Veneers are a dental treatment designed to improve the appearance of a misshaped, discoloured or stained teeth. Specially made thin porcelain layers are fitted over the teeth, almost like false finger nails. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps in the teeth, thereby creating a more attractive smile.
The procedure normally involves two appointments and can be carried out under local anesthetic, taking up to 30 minutes each. The dentist will begin by anaesthetizing the gum and nerve of the tooth. He will then file a little of the outer surface of the tooth enamel to make a surface ready for the veneer. An impression of the tooth is then be made, and the tooth is covered with a temporary veneer until the permanent one is made. At the second appointment, the veneer will be fitted to the tooth with a strong dental adhesive.
Following veneers treatment you can return to work immediately and resume all activities as normal. There should be no pain or discomfort, although sometimes the teeth can be a little sensitive.
Risks and side effects
Veneers have very few risks, side effects of complications. Sometimes increased sensitivity in the tooth can occur or there may be slight decay where the edge of the veneer joins the tooth.
Cost and prices
The price of veneers in the UK at a private dentist is approximately £600 per veneer. If you wish to have veneers abroad you will save around 50%. For example in Belgium veneers will cost in the region of £250 per veneer.
NHS, private or abroad
Veneers are mostly seen as a cosmetic treatment and therefore they're usually not available under the NHS. However, veneers are widely available at private dentist clinics in both the UK and abroad.
Is medical treatment abroad a good idea or is it less safe than in the UK?