What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are a great way to improve the way your teeth look and also protect them from damage. A veneer is a special layer we place on top of your teeth to hide discolouration and other imperfections to help keep them healthier for longer.

What Are Dental Veneers Made Of?

They can be made from two materials, porcelain or composite. If you choose composite veneers, they can be built and directly fitted on your teeth by your dentist. They can also be fitted indirectly. We’ll take a mould of your teeth and send it to a lab where they’ll make veneers that are specially made for you.

If you choose porcelain veneers, we’ll always have to take a mould of your teeth. When the veneers come back from the lab, you just need to pop into The Dentist and we’ll put them in place with a special glue called dental cement.

Porcelain veneers take longer, but many people think they’re worth it. They last longer than composite, they’re less likely to stain, and they look better.


Are There Different Types of Dental Veneers?

Sometimes veneers are called dental crowns, but they are a little different. A crown covers the full surface of the whole tooth, giving more space for the glue to stick. They may need more drilling and tooth preparation than just veneers, but they are a more permanent fix as they help support the veneers.

Laminate veneers are another option to upgrade your smile and help protect your teeth. Laminate is a thin substance that covers the surface of your teeth, They will help stop discolouration and make even out the spaces between your teeth. Laminate veneers are a lot less invasive than some of the other options, but they are not as reliable as dental crowns. If the glue stops working, the veneers could just fall off.

Lumineers are another option. They are a brand of veneers that are made to be thin and strong. They are see-through and stick right onto your teeth. It’s important to talk to your dentist about them as they are not the right choice for everyone.

Gold veneers are another option. But, make sure you’ve had a good chat with the dentist because gold veneers can cause irritation, which could give you dental problems in the future.

How Are Veneers Fixed?

In the cases where a veneer can be fitted directly — such as with composite veneers — your dentist will be able to measure your teeth and fit the veneer immediately.

In other situations, such as if you’re having a porcelain crown fitted, precise measurements need to be taken and impressions made of your teeth. Once the lab has custom-made your veneers, they will be carefully attached using dental cement — a special type of glue used on teeth.


What Are the Advantages of Veneers?

Veneers are a popular choice for a lot of our patients because they have so many advantages. Not only can they improve how your teeth look by hiding stains and damage, but they also give your teeth an even look. If you have crooked teeth that aren’t something more serious, veneers could be a great alternative to braces or other procedures like straightening.

Another great thing about veneers if that they provide an extra layer of protection to your teeth, great for where the enamel has been worn down or some teeth are fractured.

For our patients in the West Midlands, our veneers provide a more convenient alternative to some more complex and costly orthodontic treatments. We can give a smile you can be proud of at a cost that suits you.

Are They Right for Me?

Getting veneers is pretty straightforward, but it’s important to have a chat with us before you do. If you have gum disease or need a filling, veneers won’t help.

Come in and see us for a free consultation about your next steps and what could be right for your teeth.

Are you considering getting dental veneers?

Call us on 01922 624900 to arrange your no-obligation consultation. We’ll help you determine if veneers are right for you and, if not, help you find the best alternative treatment. We can also explain the different types of veneers available, how much they cost and discuss our interest-free credit payment plan.

Case Studies

Patient was not happy with the look of her front teeth, as you can see there is a drastic change to their teeth. Patient feels more confident and happy within themselves. 

Patient wasn’t happy with front teeth, so we did 7 veneers on patient. 4 on the right and 3 on the left. Patient is really happy with results and feels more confident with her smile.


A Dental veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth. Dental veneers can be used to:

  • improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or
  • to protect the tooth’s surface from damage.

They are often referred to in slang as Teeth Veneers, or Tooth Veneers.

There are 2 types of material which can be used to make a veneer:

  • Composite – either direct or indirect
  • Porcelain – indirect only

Porcelain veneers are more durable and less likely to stain than veneers made of composite. When placing a veneer directly, it is built up in the mouth there and then by your dentist.

When placing an indirect veneer, an impression or mould of your teeth is needed and sent to the lab which will build the veneer on the model of your teeth. The veneer is then sent back to your dentist to stick onto your teeth using a special glue. Often this method allows a better aesthetic result, but requires very careful attention to the colour and impression making process.


A brand of veneers is Lumineers. These are custom made, very strong veneers which are very thin and aesthetic as they have natural transparency and are only stuck to the surface of your existing teeth. They cannot be used in all situations – they can only usually correct mildly displaced teeth, but should be considered by your dentist.

full veneer crown is defined as “a restoration that covers all the tooth surfaces above the gum (Mesial, Distal, Facial, Lingual and Occlusal)”. The benefits of this is as follows:

  • there is a higher surface area for the glue to stick onto the crown / tooth.
  • by covering more tooth, there is more support for the veneer, and this offers it more ‘resistance form’

The disadvantages are:

  • the tooth requires more drilling and this may weaken the tooth
  • the nerve is more likely to be irritated by the drilling and may devitalise and need a root filling as a result.

