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The most common type of veneers used in the UK, and indeed throughout the world, are those made from porcelain. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of uneven or discoloured teeth as well as reducing unwanted gaps between teeth.

There is an ever increasingly variety of veneers available today including many different types of porcelain veneers.

What the procedure involves
The first stage of having porcelain veneers fitted is a detailed assessment of your teeth. X-rays will be taken to help give you dentist a clear picture of what is required and to identify any potential problems.

The first stage of actual treatment begins with a dental anesthetic to numb the area to be worked on. The dentist will reduce or grind down the surface of your teeth in preparation for the veneer.

The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the laboratory where the custom made veneers will be manufactured. You will be flitted with temporary veneers until these are received.

Finally, you will return to your dentist to have your specially made porcelain veneers fitted. A unique paste will be used to give you an idea of what the veneers will look like, and to check that you are completely happy with them, before they are permanently cemented into place. An advanced dental adhesive system is used to bond the veneers to your teeth.

Typical costs and prices
The average price of porcelain veneers in a UK private dental clinic is approximately £300 - £500 per veneer but don't be surprised to be quoted £700 and upwards. The cost will vary according to where you live and the dentist used.

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