Do you have chipped or crooked teeth? Whether your dental issues are natural or brought on by an injury or accident, porcelain veneers might be the right option for you.
What is a veneer?
Veneers are customized caps that a cosmetic dentist will bond to your teeth. These caps are designed to look, feel and be treated just like your natural teeth. They can alter the size, shape, alignment, length and color of your teeth to give you your best smile.
Why would someone get veneers?
Many people choose veneers as a way to gain confidence in their smile for a variety of reasons. Common concerns include chipped teeth, crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, inconsistent tooth sizing, discoloration of teeth, damaged or worn teeth and more.
How much do veneers cost?
Though there are a few different types of veneers, the porcelain variety generally ranges from between $1,000-3,000. You will need to discuss types and costs with your cosmetic dentist for a more accurate figure.
How long do they last?
Again, there are numerous types of veneers, but porcelain veneers can last more than a decade, or even longer with proper care. Many feel that though the initial investment is steep, the years of reduced dental work and increased confidence is worth it.
How long does the procedure take?
Veneers actually take a few weeks to complete simply because there are a few different necessary appointments. Patients will undergo a consultation, molds and fitting and the final application process. The application can range in time based on how many teeth are receiving a veneer.
Can you whiten veneers?
No, not with classic whitening products such as strips or whitening toothpaste. A pro of veneers is that they will retain their shade for long periods of time. Some patients who are only getting veneers on a few teeth, will go through a whitening process before getting veneers so that the veneers can be matched to teeth at their whitest.
Can I replace my veneers?
Yes. If a veneer chips or debonds (the glue holding it on comes undone), a cosmetic dentist will most likely be able to repair or replace it. Cosmetic veneers can be replaced multiple times using the same method as the first procedure.
Will veneers affect my natural teeth?
Not really. If a veneer happens to fall off or debond, your tooth underneath may feel a bit more sensitive from lack of use or exposure, but for the most part, your teeth underneath should remain normal.
Is bonding a better option?
While bonding is a cheaper option, particularly for small adjustments and changes in tooth size or length, it is made of a less-durable dental plastic material. This material is more susceptible to staining and breaking. Bonding can be a quick fix for minor issues but may not be the best choice for large-scale problems or insecurities.
While deciding whether to get veneers, consider consulting a cosmetic dentist who can provide answers to your questions as well as recommendations for your specific concerns.