A laminate veneer is a thin layer that covers only the surface of the tooth and generally used for aesthetic purposes. The benefits of this are as follows:

  • the tooth needs no drilling or less drilling, which may irritate the tooth less and allow the tooth to retain its natural strength.

The disadvantages are that:

  • the retention of such veneers is less. Where the glue fails, the veneer can just come off.

Dental veneers are usually used to disguise or reshape teeth. This maybe where:

  • A tooth has been fractured or dis-coloured,
  • The patient wants a “Hollywood” type of makeover.
  • There are small teeth resulting in spaces that may not be easily closed by orthodontics.
  • The edges of the teeth are worn out resulting in a prematurely aged appearance
  • The teeth are mal-positioned tooth/ teeth that appear crooked and the patient does not want orthodontics.
  • The patient wants to fill the black triangles between teeth caused by gum recession
  • The patient wants to provide a uniform color, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight.
  • The teeth are yellow teeth that won’t whiten, or the patient prefers not to whiten them.

The dentist can let you know how many veneers will be required to give the required aesthetic result. However, aesthetics is always driven by the patient’s expectation and ultimately the number of veneers will be the patient’s choice.

In order to help you decide, the dentist can take impression for and make a ‘diagnostic wax up’. This is where the laboratory makes the veneers on the models of your teeth and you can safely see what the end result will be before committing to treatment and taking a drill to your teeth. This can help you visualise and communicate with the dentist about what you want and it also helps the dentist plan exactly how to go about preparing the teeth and the impact it will have on how you bite and grind your teeth over each other.

It is very important to have considered the risks before committing to any dental treatment. Take your time to understand the social, financial and time implications of Dental Veneers. What would you do if one breaks or comes off ? Are you able to commit to looking after then and having them checked regularly.

You should be particularly careful if you have a tendency to grind your teeth, or excessive forces apply on your teeth. It has been found that after 10 years, 50% of veneers are either displaced, need re-treatment, or are no longer in satisfactory condition.

Think about how important having dental veneers are and make sure that you have considered other treatment options such as teeth whitening to give your teeth a better colour, and teeth straightening to change the location of the teeth to make them look better.

Depending on the individual case, the dentist can choose whether to involve the incisal edge (the tip of the tooth with which you bite), half involve the incisal edge, or whether to overlap the incisal edge.

The other factor to consider is whether to place the dental veneer to cover the surfaces between the teeth next door or not, or just to meet that surface.

This will depend on the structure of the tooth, the way in which you bite, and your personal preference. All of this will be planned at the treamtent planning stage.

Usually we like to keep the veneers in the strong enamel of the tooth – this is why you won’t need injections even !

The decision to take Dental Veneers is a complex one and needs to be made on a case by case basis. For example, one must assess the way that you bite, the strength of the underlying teeth and whether there is any gum disease.

The best thing to do is to book in for a free consultation with your dentist. He will offer you the best personalised advice. Often you should have a full check up before proceeding with treatment because we would want to make sure that your entire mouth is healthy and clean before you proceed with aesthetic work. This would give the veneers the best chance of success.

Appointment 1:

  1. Prepare the teeth. The first step is to prepare the teeth. This may or may not need a injection, depending on whether the drilling will involve dentine which is the sensitive part of the tooth.
  2. Make an impression (mould). The impression allows the exact shape and size of your teeth to be replicated in the laboratory, so that the veneers can be made to fit onto them.
  3. Make temporaries (if needed). Sometime the amount of drilling is so little that you do not even need temporaries. If you do, the composite type material (like plastic) will be shaped and stuck onto you teeth.

In the laboratory

  1. The impression is used to make a model of your teeth, usually out of Plaster of Paris
  2. Porcelain is painted onto the surface of the model as a powder, to the colour, size and specifications given by the dentist.
  3. The porcelain is fired in a furnace to melt the porcelain into its final shape.
  4. The porcelain is adjusted and smoothed to the correct shape
  5. Steps 2, 3 and 4 are repeated until an aesthetic dental veneer is made. There are different shades and translucency of porcelain used in different areas to replicate that look of your natural teeth.
  6. The dental veneer is returned to the dentist.

Appointment 2:

  1. An injection, if required, is given
  2. The temporaries are removed, if they are present
  3. The Dental Veneer is tried in to check for shape, fit and aesthetic result. If not suitable they can be sent back to the laboratory with another impression of the teeth if required.
  4. If the patient is happy, the veneers are stuck in using a special glue that sticks to the tooth surface and the veneer.

Some people prefer to have a Gold tooth. They may want different shapes, sizes and qualities of Gold. Dentists can do this, but particular attention should be given to the consent process. All of the implications and complications that can occur should be considered before you start the treatment. For example, what if the nerve inside the tooth is irritated and consequently needs a root filling. Would you then regret placing a veneer ?

