Dental Veneers provide an excellent solution if you are looking to enhance your smile. They are a popular cosmetic treatment because of their overall effectiveness and ease of use.
Dental veneers can be a great fix if you’re experiencing crowding problems, chipped teeth, worn down teeth or have areas of staining that will not go away. Veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are placed on the front surface of the teeth to enhance their appearance—they will help to hide any noticeable flaws and make the teeth appear straighter and more even.
The shade of veneers can be adjusted to your tooth color and they are applied with minimal discomfort. When done correctly in appropriate situations, dental veneers are strong, durable, and should last for many years before they require replacement or repairs.
Every set of dental veneers is custom-designed based on your needs so you get the results you want. Generally, making veneers that look good and function correctly requires preliminary work by the doctor to envision what your new teeth will look like. Then, the teeth will be prepared slightly – meaning, some teeth will be removed from the top and from the front side of the tooth. Your prepared teeth will then be scanned using our iTero Digital Scanner. While the laboratory makes your custom veneers, you will wear temporary veneers to help cover the teeth.
How do dental veneers work?
Dental Veneers are incredibly thin shells that are applied on the front surfaces of a person’s teeth. Depending on the style of veneers, the teeth may be prepped first by removing a small amount of enamel. Once installed, the veneers can cover noticeable flaws to make adjustments to alignment. They can also adjust the thickness of the teeth to improve spacing.
They are very easy to apply, requiring preparation of the teeth and then securing in place with a strong dental adhesive.
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and composite veneers?
The two main types of dental veneers are porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Both are viable options to help you improve your smile.
Composite veneers are manufactured in-office using tooth-colored resin that is applied directly to the teeth and shaped by hand. They are typically less expensive and quicker to apply than porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made by a special dental ceramist to fit your teeth. This specialist has years of training and experience making veneers and is truly an artist. Once we receive them, we will try them in to ensure they fit your teeth as they should. Porcelain veneers generally last longer because of the stronger material, provide a more natural look, and can fix larger cosmetic issues such as very dark stained teeth or teeth positioned incorrectly.
Veneers vs. crowns—what’s the difference?
Dental veneers and dental crowns can both be used for cosmetic and functional purposes—to replace worn or missing tooth structure, heavy stains and discoloration, or to help correct a poor bite. The main difference between the two is that dental crowns cover the entire tooth surface where veneers only cover the front portion of the tooth. Crowns are generally thicker than veneers and the price for each is similar. Crowns provide additional support to damaged teeth where veneers do not. However, veneers are a much less invasive procedure and require less removal of the original tooth structure.
Veneers and crowns are both a great solution for patients looking to get a white, straight smile that looks and feels natural. If you’re interested but unsure which option is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
What do dental veneers cost?
Veneers typically are not covered by insurance since they are considered a cosmetic procedure. It requires quite a bit of preparation on our part to design your new teeth and the dental laboratory specialist who makes them is very good. In our office, dental veneers start at $1250.
More Questions About Dental Veneers?
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