Last fact-checked: 21 February 2019
Treat yourself to a smile makeover with dental veneers. This simple, but effective, cosmetic dentistry treatment can transform your smile, making you look more attractive and boosting your self-confidence.
These days, we’re all looking at ways to improve our appearance, with recent reports estimating that globally restorative dentistry will be worth more than $25 billion (£19 billion; AUD $34 billion) by 2025. Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more popular as people are realising that a nice smile goes a long way toward enhancing their facial features.
Dental veneers are thin slivers of tooth-colored materials that cover the front surface of a tooth (or teeth). Essentially, they are used to disguise the tooth, which you may want to be covered to hide its size, shape, color or size. There are different brands available, such as Lumineers, or eMax veneers.
Dental veneers are certainly up there with one of the best treatments to get as a dental tourist:
Dental veneers typically necessitate two or three trips to the dentist:
1: Assessment and treatment planning: you will need to let your dentist what the problem is and what results you are trying to achieve. The dentist will examine your mouth and x-rays may be taken. If the dentist decides you are a suitable candidate and you want to go ahead with the treatment then impressions of your teeth and preparation may be done at this appointment.
2: Teeth preparation: a thin sliver of tooth enamel is removed from the surface of each tooth that is to receive a veneer. You will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area before this begins and impressions of your mouth will be taken and sent to the laboratory where your veneers are being made.
3: Fixing veneers: when your veneers have been returned to the dentist from the laboratory you will go back to the dental clinic to have them fitted. Your dentist will place the veneers on the tooth to check for fit, removing and adjusting the veneer to ensure it is snug. When satisfied, the veneer will be cemented in place and bonded with a special light beam that activates the chemicals in the cement to harden. The dentist makes any necessary adjustments to fit and color before the process is finished.
However, if your dentist offers CAD/CAM technology, then it may be possible to have your treatment completed on the same day, while you wait.
Generally, there is very little downtime after dental veneers, although your teeth may feel a little sensitive for a day or two after treatment.
Dental veneers don’t require any special care, but you may want to avoid stain-causing food and drinks and you should continue with good oral hygiene practices – regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist.
Veneers are exceptionally strong and hard-wearing and should last you for many years – providing you don’t do anything like trying to open bottle tops with your teeth – in which case you are likely to dislodge or break them. In the rare instance that one of your veneers does fall off, you can get it fixed back on at any dentists.
In the United States, dental veneers cost, on average, $1,245
At a Mexico dentist, like the Sani Dental Group, they cost $350
In the United Kingdom, dental veneers cost £932
At a Thailand dentist, such as the Bangkok International Dental Center, they cost £450
In Australia, dental veneers cost AUD $1,623
At a Bali dentist veneers, like at the BIMC Hospital Dental Centre, they cost AUD $500.
One question that comes up time and time again about dental tourism is the reliability of cross-border clinical care. Generally speaking, dentists who look after international tourists do tend to offer high-quality services. If they didn’t they would soon be out of business as they simply would not get the clientele. The best clinics are contemporary, equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment and adhering to recognized health and safety protocols, such as the ISO.
Obviously, like any industry anywhere in the world, there are good and not-so-good dental providers – and the key for any dental tourism is choosing the reliable providers. This is why when you book with Dental Departures you are assured of the trustworthiness of the dentists on our website. We do our own background checks, including legal/criminal records, onsite visits, dentist qualifications and professional memberships, so you can book with complete confidence.
We aim to provide patients with a complete ‘one-stop-shop’, giving you everything you need to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip. Whether you are looking for finance to get the smile you’ve always wanted, want extra dental insurance cover or advice about suitable hotels near your dentist – we’re here to help.
You can save a considerable amount by getting dental veneers abroad as a dental tourist – and if you are having several that could amount to thousands and is definitely worth the trip. Speak to our Customer Care team to find out more about prices and locations; if you’re ready to book see below for ways to arrange your appointment.
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“How do Veneers Work”? Colgate Oral Health Center. 17 November 2018. https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/veneers