would i get free dental veneers in the NHS

Q. Hi Julian, I’ve had a large gap in my front two teeth since I was a child, it’s about 5-6mm wide so it’s quite big. I was looking into getting Veneers but I’m not sure if they would make much of a difference with a gap that big. I don’t think I’d want my front two teeth to look much bigger either. What advice can you give me? I’m 18 and a student so obviously I can’t afford them right now but I’m not sure if I would get them free off of the NHS? Any help would be much appreciated.

A. Your problem is usually tackeled using a combination of orthodontics and veneers.  the gap is usually also associated with a thick band of fibrous tissue between your teeth that would need to be removed before treatment commenced. Sometimes brace work is all you need

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October 13th, 2008 at 08:47 PM
Kiron Says :

Can i get vaneers on nhs

November 17th, 2008 at 08:47 PM
Cerri Says :

Ever since i was born my teeth have always been discoloured. When i questioned my dentist about it he told me that i dont actually have any enamel on my teeth. What would be the procedure to sort this? could i possibly claim on the NHS or would i have to pay and go private? if so how much are we talking?

December 18th, 2008 at 08:47 PM
rene Says :

I am 22 years old and i have 1 yr old daughter and i cant afford to fix my teeth – I really need them done desperatelyand hope that i could get some help doing so , i cant afford to get a route canal done on my fnt tooth people want me to pay 1200 dollars for one tooth i cant pay that with my job and having a baby and being a single mom please help me.

January 13th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
zak Says :

hi im zak and my teeth are really horrible no matter what i do or what i try i cannot get them to be straight and i have a abnormality at the front of my teeth they are making me very depressed. i was just wondering if there is anything i cud do to sort it i cant really offord much all i want is a nice set of teeth.

January 22nd, 2009 at 08:47 PM
clare sheldon Says :

hi im clare and i have gaps between my teeth since i was little, i have seen a consultant and he says i wouldn’t be able to have braces as my teeth will spring back, and i am so self conisious of my teeth as i cant smile,and when i do smile i attend to cover it with my hands and people notice my teeth and say not nice things to me as its affecting my health and is getting me down, so i wondering if the nhs would help me as i cant afford to pay. so could you please help me

February 13th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
Coralie Says :

Cerri- I thought I was the only one with this problem! I’m also hoping to get veneers on the NHS because my teeth are now so discoloured that i hate smiling & I’m self concious about them when i speak or meet anyone new. I think veneers would also help protect the teeth seeing as there’s no enamel on them. They get worse & worse every year. I hope I can get something done but I could never afford to pay for it.

March 18th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
claire louise Says :

Im 23 I have constantly sensitive teeth and was wondering if venneers would help, my teeth are very small and I cant smile properly its seriously effecting me. Im currently on benefits and cannot afford to spend loads of money, I can barely afford toothpaste.

May 26th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
shan Says :

I was born with no enamel on my teeth, it runs through my family, but no one has done anything to fix it, I was wondering what some of my options were and some prices…

November 11th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
bianca Says :

i am 28 years old single, Ive been working for more than one year in our office but i cannot afford to pay my dentist to fix my big front tooth which is protruding, and it really affects my personality and self esteem, and some of my teeth are dentures since i was in college, my secnd dentist advices me to fix them since it was not good looking..can you please help me find solutions to my problem..

November 25th, 2009 at 08:47 PM
jess Says :

i have a 5ml over bite which effects my eating. I have terrible teeth but the NHS said i carn’t have braces because of my age which is 17.help please thanks

January 12th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
theresa Says :

hi i have had 2 children never had a cavity in my life in the passed 4 years my teeth have become filled with cavities and are always breaking they are starting to hurt. I can not afford to get veneers but need them really bad. I just started school and am a single mother. i do photoshoots and find it hard to smile because of my teeth also the bottoms are crooked please help!

