Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that get attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. Often, materials such as porcelain or resin composite are utilized and bonded to your teeth permanently.
There are several different cosmetic concerns, such as chipped, broken, or discolored teeth, to which veneers offer a great solution. While some people may get one veneer to repair a broken or chipped tooth, many get six to eight to create an even, symmetrical smile. The veneers that are the most commonly applied are the top front eight teeth.
The Different Types of Veneers
The most common material used for dental veneers is porcelain. Traditional veneers require more intensive prep work compared to quicker alternatives called “no-prep-veneers”. These no-prep veneers include options like Lumineer and Veneers that take less time and are less complicated to apply.
When applying traditional veneers, there is a need to grind down the tooth structure, sometimes even removing some of the teeth past the enamel. Doing so allows for the right placement, but it is an irreversible procedure, which can be experienced as painful to go through.
With no-prep veneers, however, you might require some preparation or alteration, but these are kept to a minimum. Rather than removing layers of your teeth, no-prep veneers only affect the enamel. Often, these placements do not even require local anesthetics.
What Are The Costs Of Veneers?
Due to veneers being a more cosmetic procedure, they are often not covered by traditional dental insurance. The average cost of conventional veneers lies between $925 to $2,500 per tooth and lasts around 10 to 15 years (according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry). No-prep veneers cost around $800 to $2000 per tooth and have a lifetime of 5 to 7 years.
The costs depend on multiple factors such as the type of veneers, what brand names are available, the local cost of living, and the expertise of the dentist. For precise pricing tailored to your situation, please contact us for a consultation.
The Benefits Of Dental Veneers
The reason most people decide to get veneers is that they improve the appearance of your teeth and give you a brighter, more even smile. Dental veneers are used in the following procedures:
- broken or chipped teeth
- gaps in the teeth
- severe discoloration or uneven coloring
- smaller-than-average teeth
- pointed or unusually shaped teeth
Veneers can last for more than a decade, depending on the type of you choose, making them a semi-permanent investment that can make you more confident in your smile.
Taking Care of Your Veneers After Placement
Unlike most other dental procedures, the recovery process of veneer placement doesn’t take an extended amount of time. Because veneers are cemented onto your teeth, as soon as the anesthetics wear off, you can eat and chew like normal. However, while the anesthetics are still wearing off, be aware of not chewing on your cheeks or tongue.
After placement, veneers can feel a bit rough. These rough spots wear down after several days of normal eating and teeth brushing. If not, please contact us to make sure we smooth them out for you.