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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers St Albans

How do you fancy a stunning Hollywood smile without having to go through any drilling or having any injections? Yes? In that case you should think about having Lumineers or Emax porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers, what are they?

A veneer is a very thin (0.3 millimeters) layer of laminate that are fixed over the surface of the teeth. The porcelain veneers themselves are made of cutting-edge material and will be made by specialist technicians.

Veneers are a great solution for anyone who really wants a better smile but does not want to undergo drilling or injections. Patients who have particularly small teeth or gaps between their teeth can also benefit from veneers.

What are the main uses for porcelain veneers?

In the main porcelain veneers will be used for:

  • Smile enhancement
  • To provide whiter looking teeth for those who cannot have tooth whitening by other means
  • To cover up unsightly teeth or teeth that are discoloured
  • To close gaps or to cover chips and cracks in the teeth
  • To give better alignment to teeth that are mildly crowded


You will find us at:

54 The Quadrant, St Albans, AL4 9RD

What are the benefits of having porcelain veneers fitted?

These days the porcelain veneer is produced using cutting edge materials like Lumineers and Emax that makes it possible for veneers to be ultra-thin, giving the following advantages:

  • Very little need for shaving the tooth to be treated
  • The patient will not have to have any injections although some anaesthetic may be given so that they are comfortable during the procedure
  • When porcelain veneers cover the teeth they give an even toothed and uniform natural smile especially if they are placed over several teeth. There really are not many other options that will offer the excellent aesthetics that porcelain veneers do
  • Porcelain veneers do not stain
  • Treatment with porcelain veneers is relatively fast, being completed in just a few appointments
  • Porcelain veneers will offer instant results where teeth are being aligned, when you compare it to orthodontic treatment, but it must be noted that having veneers will not substitute for orthodontic treatment, where it is needed.


You will find us at:

54 The Quadrant, St Albans, AL4 9RD

Porcelain veneers - any disadvantages?

  • Because porcelain veneers are placed on top of your own teeth with no shaving or drilling involved, your teeth will be slightly bigger once the veneer has been put on. That is why it works so well for people with small teeth.
  • The tooth may look more prominent once the veneer has been put on it and if this is thought likely to be a problem then treatment with composite veneers might be considered.
  • A porcelain veneer can become loose and can fall off.
  • It is possible for a veneer to break or to chip and if this happens you will have to pay to have a new veneer fitted.
  • Veneers do you have a life span and a patient who has postal in veneers fitted will have to understand that they will need to be replaced on average every 7 to 10 years.

What does it cost to have porcelain veneers in the UK?

The cost of having porcelain veneers will vary and will mostly depend on that the following:

  • The experience and the skill of the dentist who is fitting the veneers
  • The skill of the technician who produces the veneers
  • The materials that are being used to make the veneers
  • Whether the veneers are branded, for example Durathin or Lumineer

You may find that buying one or two veneers is more expensive overall than if you have several over several teeth. There is also the ‘Trial Smile’ option that you may have to pay more for but that is essential when you were having more than one or two veneers.

Do porcelain veneers ever break or come off?

It is possible for any type of porcelain veneer to become detached. They will, of course, be cemented onto the teeth and the chances of them coming off, in that case, are very low. However, like everything else, they need to be looked after so your dietary habits and other abuse of your teeth could make them more likely to break or to detach.

Will my porcelain veneers pick up stains and can I use tooth whitener on them?

Porcelain veneers hardly stain because they are resistant to it, but the surrounding teeth can get stained. Also, veneers are not usually whitened. After producing them in a certain colour, they tend to remain with that colour.

What is the porcelain veneer dental procedure like?

Porcelain veneers will very rarely stain because they have a resistance to staining however the teeth surrounding your porcelain veneer treated teeth will certainly be liable to stain. You cannot use whitening agents on veneered teeth. Good oral hygiene should ensure that the staining around your porcelain veneers and the veneers themselves, stay bright and clean.

What is it like to have a porcelain veneer?

Every appointment for porcelain veneers will start with a full dental examination and discussion of the kind of treatment that you have chosen to have. Your dentist will look carefully at your gums and make sure they are healthy and in good condition because if your gums are not healthy this kind of treatment will not be advised.

If you have not been to see a dentist for a long time you may be advised to have your teeth cleaned by the hygienist before you have porcelain veneers fitted. Again your gums and your teeth in general will be assessed to ensure that porcelain veneers are the right treatment for you.

Once you have the all clear for your porcelain veneers we go onto ‘Trial Smile’. This is when we do a mock-up demonstration of the size and the shape that your teeth will be with your veneers. We do this using wax. Next we will make a model of your teeth with the veneers on them so that you can get an idea of how it will all look once the treatment has been done.

if you are happy with the results that are predicted for your teeth then impressions will be taken of your teeth and the veneers will be custom made for you. We will also put in place some temporary veneers so that you can see what the result of the treatment is going to be when you look in the mirror. We can make any minor changes at this stage.

Once all these steps have been successfully completed we will receive your veneers back from our technician and fit them to your teeth.

How long will my porcelain veneers last?

In general veneers fitted to the teeth will last between seven to ten years although many people have reported that theirs have lasted for a lot longer. A lot will depend on:

  • How a patient treats their teeth
  • The diet that they follow
  • The likelihood of any accidental damage to the veneers
  • If the patient suffers from bruxism (tooth grinding)

Ready to have your veneers in Saint Albans? Call us today at Saint Albans Dental Care and take the first step on the road to that perfect smile.