What are veneers?
Veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment intended to improve the appearance of someone’s smile. Normally made from porcelain or composite, veneers are considered to be a cosmetic dental procedure and are used as a short-to-medium-term fix for improving the appearance of your teeth. This solution is most commonly used to correct flaws and imperfections, such as:
- Crooked and uneven teeth
- Chipped tooth or teeth
- Protruding teeth
- Discoloured teeth
The materials used in veneers, such as porcelain or composite, recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience against plaque and bacteria that is similar to natural tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite veneers as they mimic the look of a natural tooth more authentically than composite veneers. This is because porcelain has a natural translucency that is comparable to tooth enamel and if you practice good oral hygiene, they can last for up to 10 years, while composite may only last 1-5 years.
Whilst the majority of dentists carry out an excellent job when fitting porcelain veneers, avoidable accidents can happen if your dentist fails to take the proper care that is expected of them. For many people, problems with veneers stem from a problematic visit to their dentist that resulted in ongoing issues. If you believe that your veneers have not been fitted correctly, or that your dentist may have contributed to ongoing oral health issues after having visited them, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Dental Law Partnership, our team of expert Dental Negligence solicitors are on hand to help you at every step of the way; call us today.
Can veneers fall off?
Yes, it is possible for veneers to fall off. If your veneer does fall off on its own accord, then it is likely that it has not been fitted properly or that the cement used was not adequately applied and cured. If this happens you will need to visit your dentist to get the veneer fixed. Most dentists will offer a warranty or guarantee for a set amount of time – this may mean that the cost of fixing the veneer is covered by the guarantee or warranty agreement.
However, if veneers start to fall off shortly after they have been fitted it is likely that your dentist has made a mistake or has done a poor job. If this does happen then your dentist should rectify the problem, but if the veneers keep falling off then you may want to get a second opinion.
If your dentist has done a poor job or neglected their duty of care and this has resulted in unnecessary pain or trauma then it may be possible to sue your dentist. If you do wish to undertake legal proceedings against your dentist, then contact Dental Law today for helpful legal advice.
Can I claim against my dentist for broken veneers?
It is possible to sue your dentist for broken veneers if the veneers have been damaged due to the dentist doing a substandard job, or neglected their duty of care resulting in unnecessary pain and suffering. It may also be possible to claim compensation for loss of earnings, as well as for needless pain and any corrective procedures.
At Dental Law we can help you bring a claim against a dentist. If you have suffered from broken veneers as a result of your dental professional’s neglect, call us today.
How to get free veneers on NHS?
It is quite rare to get veneers on the NHS as they are considered to be cosmetic. If you do need veneers, and your NHS dentists agrees to carry out the procedure on that basis, then this treatment would fall under ‘Band 3’ treatment fee. The Band 3 is currently £269.30. If you were to get veneers as part of private treatment, prices can range from £300 – £800 per veneer.
It is quite rare to get veneers on the NHS as they are considered to be cosmetic. If you do need veneers, and your NHS dentists agrees to carry out the procedure on that basis, then this treatment would fall under ‘Band 3’ treatment feel. Veneers on the NHS currently cost £269.30. If you were to get veneers through private treatment, prices start at around £500.
Your NHS dentist will only offer dental veneers to you if there is a clinical need for them. The NHS will not offer veneer procedures for cosmetic reasons, and given that dental veneers are primarily intended to improve the appearance of patients’ teeth, there are very few circumstances in which a clinical need for veneers can be demonstrated. Learn more