Teeth whitening frequently asked questions

We get a lot of questions about Teeth Whitening, but we noticed a lot of them tend to be the same. So if you’re curious about something, check below to see if we have an answer for you!

Ceramic veneers are thin shells made of a high-quality ceramic material that are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance.

There are several types of veneers available and these include: porcelain, composite veneers (known as Digital Composite Bonding in the UK), laminate, Lumineer and Ultra-Thin. There are some other types, however these are the ones most commonly offered.

Ceramic veneers are considered the gold standard; however, they are the most expensive.

Composite veneers, also known as Digital Composite Bonding, is the treatment we are best known for at Smiles and Smiles. Digital Composite Bonding is a non-invasive alternative to traditional veneers, however both treatments have their merits.

You can read more about Digital Composite Bonding here or you might like to book a call with one of our Treatment Advisors who will talk through the different options and your individual needs.

The process typically involves removing a small amount of the tooth’s surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. Then, an impression of the tooth is taken and sent to a lab where the veneer is custom-made. Once ready, the veneer is bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive.

Veneers are usually not painful whilst you are having the treatment. Some clients have reported slight sensitivity during the settling down period after the final fitting. This is quite normal and nothing to worry about. It usually only lasts for a few days and very soon after subsidies.

The process usually takes two to three appointments, including the initial consultation. The actual application of the veneers may take one to two hours.

Composite bonded veneers and composite indirect veneers commonly cost £300 to £575 per tooth, while ceramic veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, cost between £850-£1100 per tooth. At Smiles and Smiles we offer excellent treatment in most cases 40% less expensive, while using the very best materials and care provided by specially trained aesthetic / cosmetic dentists, all who have had additional postgraduate training in aesthetics.

The average lifespan of ceramic veneers is 15 years however this is highly dependent on how well you look after your veneers and oral hygiene during this time.

Ceramic veneers should be cared for just like natural teeth: brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and have regular check-ups with your usual dentist.

No, veneers cannot be whitened. If you want a brighter smile, you should consider teeth whitening before getting veneers or talk to a Treatment Advisor about your options.

Veneers can be removed and leave the tooth somewhat intact depending on the skill of the dentist, but there should not be any reason to do this. If the consultation with your dentist was comprehensive and your veneers were high quality and properly fitted to begin with, they shouldn’t need to be removed anytime soon.

Some people may experience sensitivity after getting veneers. There’s also a small risk of the veneers chipping or coming off, although this is rare.

If you encounter any problems with your veneers or have a question to ask about damage or repairs, please call us as soon as possible at 020 3814 7771 between 8am-8pm Monday-Friday or 10am-2pm Saturdays and Sundays. We may be able to repair the veneer or help with a replacement.

Yes, ceramic veneers are custom-made to match the shape, size, and colour of your natural teeth, providing a realistic look. Of course, veneers are also the perfect choice for a Hollywood smile and we will work with you closely to achieve your desired transformation.

Yes, the tooth underneath the veneer can still get cavities. Regular oral hygiene and visits to the dentist are essential in maximising the lifespan of your veneers.

Yes, but it’s advisable to avoid very hard foods that could potentially chip the veneers.

You should continue your regular dental check-ups. We recommend that you book one every six months. Please remember that Smiles and Smiles cannot provide dental services that are not cosmetic and therefore you should keep in contact with your regular dentist. 

Yes, high-quality ceramic veneers are highly resistant to staining compared to natural teeth.

Yes, veneers can be used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. However, they don’t actually correct the underlying misalignment.

Ceramic veneers are known for their superior aesthetics, as they closely resemble natural tooth enamel. They are also highly stain-resistant.

Most adults with good oral health can get ceramic veneers. However, one of our expert dentists will need to assess your teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy enough for the procedure.

Once placed, ceramic veneers should feel just like your natural teeth. There might be a slight adjustment period right after they’re installed, but any initial differences in feeling should fade quickly.

If you previously had orthodontic treatment (metal braces or Invisalign clear braces), you will want to have a new set of retainers made after you get the veneers. Dental veneers won’t prevent your teeth from shifting out of place, so you will need to wear the retainers as prescribed by your dentist or orthodontist and if you have a removable retainer a new retainer will need to be made to take account of the new shape of the front teeth.

If you are interested in a smile transformation with ceramic veneers, you should start by booking a call with one of our Treatment Advisors who will discuss your options with you.

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