January 14th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Chris Wilkinson Says :

hey im chris im 18 and for the last couple of years i have had awful gaps, broken teeth and i used to hav fabulous teeth, i dont like smiling or talking and have become very concious about my teeth as alot of people notice how bad they are, as im still a student aswel would i be able to get cheap vaneers or false for whole mouth on the NHS?? please try and help me

February 5th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Kundai Henney Says :

Hi im Kundai and im 15 years old, I have a gap in my teeth, and want to get rid of it asap, whats the fastest but the best way to do this without costing alot, can I get it done under the NHS and if so how can I do this.

March 28th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Kundai Henney Says :

I am 22 and I am to beautiful to have a gap!!

April 4th, 2010 at 08:47 PM


April 10th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Geola Says :

Hello, im 15 when i was younger i had to have several teeth removed as i have a condition where i dont produce any enamel so my teeth were crumling. My dentist recently adivsed me to have veneers on my two front teeth asap to prevent them crumbling. My teeth are really discoloured which i am really concious about. If i have veneers on my two front teeth would i be able to have the rest of my teeth whitened for free or have veneers on all my teeth?

April 12th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
john bloomer Says :

Hiya im john im 20,ive always had crooked teeth,at the the front of my mouth they are really uncomftable and dont fit together,not even close.Would i qualify to get dentures on the nhs but my teeth are not missing?I am really desseperate they are so uncomftable and depressing.Thanks

April 14th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Kundai Henney Says :

Can I do this via NHS and isit free?

April 18th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
jean knight Says :

i have always been terrified of dentists : since i was 5 ive never been to dentist but have ensured my children have beautiful teeth ,im still very afraid ,but cant beleive the results ive seen on t.v. programmes its amazing! i would so love to have a lovely white smile ,but cant afford it,ive never looked after myself as i should,my life has been my children,i am 57 now and have turned my life around losing 7 stones in weight,please tell me if i could get veneres on the nhs iwould love them even though im very nervous thank you so much for youre time

April 28th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Megan Says :

A gap runs the family but the problem with me is that i dont only just have a gap int he middle i have 4 other gaps on the top of my mouth,I’ve been incecure all my life about it and i mumble or look else were when talking to avoid people stairing at my mouth,I’ve been waiting since I was 13 for braces and i’m nearly now 20 yet still havent had them done. It effects my day to day life as I’m parranoid,I havent got a job as i’v got low self confidence just because of my teeth.I feel like ripping my teeth out to get quick and easy dentures. I hate my teteh and refuse to go dentist as they are no help at all, I havent got a clue what to do. Is it even possible to get it done on the NHS ?

June 11th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
sol Says :

i have short teeth especially in comparison to my face as a whole – they’re also very worn and my dentist said that they’re almost completely flat & could risk exposure of the nerve … could i sort this out & lengthen teeth on the NHS via veneers?

August 3rd, 2010 at 08:47 PM
kirsty Says :

hello my names kirsty i am 16 my teeth grew throught without anamal but i have little bits of anamal but my dentist sent me to get my teeth whitened so now i have white bits in my teeth with a lot of discolour round it surely they shudent of sent me there if they knew i had no anamal on my teeth and for two yrs now i have been told i will get them wen im 16 well im sixteen and i am not being given them well i havent been told and there saying wait but one more yr and my treat ment is not free i dont have the money to pay for them


September 11th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
warren walker Says :

hi, my name is warren walker im 26 and can also relate to how humiliating it is without enamel on the teeth. new people that i meet think im a quiet person but im the most out going person i know i just assume save my self the embarasment and say nothing at all ,or try to talk with my lips covering my teeth wich does not work at all . needless to say through my life ive grown a very strong complex and its something i will never get used to or comfortable with and also i am a singer song writer trying to make it and being around people and getting on a stage with bad teeth and stagefright at the same time forget about it i sometimes want to close my eyes then open them up and be in the comfort of my own home with no one to jugg me. So NHS , to whom it concerns it would literaly change my life.

