Porcelain Veneers Glasgow
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a modern type of cosmetic dental restoration.
- They are comfortable
- They look good
- They are cost effective
- They last a long time
- And they require little maintenance once they are fitted
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.
What is the Procedure for Getting Veneers?
- You come to the surgery for your initial consultation. We will take X-rays as we like to see a full picture of the roots of your teeth before we decide to put any dental restorations on them. We also want to make sure they are healthy and with no history of infection or risk of infection going forward.
- The next stage is the whitening or the scale and polish with the hygienist, possibly both.
- The third stage is the adjustments to your teeth. We get the ceramist to come out to identify the right shades, the right translucency and opacity of the porcelain which is needed to mask whatever problems you have in the underlying enamel or dentine.
- The final stage is to come back to the dental surgery to get the porcelain fitted.
Clean, Healthy Teeth First, Then 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.
Aftercare for Porcelain Veneers
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.
Does it Hurt to Get Veneers?
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.
This video gives you a dentist's eye view of fitting a set of porcelain veneers. This was the late afternoon session of a same day veneers treatment
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
For the regular adjustments, veneers and fittings, expect to pay from £349
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 £399.
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 Before and After
Porcelain Veneers Patient Case Studies
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.
Alternatives to Veneers
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.