dental treatment plan.
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