Veneers are the quickest way of achieving the smile you want. Beautifully thin sheets of porcelain or composite are bonded to the outside of teeth to change their shape, colour and alignment.
Dental veneers are the quickest way of getting the smile you want.
They often get bad press because some people have dental veneers that look false or too Hollywood. While some people crave ‘the Chelsea look’, and that can be done attractively, the look won’t suit everybody.
What most people don’t realise is that many attractive smiles they’ve seen are actually veneers – they’re the veneers you don’t see, the veneers done by cosmetic dentists who can balance tooth shape and size with facial features.
It’s important to have a dentist who will listen to the look you’re trying to create, and then recommend a dental veneer treatment for the result you want. Not all smiles are the same, and not all veneers are the same.
Veneers are beautifully thin sheets of porcelain, which are bonded to the outside of teeth to mask surface defects, discolouration and misalignments.
VIDA veneers can produce a stunning effect and look convincingly natural. To look great they must be very thin.
Porcelain is very durable but like everything we use every day, they will need maintenance or replacement especially when we want them to look their absolute best.
Composite veneers are less durable than porcelain veneers but are a really quick and affordable way of exploring veneers, and having a smile makeover for an important occasion. Porcelain veneers can always be done later once you’re convinced that veneers create the look that you’re after.
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In the past, dentists removed the healthy surface of teeth to create space for veneers.
At VIDA we can carry out this treatment without ageing your teeth.
We can also do no-drilling and no-injection dental veneers for teeth that are in a good position but just need a better shape and shade – this is a quick way of making the shape of teeth look more beautiful without increasing risks of dental problems.
Our mission is to provide affordable beauty at low risk.
For porcelain veneers you will visit VIDA at least twice during the design and fitting of your bespoke veneers.
If you want control over the process and end result, we recommend a design stage so your dentist and technician know exactly what to aim for.
Once you’re happy to start, you have a preparation visit with your dentist involving a digital scan and shade taking.
We use a highly detailed shade guide to detect the precise colour of the surrounding teeth so that your veneer blends in discreetly alongside them. We may ask you to visit our expert ceramist before finishing your veneers.
Bonding the veneers in place on your final visit can visibly change your tooth’s colour, shape, size or length in one step, so we recommend you spend a few days admiring them and getting used to them.
Always think about protection your veneers at night with a clench guard!
Before doing dental veneers we make sure to diagnose any gum disease that could lead to veneers failing prematurely – our hygiene team will help you treat these problems before investing in your smile. We won’t take your investment until we are sure your gums are ready for the treatment.
When we make your veneers we have future gum recession in mind and choose ceramics that will camouflage the join between veneer and tooth for as long as possible – not all veneers will stand the test of time and we want ours to be the best!
Smile makeovers can involve quick and affordable whitening and composite bonding, they can involve lots of veneers and tooth straightening …. and even gum work first! There is a wide range of dental treatments and options to suit all budgets and situations.
Come and discuss what you’re after and we will help you understand which techniques will help you get there. Book a Complimentary Smile Consultation to find out more.
If in any doubt at all about the look you’re after, or if you’re on a smaller budget, we recommend composite veneers as a starter.
They’ll change your look instantly and be a more affordable option than porcelain veneers which are more durable.
Many patients choose ‘dress rehearsal’ veneers before deciding to go ahead – the dentist adds temporary veneers on and you can video/photo them as you talk and smile.
You then take away the video on your smartphone and decide at home if it’s something you want to go ahead with. Your dentist will be happy to provide a fee estimate for a quick dress rehearsal.
If you have time, we recommend teeth whitening before you have veneers, so the veneers can be made to match.
If you need veneers immediately then it’s ok to not whiten and just use the veneers to lift your shade.
Just remember any teeth not veneered will remain the old shade.
If you’ve already had veneers and now want to try whitening, remember the old veneers won’t match and may need replacing.
Speak to a VIDA dentist if you’re not sure how to approach your situation – we’re happy to help!