The demand for ever increasing cosmetic procedures in London has provoked us at Marylebone Smile Clinic to produce this page to explain our proven and repeatable workflow that satisfies the cosmetic standards of today, whilst maintaining an acceptable lifelong prognosis.
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What are veneers?
Dental veneers are thin layers of ceramic or porcelain that cover the teeth and are often used to improve the appearance and the aesthetic feel of the whole mouth.
Porcelain veneers can not only provide an aesthetic improvement to teeth, but can also help prevent dental issues like damage or discolouration in the future by forming a protective barrier on the natural teeth beneath them.
While the most common materials that we use as veneers are ceramic and composite resin, most of us know of veneers to be ‘porcelain’.
Porcelain is a type of ceramic material. For it to be porcelain, there needs to be the presence of the inorganic material, kaolinite. In modern dentistry, kaolinite is mostly absent from veneer materials. Therefore, we prefer to refer to our veneers as ceramic, as ceramic refers to any substance produced through the application of heat and includes metal, synthetic, and materials previously known as porcelain.
What are veneers used for?
We use veneers to improve the aesthetics of our patient’s teeth or an individual tooth. Issues that can be improved by receiving veneers include:
Gaps between teeth
Chips and other damages to tooth shape
Discolouration or stains
However, there are other factors that can be improved by having veneers. For example, if your teeth are facing an irregular direction, your bite force, over time, can lead to your teeth moving even further out of position. Porcelain veneers can correct the distribution of bite forces, preventing problems from arising over time relating to tooth drift and surface damages.
Why Should You Choose Marylebone Smile Clinic For Veneers?
Our Harley Street cosmetic dentists are experts in gum lifts, veneers, tooth contouring, composite bonding, and a range of other cosmetic treatments that can give you your smile back.
The positive success rate that our experienced and expert cosmetic dentists have attained has led to them working with professional athletes and celebrities like James Smith, Danny Mac, Frankie Gaff, and more. Marylebone Smile Clinic are also trusted to create the smiles of those who value their complete privacy, such as CEOs, Members of Parliament, and the British Special Forces.
The process for applying veneers will take around 4 weeks and will be spread over three appointments. However, this does have the potential of taking longer depending on your personal dental health at the offset, or if you have any damaged teeth that will need addressing first.
Our typical process for applying veneers consists of:
You may start by sending us a photo of your teeth, then we will assess it for how many teeth will be worked on followed by the associated costs to expect. You will be able to ask questions to our experienced team of treatment coordinators before booking a virtual video consultation with a dentist. You can discuss the treatment in more detail here and decide if it’s right for you. If so, an in-person consultation will then be booked.
In person consultation
A consultation is our formal starting point for beginning your treatment. We start by conducting a full dental health screen that will provide us with information on your current gum and tooth health, as well as check your mouth for signs of cancer.
Another valuable piece of information the consultation will provide is an assessment of your bite. You will have to move your mouth as if you are chewing normally and we will record how your mouth moves. We may need to use a ‘bite fork’ to create a copy of your bite plane and jaw movements. This will enable us to experiment with changes to your teeth and see how this will affect your bite.
We will begin to plan your specific veneer teeth after taking x-rays of your mouth and constructing a 3D image for you to see how your new teeth will look. You will be able to discuss with your dentist if there are any questions you have about your veneers and if you want to make any changes before moving forward.
Before applying your veneers, we will whiten your teeth so that your natural teeth match the brightness of your new veneers.
You will need to come in for an appointment where we will reshape your teeth and fit temporary veneers to give you a feel of what your future teeth will look like. These temporary veneers will last for two weeks, and during this time you can get back in touch with your dentist if there are any changes that you want to make to your official veneers before they are fitted. We will not move forward with creating your veneers until we are sure that you are fully satisfied with the finished product.
After making any changes, if you require them, to your veneer teeth from your temporary ones, they are then hand-pressed in ceramic.
There are many stages of approval during this process. First, the veneers are assessed against your bite information to ensure that they will fit your mouth as planned. Then, your dentist will view the veneers and quality check them. Before they are finally applied, you will have the chance to inspect them and offer your approval if there are no further changes that need to be made.
As the last step before they are fitted to your teeth, they are disinfected and etched with chemicals that allow the veneers to bond with the bonding agent and the tooth itself. We use a high-quality bonding agent that has been used by the highest standard of dentists for over 30 years.
Recovery and maintenance
You will usually feel normal after a few days, and full healing will be complete in around 3-4 weeks. Routine dental health checks are advisable to ensure that cleaning is at an optimum and the rest of your teeth are being maintained. Ceramic veneers may be maintained as you would for natural teeth, with interdental cleaning being a favourable habit to adopt, by either using floss, interdental brushes or irrigators. Our 7-year guarantee is issued after your review appointment and is kept in date by attending a hygienist twice yearly and attending our clinic once yearly.
Porcelain veneer pricing
Turkey Teeth – Dental Tourism
Dental tourism is a growing industry, and many overseas providers are promoting dental treatment at large discounts.
Turkey Teeth is a popular method to have full smile makeovers. Having seen several cases return from Turkey, we would urge you to exercise caution when considering dentistry abroad.
Are Turkey Teeth real veneers?
