A dental veneer is a thin shell attached to a tooth’s surface. Most often veneers are made of resin composite or porcelain. Dental veneers are used to fix imperfections in teeth. People who have crooked or misshapen teeth often get dental veneers. Though dental veneers cost a lot of money, they are both durable and attractive-looking.
Why Dental Veneers?
Chipped or broken teeth can be covered by veneers. Discolored teeth and gaps between teeth can also be covered up. A porcelain veneer can enlarge smaller teeth. This makes a person’s smile look even, straight and pretty.
In some cases, a person may need only one porcelain veneer. However, it is possible to get veneers on multiple teeth. While veneers cost a good deal of money, it is often considered money well-spent for a better smile.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?
There are many advantages to having dental veneers. For starters, porcelain veneers look like natural teeth, so you won’t have to worry about them looking cheap or unattractive. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant and do not discolor the way that natural teeth do.
With veneers, dentists don’t have to shave down so much of the patient’s natural tooth. This makes the process easier and less time-consuming than the process of getting a crown.
Veneers are also durable. Some people opt for a temporary veneer, which is considered a quick and easy fix. A temporary veneer usually lasts a few years, and the process won’t require much preparatory work before inserting it. However, permanent veneers are probably more cost-effective since they last up to twenty years.
How Much Are Dental Veneers?
What you will pay for dental veneers varies according to where you live and which dentist you choose. However, in most cases veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth.
Though veneers cost a good deal of money, there are some things that can save you money when purchasing a veneer. For instance, if you have healthy teeth that don’t require a lot of preparation work, the veneers cost less overall. A few basic ways to keep teeth healthy are to brush and floss daily. Visit your dentist 1-2 times yearly for check-ups and cleanings.
You could also try shopping around to see which dentists have the most reasonable prices. Always check the dentists’ customer ratings online to see what customers have to say.
One important thing to remember about veneers is that they are considered cosmetic dentistry. Most insurance policies won’t cover cosmetic dentistry procedures because they aren’t considered necessary. You will most likely have to pay for your porcelain veneers out-of-pocket.
However, in some cases, when a tooth is damaged during an accident you may be able to get insurance to cover the cost of your cosmetic dentistry. Check with your insurance company before having your cosmetic dentist do the work. If insurance won’t pay, your cosmetic dentist may allow you to set up a payment plan.
Regardless of cost, many people purchase veneers for a smile makeover. A smile makeover improves the look of teeth and gives people confidence.
The Dental Office Procedure
The dental procedure for inserting a veneer is rather simple and painless. First,
your dentist or hygienist will check to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for veneers. They will check for cavities, too.
Then, if you are healthy enough for veneers, the dentist will remove a small part of your natural tooth. This must be done to ensure the veneer will fit over your tooth without make the tooth look or feel too big or bulky. If necessary, your dentist will numb your teeth.
Next, the dentist will make a mold of your tooth. This allows him or her to know the exact shape and size of the tooth. The measurements are used to make a custom-fit veneer. You will get the porcelain tooth fitted during the next dental office visit.
If you want veneers, make a dental appointment. Only your dentist can advise if your teeth are healthy enough for veneers. You can also inquire about pricing.