I have two Porcelain Veneers on my two front teeth which are around 10 years old. I am looking to replace these due to a slight receding of my gums. Please can you give me an idea of the treatment and its cost?
Ideally, you would benefit from a detailed assessment in order to provide bespoke advice and a quote. Carfax Dental Practice offers free, no obligation cosmetic consultations.
In general, the replacement of two porcelain veneers would entail removal of the existing veneers followed by impressions for our dental laboratory. We then place temporary veneers so that you can continue with your normal activities for the 2 weeks the laboratory requires to construct the veneers.
The dentist will also take detailed photographs of you and your teeth to convey other details to the laboratory such as your face shape, lip volume and position, skin tone and features in the neighbouring teeth.
At your second appointment the dentist will try in the veneers and show you the new veneers. Only when you are both happy with the veneers will the dentist bond the new veneers in place. The whole process is pain free as you will be numbed for the treatment and you should be able to eat and drink within 3 hours of fitting. The cost will depend on the type of porcelain veneers used.
Types of Porcelain Veneers
At Carfax Dental we provide two types of porcelain veneers:
- Feldspathic porcelain – this is traditional porcelain which is exceptional for it’s light reflection and refraction properties. This gives a very natural appearance. The downside is that this technology is old and the veneers are not as strong as more modern materials. We advise these where the patient’s bite is light and there are few concerns with strength. Cost £495 each.
- eMax porcelain – these veneers are state of the art combining natural aesthetics and strength. You can view examples of these in cases completed at Carfax Dental on our website. Cost £600 each.
There is a third option if you do not already have porcelain veneers in place. These are known as direct composite veneers. They offer a few advantages over porcelain veneers:
- Can be placed over one visit as there in no need for a laboratory
- Easier to repair if you manage to chip or break them
- They are significantly cheaper – £350 each
The disadvantages are they are not as strong and sometimes lack the brilliant aesthetics of porcelain.