This is a copy of the text that we use for our consent form:


Veneer restorations cover and protect teeth that have been weakened or dis-coloured by decay, prior restorations, or root canal treatment. Veneers can be placed for cosmetic purposes. Veneers usually require at least two visits to complete treatment. At the first visit, the dentist will reduce the size of the tooth. This makes room for the Veneer itself to fit on the remaining portion of tooth, called the preparation. After the reduction is completed, an impression, or mould, of the preparation is made using a rubbery material. A temporary Veneer can be held on the tooth with temporary cement while the Veneer restoration is being made by a dental laboratory. It is important to return for the cementation of the new Veneer as soon as it is ready in order to reduce the chance of re-decay or other problems.

The intended benefit of a Veneer restoration is to replace or mask missing natural tooth structure and restore the tooth to normal function.

Depending on the diagnosis, there may or may not be alternatives to a Veneer restoration that involve other types of dental care. I understand that possible alternatives to Veneer restorations may be:

– Other restorative alternatives, such as onlay, inlay, crown, or amalgam (silver) or tooth-colored filling

– Extraction. I may decide to have tooth removed. The extracted tooth usually requires replacement by an artificial tooth by means of a fixed bridge, dental implant, or removable partial denture.

– No treatment. I may decide not to have treatment performed at all. If I decide upon no treatment, my condition may worsen and I may risk serious personal injury, including severe pain; localized infection; loss of this tooth and possibly other teeth; severe swelling; and/or severe infection.

– Teeth Straightening

– Teeth Whitening

I have been informed and fully understand that there are certain inherent and potential risks associated with Veneer restorations. I understand that the nerve inside my tooth may be irritated by treatment and I may experience pain or discomfort during and/or after treatment. My tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold liquids and foods. I understand that root canal treatment may become necessary at any time during or after treatment and may not be avoidable. I understand that a Veneer restoration may not meet my expectations.

I understand that once prior fillings and decay are removed, it may reveal a more severe condition of my tooth. This condition may require periodontal (gum) surgery to uncover more of the tooth, may require root canal treatment in addition to a Veneer restoration, or may instead require the extraction of the tooth.

I understand that I may notice slight changes in my bite. I understand that during and for several days following treatment, I may experience stiff and sore jaws from keeping my mouth open.

I understand there may be injury to my gums adjacent to the tooth. I understand that my gums may recede after the completion of my Veneer restoration. I understand that poor eating habits, oral habits (smoking, fingernail biting, etc.), and poor oral hygiene will negatively affect how long my Veneer lasts.

I understand that I will be given a local anesthetic injection and that in rare situations, patients have had an allergic reaction to the anesthetic, an adverse medication reaction to the anesthetic, or temporary or permanent injury to nerves and/or blood vessels from the injection. I understand that the injection area(s) may be uncomfortable following treatment and that my jaw may be stiff and sore from holding my mouth open during treatment.

I understand that once a Veneer restoration is started, I must promptly return to have the Veneer finished. If I fail to return to have the Veneer finished, I risk decay, the need for root canal treatment, tooth fracture and loss of the tooth.

Ceramic Veneers (Emax Veneers or Zirconia Veneers) cost £649 per Veneer. Sometimes you will need a diagnostic wax up which costs £50 per unit. 

Come in for a free consultation to discuss from our experience, how many veneers you need. Everybody is different though, so please come in for your free consultation.

There are cheaper materials available, but we don’t tend to recommend these veneers as they are weaker, need to be thicker and do not look as good. However, sometimes patients request us to make these veneers when they already have the same cheaper materials and they have come out or have broken and they want a cheap replacement. Come in and discuss whether cheaper options are suitable for you.

Spread the cost of your Veneers

You can spread the payments over a 12 month period.

Free no-obligation consultation for veneers with our treatment coordinator Mrs Ana Kukreja.

It is difficult to know what you need and what you can have – every client is different ! Therefore to help you understand what options there are for you and the implications of those options, you are welcome to come for a free of charge initial consultation. We promise no to pressure you into anything, just give you a fair and honest evaluation of what you could have and what it would involve.

Prices of dental veneers

Emax veneers cost £649 per unit

Zirconia costs £649 per unit

Sometimes you will need a diagnostic wax up which costs £50 per unit. 

Come in for a free consultation to discuss from our experience, how many veneers you need. 

We believe that our patients deserve healthy and beautiful smiles for life

At The Dentist Walsall, we understand the anxieties surrounding dentistry.

Because of this, we place a lot of our effort in making your dental experience as calming as possible. While we place focus on comfort and accessibility, our aim is to make your experience the best it can be. If you kindly inform us beforehand, we can put extra measures in place to help ease your nerves.

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