I never thought I’d say it, but the Jeremy Kyle show had quite an impact one day last month on our dental practice.
Thanks to a recent programme featuring new cosmetic dentistry techniques and ‘instant’ veneers, our phone rang off the hook all day. Who’d have thought the show would have that much influence!
You’ve probably heard of porcelain veneers, they’ve been around for quite some time. They’re the reason so many celebrities have perfect teeth and bright, white smiles. Simon Cowell, Miley Cyrus, 50 Cent, Katie Price and Hilary Duff are all rumoured to have got themselves a set of veneers – and at a celebrity price. A full set of porcelain veneers can cost thousands, and yes, we do still fit these when the occasion demands it.
However, ‘instant’ or ‘composite’ veneers, at a fraction of the cost, put a fantastic smile within the reach of the rest of us, which I guess is why Jeremy Kyle’s show provoked such as response. But then, a dazzling smile, a more confident and youthful look – it’s a service that was always going to be popular, if only people knew it existed!
The flexibility of this new material does mean that Instant, or Immediate Veneers are the modern answer to crooked teeth, staining or gaps between teeth. They are fitted quickly and easily over your existing teeth in just one visit to the surgery, and there’s no need for your own teeth to be filed down (as with porcelain veneers) so it’s pain-free too. Yes, really.
If you think that sounds too good to be true – we thought that too, but there really isn’t a downside to this. Instant veneers do look great, they are long lasting, and easily repaired if chipped. The cost is just £350 per tooth, which is about half the price of the porcelain method.
When choosing instant veneers our main piece of advice is to find an experienced composite dentist. I know, we would say that, but not all dentists follow the same career path.
It is different, because whereas porcelain veneers are made in a lab by a technician, instant veneers are shaped by the dentist in the surgery so your dentist needs to have a good eye and a little artistic flair!
“Keep smiling – it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.” Author unknown.