Having a healthy smile and maintaining a good oral hygiene are two of the most important considerations for anyone. However, in some cases, maintaining a healthy and full smile is out of our control. For instance, you may have a cracked or chipped tooth, or a gap between your teeth that is impacting your self-confidence.
Maybe you had an accident and your teeth were damaged? For some people this might not be an issue, but if you are dreaming of a Hollywood smile, with perfectly aligned and bright teeth, then Berkeley Clinic Glasgow can offer a solution.
Specialising in dental treatments and providing cosmetic dentistry in Glasgow, we have a team of professional and experienced dentists who can help you achieve the perfect smile.
One of the most popular services we offer for improving the look and strength of your smile is dental veneers in Glasgow. Read this blog to find out more about dental veneers, including different types of veneers, benefits of veneers and the cost of dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers is a term used in cosmetic dentistry referring to a layer of specifically designed material placed over a tooth. They have two major applications: to improve the aesthetics of a tooth and to protect it from damage. Some examples of applications include aligning crooked or crowded teeth, lightening the colour of teeth or closing gaps between them. The dental veneers are custom made to fit perfectly with the tooth they are applied to.
What types of veneers exist?
Two main types of dental veneers exist, depending on the material from which they are fabricated: ceramic and porcelain veneers.
The ceramic veneers have become popular as a result of their colour stability, mechanical properties, biocompatibility and good aesthetic outcomes. They are fabricated by a dental technician in a dentistry lab and then fitted in a dental clinic. They are applied in cases where there is enough of the core dental structure remaining and have a high success rate.
Porcelain veneers are also indirectly fabricated. They are very thin, custom-made shells, with a colour matching the natural tooth colour and are designed to improve the appearance of the teeth by covering their frond surface. They are extremely flexible in their applications and can alter the colour, size, length and shape of a tooth as desired by the patient and the dentist. The case when these are applied to all teeth is called a full veneer crown.
What are the alternatives to ceramic and porcelain veneers?
There are three main alternative options to porcelain and ceramic veneers – a crown, a composite filling or non-permanent dental veneers. The composite filling can be placed directly in the mouth or in other words build-up in the mouth by a dentist. Alternatively, it could be fabricated by a dental technician in a lab and later bonded to the tooth using resin cement. It should be noted that composite fillings can stain and generally wear out with time.
The second alternative is a dental crown. It can help strengthen the teeth and is especially useful in the case of root canal treatment, or broke and decaying tooth, where it can provide extra protection and repair for the tooth.
Another alternative are the non-permanent dental veneers. These are moulded to existing teeth and are made from a flexible resin material. They are removable and flexible and could be an alternative to permanent dental veneers.
Compared to composite fillings, dental crowns and non-permanent dental veneers, dental veneers can be considered a long term solution. They are more resilient, have a lower failure rate and generally offer more flexibility in achieving aesthetically pleasing solutions.
What are the benefits of having dental veneers?
At Berkeley Clinic dental veneers are one of the most important tool we use in cosmetic dentistry in Glasgow. This is a result of the numerous benefits they offer.
First of all, they have great flexibility and can be applied to a single tooth or many teeth to create a total makeover of your smile. They are ideal for closing spaces between teeth or correcting malposition of teeth, as well as lengthening teeth that have been worn away or whose edges have been damaged. With a range of colour shades available dental veneers look natural and can match the natural colour of your teeth, allowing extra flexibility in creating the perfect smile.
They are a great solution for people with worn teeth, or aging patients who are looking for a way to look younger, healthier and happier.
You can also choose to include dental veneers as part of your full smile makeover, where we will use multiple treatments to fix a series of issues, leaving you with a beautiful and healthy smile that will last for many years to come.
How to get dental veneers?
The process of getting dental veneers usually takes up to two weeks. The fitting is done over two visits to the dental clinic. First steps involve getting a dental impression of the patient’s teeth. Then the teeth shade is matched and all necessary information is sent to the dental laboratory for preparation. Once the dental veneers have been fabricated they are sent back to the dentist and a new appointment is arranged at which they are fitted.
However, at Berkeley cosmetic dentistry Glasgow we can fabricate and fit your veneers in just one visit, saving you time and efforts. Our clinical team has an in-house laboratory partner, which enables us to take your dental impressions on the spot and fabricate the dental veneers during the same visit. No need to send impressions away and arrange a new appointment. All is completed in one day, so you can enjoy your perfect new smile immediately.
With the latest technologies available, at Berkeley Clinic Glasgow we can ensure a quality scan of your teeth, professional assessment from our dentists and dental technicians, customised dental veneers, tailored to your teeth that perfectly match your teeth shade and are virtually indistinguishable.
The cost of dental veneers
The cost of dental veneers in the UK can vary widely depending on a number of different factors, including:
- The location and area of the dental practice
- The experience and qualifications of the dentist
- The type of veneers used (Porcelain or ceramic)
- The number of veneers used
In general, porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite veneers. On average, the cost of a single porcelain veneer in the UK can range from £500 to £1,000, while the cost of a single composite veneer can range from £250 to £500. The cost of a full set of veneers can range from £1,500 to £15,000.
To get a more accurate estimate of the cost of dental veneers in Glasgow, get in touch with The Berkeley Clinic today to book in an initial veneer consultation with our dental team.
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