Dental veneers have become one of the most popular ways to transform your smile quickly and easily. Made from either ceramic or resin-based composite material, veneers can create a beautiful smile by covering cracked or chipped teeth, worn enamel, or even uneven tooth spacing and alignment.
Unlike the “caps” of the past that often looked unnatural, dental veneers have a translucent quality that is virtually undistinguishable from natural teeth. However, they also offer more than just an aesthetic improvement. Dental veneers also can protect the surface of damaged teeth and often can be used instead of dental crowns. This eliminates the need for more costly and invasive procedures.
Because veneers fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry, they are typically not covered by insurance. But, there are a variety of financing options available. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than those made from composite resin. However, they can last from 10 to 15 years, as opposed to composite veneers that usually need to be replaced after five to seven years.
Other cost factors to consider include the skill of the dental lab making the veneers, the dentist who is applying them, the location of the office, and the number of teeth requiring veneers.
Consultation for Veneers
Before you can begin a dental veneer procedure, you will need to consult with your dentist. Your oral health will be evaluated, and all treatment options will be discussed. If veneers are the best option, you will be given details on the procedure and asked about your preferences for shape, length, width, and color. Through this process, it’s very important that you work closely with your dentist so that he or she understands what you want, as well as you are prepared for what to expect.
The Veneer Procedure
Dental veneers can often be completed in just two dental visits. However, these visits are typically longer than a standard office visit. The procedure itself has several steps. You will be given a local anesthetic to enable you to be comfortable during the preparation of the tooth and for when the veneer is applied. The tooth will then be shaped for the veneer to fit properly. After that, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth that will be sent to a dental lab. There, your veneers will be fabricated.
While your permanent veneers are being fabricated, you may receive temporary veneers which will give you a glimpse of what your teeth will look like. During the second visit, temporary veneers will be replaced, and your final veneers will be placed, evaluated, and adjusted to ensure an optimal fit.
Once completed, your veneers will be durable and should last many years. However, to prevent chipping, your dentist may advise you from certain habits such as chewing ice, using your teeth top open packages, or biting down on hard objects like nut shells.
Of course, you will want to practice good oral hygiene to keep your veneers looking their best. Brush with a non-abrasive tooth paste, floss, and get regular dental checkups and cleanings.
For many individuals, dental veneers are the solution for bringing back a beautiful, confident smile. To learn if they are right for you, contact you dentist today!