Porcelain veneers are our most popular cosmetic dental restoration. Veneers are most often used to hide discoloured or chipped teeth. Why do patients love them?
The end result is highly cosmetic and lasts for many years if not a lifetime.
In this video Dr Murphy explains the process for getting veneers, answers the most popular questions and discusses aftercare of your new porcelain veneers.
Most patients who ask for veneers come to us with discoloured teeth. They may have some staining, from nicotine or red wine, the sort of things that make your teeth go brown or yellow.
We like to get that all polished off then the next stage may involve some tooth whitening of say, for example, your bottom teeth. This is before we would proceed to doing any porcelain work. Porcelain is usually the last thing to happen. What happens first is to make sure we are dealing with a set of teeth and gums which are healthy and nice and clean. It is important to bond onto enamel which is going to be strong and you don't have a filling which is leaking or getting bacteria into it.
The usual feedback is that patients feel no pain after getting veneers and on the whole, post operative symptoms with veneers are very mild.
Occasionally patients will report some sensitivity but this can usually be controlled with a good sensitivity toothpaste.
As with all our treatments dental sedation is available for particularly nervous patients.
I recently had veneers fitted to my top 6 front teeth and was extremely apprehensive about getting it done. But once I had spoken to the dentist Robert and his team any fears I had, had been dealt with. From start to finish the service I received was first class and would have no hesitation in recommending this establishment to anyone looking to have work done. I also thought the pricing compared to other dental practices was very reasonable and the finished article second to none.
Thomas Brown, veneers patient
For the regular adjustments, veneers and fittings, expect to pay from £350
Same day porcelain veneers are slightly more expensive. With a morning and evening visit and expedited work on your new veneers you can expect to pay from £400.
As always check with the receptionist at the Glasgow practice for the most up to date dental prices.
Check out our cosmetic dentistry page for these and other treatment prices.
Porcelain veneers used to be mainly used on the upper front six teeth, the most obvious to the casual observer and that was all.
However this approach has been rejected by a stream of celebrities in recent years and rightly so.
As a result we see far more patients now who expect their new white smile to extend further and and to look more natural.
Nowadays our patients often request as many as eight to 10 veneers as part of their smile makeover and we can further extend the smile subtly by building out what we call the buccal corridors.
These are the areas between the canines and the molars which can almost disappear when the front teeth are white, prominent and often visually larger than premolars or molars (see Joey Essex). This is especially so in the case of a narrow maxilla (upper jaw).
This is how we can trick the human eye: building the buccal corridors deceives the beholder by creating a slightly greater visual width of the first and second premolars. This, quite naturally, widens your smile.
There are other tricks for a wide smile using subtlety, symmetry and straight edges and building towards rounded edges. Be sure to ask about all this at your free consultation if it interests you
Is there anything you can’t eat after getting veneers? With any restoration we usually say don’t eat anything at all for one hour and stick to a soft diet for the rest of the day.
If the treatment is done on the right side we will ask you to chew on the left and vice versa.
The following day, certainly within 24 hours, you can carry on as normal.
There are certain caveats: avoid certain actions to look after the porcelain and not stress it unnecessarily. We may make a mouthguard for some patients to wear during the night so that the teeth won’t move if there is a risk of movement or if patients grind their teeth.
Stephanie wanted to cover up a dark-tinged tooth as well as smooth out the ragged edges of her teeth.
Read how we straightened the edges of her teeth and sorted the discolouration problem.
Marion had something of a shopping list of cosmetic treatments she wanted to tackle a range of issues.
Here you can see how carefully matched porcelain work left her with a much improved smile.
People sometimes ask us to do veneers when their teeth aren’t straight. This is not always the right thing to do. It is much easier to make your teeth look god when they are in the right position in your mouth and gums. It is also much more hygienic because you can floss between properly aligned and spaced teeth.
Although you might think porcelain is the answer, if your teeth are crooked we might advise against porcelain veneers in the first instance. You may find short term braces are a better answer initially.