September 26th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Abbie Says :

Hey :)
I’m 14 years old and have braces, my treatment is due to stop between this christmas and June 2011. My teeth are quite small for my mouth and the braces have not moved my teeth at all. I have braces on the NHS and I was wondering if I could have vineers on the NHS? I really don’t like my teeth and hate it when people see them. :(
It really would help…

September 30th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
brandi Says :

I am really insecure about my teeth i always have been i have gaps in my teeth and one tooth is chipped i am still at a young age of 27 and have a family i am trying to raise and cant afford to get my teeth fixed i want sure if there was anything out there that could help me with this matter. I am a very insecure person and i never smile due to my teeth. getting my teeth fixed would be life changing to me and my family.

October 14th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
Malcolm Says :

My teeth are decaying to my gum,i was so embaressed to visit the dentist,all my teeth are badly damaged,please can you help me

January 19th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
oliviaferguson Says :

i am 15 years old and i was born with calcium marks on my top teeth and gaps. i am ver nervous to show my teeth an wondering if i couyld get vaneers for free on the NHS?

February 10th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Danielle Says :

Hi there, I am contacting you in reguards to a smile make over i am petrified of the dentist i dont know why because i havent really had a bad experience but have never been taught from a young age to look after my teeth with regular check ups i have been to the orthodontist and had a brace but i still have gaps it has affected my confidence with work and going out in public i dont go out much at all only when i need too. Could you please advise me of the available options i would be very greatful…

March 7th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Alistair Says :


I have currently been looking into the possibility of dental veneers due to my large gap in my front two teeth, i went to a free consultation but it seems it is roughly £800 per tooth, as a student i will never be able to afford this, in fact i doubt i will until i’m 30 or so…would really appreciate any advice about how to go about this using the nhs?

thank you

April 14th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Crisel Says :

Hi my name is crisel and Im 24 and a mom of two, I always have been having problems with my teeth. My front teeth have bad caries and one of my front tooth is starting to hurt. I have a missing canine. I cant affort to go to a dentist right now since im a stay home mom and I just had a baby not even for the tooth thats starting to give me discomfort. Since I was 12 I cound never smile with confidence, and now that im a mother I think its getting worse, more after my last baby. I really appreciate some help or options since I cant afford it.
Thank you.

April 17th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
ken james Says :

Veneers may be available for you on the NHS if they are considered clinically necessary however dental veneers for cosmetic reasons or smile makeovers would not be available on the NHS you would need to see a private dentist and pay for them. I believe even with NHS veneers there is still a cost involved and they are not free but they will be considerably cheaper than private veneers.

April 17th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
dr james Says :

you will not get veneers on the NHS because it is a cosmetic treatment. No cosmetic treatments are available on the NHS so you will have to pay like everyone else

May 2nd, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Martin Says :

Hi i am trying to find out if there is anything that can be done to help with my teeth,
I have 7 teeth that need to be taken out, 2 wisdome teeth that are broken and i keep getting infections under these with cause terrible pain to the side of my face.
My teeth are yellow and keep chipping can anyone help me im desperate to sort this out as it really knocks my confidence.
thanks martin

May 11th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Justus Says :

i av sensitive teeth more at the bottom, but it seems to send a sharp pain in the same tooth even when am not eattin, why is this ? my denist has give me different tooth paste but it looks like after 6 weeks its stop working she told me just 2 use it once aday ut i find changing my tooth paste all the time can make it worst, i have a fear of the denist, so it takes me ages to go, but if i need a root thing done am hopin she will send me 2 my hosp 2 b put 2 sleep

May 11th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Josephine Says :

n Xray of the tooth may be helpfull to see if any more is needed.

May 25th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Juliet Says :

I was wondering what serivices (if any) are offered to patients witha slight fear of visiting the dentist!. I have dental cover through Denplan at my place of work, is this scheme compatible with treatment?. Any help, much appreciated.

May 25th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
cerri Says :

Coralie- last year I paid for my teeth to be bleached by a private dentist which was much cheaper than NHS!
The results aren’t perfect but the difference must be atleast 6 shades lighter …understandably because of the enamel problem some parts aren’t as white as others.

I think to feel completely happy I’d have veneers . I think its unfair that its considered cosmetic when there is actually something wrong in the first place! Its not as if I’m wanting breast enlargements…..

