The morning I went to get my veneer done in Thirsk, I caught my thumb in the car door and it hurt like hell. I bled my way to Star Dental Care where the lovely dentist Zoe and her assistant nurse patched up my thumb before seeing to my tooth. Not a good start, but at least the pain of slamming the door on my hand would detract from the pain of the dental work.
I needn’t have worried as this procedure was not a bit painful, or even uncomfortable. Composite veneers, used to correct colour, shape, size and texture of teeth, require no drilling whatsoever and can be fitted in a single visit. This is quite unlike porcelain veneers, which necessitate reduction of the tooth before they can be applied (they are filed down to pegs, which makes me think of Christopher Walken’s character the Headless Horseman in the Tim Burton film Sleepy Hollow- horror of horrors).
Porcelain is undoubtedly stronger and longer lasting than composite, plus it doesn’t stain over time, but it’s also considerably more expensive at £500 upwards per tooth, in comparison to the £100 I paid for one composite veneer. I’ve wanted to correct my wonky lateral incisor for a while without spending a fortune, and I was very happy with the result:
I also couldn’t believe the whole process was over and done with in less than half an hour – and this included the girls patching up my bleeding thumb at the start of the appointment. After carefully sculpting resin to the tooth, Zoe then set the material using a special light, before polishing the surface.
It turned out that the colour used for my veneer was slightly too dark so I will have to go back to have it fitted again once the perfect shade material is ordered in; something I don’t mind at all as I now know how quick and easy the process is. My new veneer will typically last for up to five years (as opposed to up to 12 for porcelain, depending on aftercare) which I think, for the low cost, is a fantastic result. I left Thirsk marketplace not with a numb mouth as anticipated, but a throbbing right thumb!