We have noticed a tendency for crowns to be used instead of veneers, which pose a greater risk to the nerve of the teeth, and shortens their lifespan. We also routinely see several root canal treatments that have taken place at the time of treatment or shortly after.
Veneers should not create the need for removal of the nerve as this is a rare complication that occurs less than 2% of the time. A lack of expertise and due care during the procedure itself can cause inadvertent damage to the nerve. This is unfortunately permanent and irreversible, which is why our clinic always encourages preservation of the nerves of teeth.
The regulatory and clinical standards in many countries is far lower than with the UK, Turkey being especially easy to become a clinician. In the UK, aside from being heavily regulated, clinicians undergo extensive training to practice at the most basic level, before considering further training in cosmetic dentistry.
Is it safe to get your teeth done in Turkey?
In addition, you are protected in the UK from neglect by the General Dental Council as well as locally from clinics such as ours who offer a guarantee on ceramic work. This protection does not exist if the treatment was sought outside the UK. This may pose a problem if there were any concerns with the treatment provided. As you will likely be a resident of the UK long-term, our advice for any medical or dental procedure is to have it performed in the country you live in. This will allow you maintain the results without complication.
Finally, whilst there are excellent dentists worldwide, the UK has always held internationally recognised teaching and research institutions, which provide dental training at some of the highest standards in existence. Dentistry is not a commodity that should be chosen based on price alone. As a highly personal service, cosmetic dentistry should be chosen based on results, safety and stability. After all it is your face, mouth and smile that is one of the most important parts of the body.
Within dentistry, veneers are defined as a thin layer (often only 0.1mm thick) of porcelain/ceramic or composite resin fitted to the outside surface of one or more teeth to their appearance.
Some of the best and most effective materials with quality reputations worldwide are Ivoclar Vivadent’s IPS E.max Press and Empress veneers, as well as Dentsply Sirona’s Celtra Press, and GC Lisi veneers.
At Marylebone Smile Clinic, we use a combination of these alongside a few other reinforced ceramics that are either lithium disilicate or silicon dioxide based that ensure a high strength to thickness ratio. This means that we are prepared with veneers suitable for a broad spectrum of cases.
However, we believe that more important than the material you choose, the skill of the dentist is what will have the best effect on the improvement of your smile.
If you are searching for porcelain veneers of a cosmetic dentist in London then we recommend that you request to see portfolio examples of a dentist’s previous work and judge yourself whether their veneers look high quality, as well as read reviews from genuine customers.
Purely cosmetic veneers are excluded through public healthcare and so you need to find a suitable, experienced dentist in a private clinic. Marylebone Smile Clinic is located on Harley Street in London, where some of the best private medical facilities around the world are located.
Get in touch with our clinic and we can provide you with examples of our dentist’s work as well as proof of our qualifications, and feedback from our previous customers that include high-profile celebrities, members of parliament, and CEOs.
Many celebrities around the world have turned to veneers to improve the aesthetic of their smile. For example:
Cheryl Cole – possibly one of the best results from a combined approach with veneers
Tom Cruise – A combination of crowns and veneers, he is on his 3rd set now!
Anna Kendrick – she had six veneers before her rise in Hollywood
Morgan Freeman – a long history of gum disease and we’re glad he finally had it treated and then had veneers
There have been updates to the composition of veneers in the UK over the years. While they used to be referred to as porcelain, the vast majority of veneer teeth do not contain porcelain.
Another term for veneers that is used by dentists is ceramic. We prefer this term for the purposes of clarity. Ceramic refers to any inorganic material produced through the application of heat. This encompasses all previously known porcelains, metal-based ceramics, and the more modern synthetic materials.
You will receive local anaesthesia during your appointments that lasts for approximately 3 so you won’t feel any pain while your veneers are being applied.
As with most things in life, veneers do not last forever, around 10-20 years according to the latest in peer-reviewed dental research. When they begin to approach the end of their lifespan, you will need to come back in and get them replaced.
Your natural teeth may need to be reshaped again to allow the new veneers to fit onto them. We usually aim to preserve around 70-95% of each tooth, which incurs an approximate 2% risk to the nerve within the tooth becoming aggravated as a result of the procedure.
There are a number of ceramic veneer substitutes that work to provide the same benefits.
You can have composite veneers that are made from an adhesive plastic resin and are applied directly to the tooth. These are different to ceramic veneers because they are not personally hand made.
Composite veneers are easier to apply in comparison as they require less reshaping of your natural teeth and can therefore be sold at a lower cost. However, they are weaker than ceramic veneers and only last an average of 6-8 years. They also need repolishing every two years at a higher standard than normal home care.
There are also brands like Lumineer, MAC, or Snap on Smile that sell variations on veneers. They are much weaker than veneers as they do not contain multiple layers. While they may be tempting due to the price and lack of reshaping needed in comparison to ceramic veneers, their aesthetic standards are severely compromised due to the improperly shaped tooth.
CADCAM veneers are another alternative form of veneers. CADCAM stands for computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing. Constructing veneers this way by using a computer does not require the expertise of a skilled ceramist. While this may sound like a benefit, what it means in real terms is that CADCAM veneers cannot match the quality of hand-crafted ceramic veneers. However, the technology to create these veneers is improving every year so there is the potential for CADCAM veneers to become much better and more recommended in the future.