Regardless of veneers ..I now smile in photos and I haven’t ever done that before . Its strange how such a small thing can imapact ones confidence so much.

May 25th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Kiera Says :

Kind Regards PeterHi, I really want 4 veneers for my front top teeth and 4 veneers for my front bottom teeth, so 8 in total. I already have 2 badly fitted veneers on myfront 2 teeth and one on my lower front. I had these done when I was 17 onthe NHS and they are too big. At the minute I only have C2A33000 saved up and i’m thinking about getting 4 veneers done – i’m hoping this will inspire me to carry on saving for the other 4 to be done and help with my confidence. My questions are : Should I wait till I can afford all 8 and have them all done at the same time for better results? If i have four veneers done should i have the top two and the bottom two done or all four on the topor bottom? Is it worth having my teeth whitened first and then having the veneers fitted or do i risk having brighter front teeth than the rest of mymouth when the whitening fades?

May 25th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Dennis Says :

hello there!,I have discoloured sensitive teeth with holes at the front I am really unhappy with them they are having a phsycological impact on me,isit possiable to have veeneers on nhs??,if not,how much would you quote 8 teeth?

May 25th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Anita Says :

Hello, I would like some information re veneers. I don’t have bad teeth and have them whitened regularly, however, I am not happy with the colour andwould like an extra white smile. Is this possible to achieve with veneers?Also, please can you give me a rough idea of cost? Many thanks.

June 16th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Lorena Says :

Hello there, I would like to ask as to whether or not you do the denplan service?

June 16th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Juliet Says :

Hi I don’t do the Denplan service ,just pay as you go

October 3rd, 2011 at 08:47 PM
vicki Says :

i need help i cant even get a job …i have no teeth on top ,.but also cant afford them….is there a place or some one that can help me ?

October 8th, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Shane D Roy Says :

Hi. I am 35 and have had problems with my teeth since I was in braces 20 years ago. I have no enamel and really never have. I have an aunt who actually had hers pulled entirely when she was 16 so I am sure flouride helped me keep what I have but they are in bad shape. It is difficult to brush at time and there are cracks and dents in some. I am low income and believe that I cant get a better job with my teeth in this shape. I aint looking for free per se but would be wonderful. I need possible and good work. My daughters need me to upgrade my income and a useable set of teeth with veneers or whatever is recommended could be a godsend. Thank you for hearing me out.

May 20th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
lynn Says :

My 14 year old son is a singer, but has broken his front two teeth,
He has had a temporary repair but has yet again broken his teeth in the very same place today.
I would like to ask who would be the best person to repair his teeth at his age, as it definitely will effect his singing..at this moment in time he is wishing to pursue a future career in music.
Can you advise me please.

June 18th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
SAIKA Says :


Could anyone help me please? Would I be able to get veneers through my Denplan service and if so where in Huddersfield?

Kind regards

July 26th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
john belt Says :

Hello my wife and i have been married 21 years now.the problem is after my wifes last child all her teeth went bad and broke off at gums.i havent seen my wife smile in 15 yearss.she doesnt like to talk to anyone .without her hand being over her mouth.she dont like me looking at her ither.my only wish in life is for her to have them fixed.i havedental insurance but they tell her that we have to have ten%down.impossible.i cant afford that.if i had that kind of money i would.id give my right arm for her to be able to be sociable.and work again.she says everyone that seesher thinks shes a drug addict.which is far from the truth.shes the most caring person i know.please help me fix my wife sherry s teeth a let her smile again.theres nothing better than a pretty smile.anyway thank you so much if you could even concider us.thanks john and sherry belt.

October 9th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Kirsty Says :

Hi. Since I was young I have discoloured teeth and the front one is yellow they are horrible I hate them. Can I get them whiteten or anythink else done to make them look nice on the NHS?

November 14th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
amy rose Says :

i am nearly 21 and in full time work, i have to calcuim deposts on my two froth teeth and it is very depressing could i have them done on nhs? who can afford £500 per tooth???? not me

November 26th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Craig Says :

Hi, No matter how much i brush my teeth, they always seem to crack. It’s got to the point where i’m ashamed to go to the dentist to get them sorted. I’m 22 and a heavy smoker. One of my front teeth is starting to full apart and they really hurt. I’m on a very limited budget as i recently lost my job. So currently looking for work.

