Veneers can be used to fill gaps, repair damage, and/or whiten your teeth. The dentist simply adjusts the colour and position of your teeth with composite or porcelain veneers. You determine the size, position, and shape of your veneers in consultation with your dentist. Veneers are like little shields that are placed over your own teeth. This makes your teeth look bright again.
‘When my milk teeth were replaced by adult teeth, two teeth did not come through, which caused my canines to move forward. It looked strange because canines are pointed. This was resolved with composite veneers and I have beautiful teeth again.’
You have the choice of two types of veneers: composite and porcelain. The purpose of both veneers is the same: they serve as a kind of shield that is placed over your own teeth. However, the difference in the material and characteristics of each are considerable. Below we list the characteristics for you so that you can make an informed choice.
The processes for fitting porcelain and composite veneers vary.
Three treatment sessions are required to fit porcelain veneers. Based on a dental examination and your needs, a treatment plan and cost estimate are drawn up during the first appointment. The colour of the veneers is also decided in consultation with you.
During the second appointment, the specialist prepares the teeth or molars over which the veneers will be placed and an (digital) imprint is taken. The dental technician customises the veneers based on the imprints and the colour selected.
You return to have the veneers fitted approximately three weeks after preparation. The specialist places an adhesive layer over your own teeth and fits the veneers.
Composite veneers are always fitted in a single session. During your first appointment, you decide on the colour of veneer that would best suit your teeth and how many veneers to have in consultation with the dentist.
Once your treatment plan has been drawn up, a new appointment is made to fit your veneers. The specialist prepares your teeth and fits the composite veneers layer by layer under local anaesthetic.
Unsure about whether to have veneers fitted? Some dental practices will give you a trial. This is when a temporary veneer is placed over your own teeth without your teeth being prepared. That way, you can easily decide whether you are happy with the length, thickness, and colour of your ‘new’ teeth.
‘I had bad teeth with brown stains. The dentist advised me to have veneers fitted. I did this and my teeth look so much better.’
Veneers feel like your natural teeth. Nevertheless, you will need a number of days to get used to them. When your teeth suddenly take on a different shape from that to which you are accustomed, it can be more difficult to speak for the first few days.
In principle, you can continue eating as normal after having veneers fitted. However, you need to take care with hard foods. It is also inadvisable to tear sticky tape with your teeth or to bite your nails.
There is no special cleaning process for your veneers. Treat them just as you would treat your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes and use dental floss, inter-dental brushes, or tooth picks for optimal oral health.
The price of each veneer depends on:
The standard charges for fitting veneers are determined by the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) and are therefore the same at every dental practice. You can find a cost indication below to give you an idea. See our prices pagefor detailed information.
€ 100 to € 150 per molar or tooth
€ 700 to € 900 per molar or tooth
In principle, you can eat as normal with veneers. However, take care not to bite hard things such as boiled sweets, your nails, or pens. Do not tear sticky tape with your teeth, this can damage the veneers.
Veneers do not require special care. Treat them the same way you treat your other teeth and molars. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a soft toothbrush and clean your teeth with inter-dental brushes, toothpicks, or dental floss.
Having veneers fitted is completely painless. Even if it is necessary to file a section of tooth, it is not painful. As it happens, preparation does not go nearly as deep as drilling a hole. If desired, treatment can be carried out under local anaesthetic. If it turns out that we need to restore your tooth completely, you can opt for an anaesthetic.