What options are open to me to get my teeth sorted, as my teeth are hurting whenever i brush them, eat and even breath during cold weather.


December 30th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Ashleigh Says :

About 9 months ago, I had an accident on my longboard. I chipped three teeth and my left front tooth felt out. Luckily my friend found it and put it in some milk when we got to the hospital and had put back in. However, there was a 50% chance that it would stay. I went to my dentist a few days later. I needed 2 root canals. I manage to get all of my treatment done for free and it is still ongoing. My dentist has restore all three teeth. Unfortunately, the two teeth that had root treatment are turning black. He says if they are hurting he can see what can be done. I spoke to him and ask if i could get my teeth veneered but he says that it not on the NHS. Is this true, because I am wanting to apply for work and I’m having no luck, also I would mind if they were at the back were they’re not seen but there right at the front where everyone can see. I find it a bit uncomfortable. Any advice?

January 11th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Doris Harrison Says :

Hi i wanted to know do they have free veneers here in chicago 2 yrs ago when i start gettin my teethes pull frm the bk of my mouth it cause my teeth to come frm each other and known i have a gap in the front of my mouth, i always had a full set of teeth, could you plz tell me what i can do iam on fix income! and with this gap in the front of my mouth, i be embrase to smile could you plz help me and give me some info since i have a low income Thank you!

February 4th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
shelley Raglin Says :

Ever since I was young I had the awful gap in the front. of my teeth. They are very soft and discolored.
And I was born without the standard 32.
As I have reached maturity its seems to be bothering me more and more. The problem is that I don’t have the financial backing I need to get the job done.
I was wondering is this the Dr.s office I need to speak to. A free consultation for free veneer.please contact me for an appointment. thank you

July 4th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
cassie Says :

Hi I recently had composite veneers placed over my front teeth. They were originally had composite boding over and never had any problems with them however, with these I feel they they looked plastic and bulky. I asked if he could file one down which then went too short. After 6 repeat visits I now have the left one completely coated in bonding not the veneer and am happy as it just is like it used to be. However on the other tooth I have this veneer. It seems to come over the edge of my tooth and is pushing the tooth next to it, I can also see what looks like yellow glue down the side but all the way at the top and down the side I can get my finger nail under it. Is this right? I dont dare eat hard food I feel that people can see the edge of my veneer and wonder if I should go back and ask for this to be filed off and compsite bonded over in chair now like my other. I feel so ill and down and really self conscieous.

August 17th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
jamie Says :

hello my names jamie. Ive had a bad gap between my front teeth. I wasnt ever taught to take of my teeth. I still have all my front teeth. I was made fun of when i was in 4th grade. Thats when i stop smiling. I would cry all the time cause everybody in my family had perfect striaght teeth. I look mad or sad all the time. I cant afford to gt them fixed. I would give my right arm and leg or both to beable to smile. Ive always had low self esteam over my teeth . Only wish i ever had was to have the pretty smile. My children have perfect teeth and i would been over backwards to make sure they never feel like do. Im 32 in Dec. 28 i would love to smile the rest of my life. I would smile in my sleep. I would let them pull all my teeth to have denture just to smile. I think it would change many things in my life. Please with many prayers help me please.:)

August 17th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
jamie Says :

please i cnt afford them

December 19th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
stacey wane Says :

I am depressed every day I have no confidence at all. I hate my teeth. I can’t smile. I hide my mouth. When I was 18 I had my front tooth knocked out. I had a crown fitted to it. It was a poor job it eventually made my other front teeth rot n now my front tooth is black. I’m a 24 year old care assistant with a child . I just want to be happy

January 26th, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Wendy Says :

I have what everybody seems to see as perfect teeth but I don’t as on the top row most are out and need filling and are sensitive and just not a nice smile what can the nhs do about this ? xo

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