Veneers are considered one of the top options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry options for your teeth. However, there are many different things that you need to weigh before making a decision on what option is best. Read on to learn your options for veneers, and who will be able to make the most use of them.
What Are Veneers?
Most veneersarethin shells of medical-grade ceramic that get attached to the front surfaces of your teeth, providing an instant change to your teeth. Chances are that you’ve probably seen them without knowing it—these are popular in Hollywood to give that perfect smile. In some cases, veneers are also made of resin or composite materials, but the basic goal is the same. Here’s a quick breakdown of your options:
Porcelain Veneers: These are the most expensive type out there, but are also the best looking type of veneers. Part of this is due to them being custom made to fit the size and shade of your own natural teeth. These are applied to the tooth via a combination of special cement and ultraviolet light.
Composite Veneers: These are similar to porcelain veneers, but less expensive. The tradeoff here is that they are not as durable. Most composite veneers are made from the same material as some cavity fillings. Generally, composite veneers are used to address smaller issues, like chips in teeth or gaps.
Instant Veneers: This is less expensive and quicker than porcelain or composite veneers. One benefit is that they can be applied during the same appointment as your consultation. The trade-off is that these are premade, so you don’t get the benefit of having something that is custom-matched to your own teeth.
Removable Veneers: This hybrid between porcelain and instant veneers is a relative newcomer to the field. While they are custom made to match your teeth, they are also removable if you need them. The issue here is that these aren’t designed to last a long time. They also won’t address any underlying dental issues that you have.
It’s important to note that veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure rather than a medical one. This is an important distinction because chances are that insurance will not pay for your veneers. In addition, payment plan options may be a bit limited compared to those offered for medical procedures, even among the same dentists.
So, how much can you expect to pay for these? Veneers, on average, cost $1,000-$2,000, depending on the nature of the procedure and how much help you need. Don’t forget that these aren’t permanent features like dental implants. For the most part, caring for your veneers isn’t much different than caring for your teeth. This means regular brushing and proper oral hygiene in general. The one difference may be looking out for coffee and other potential foods that can cause stains. Habits can be a bigger issue, especially if you are using delicate porcelain. Those who chew ice, grind their teeth, or bite their nails risk chips or cracks
Who Can Use Veneers?
Because of the inherent expense involved with veneers, it’s important to know what makes a good veneer candidate. Here are some common scenarios:
Teeth that are discolored from root canals, fillings, or other procedures
Chipped or broken teeth
Irregularly shaped teeth
Teeth with gaps between them
Any other dental issue that results in a loss of self confidence
Veneers are one of the top cosmetic dental options, but it’s important to mention that they are not a replacement for good habits for your actual teeth. For example, if you have tooth decay that leads to root canals or crowns, a veneer won’t save you (but you will look nice). Many professionals recommend other cosmetic procedures for people who have had weakened enamel, gum disease, or other dental conditions.
Because most veneers are made to custom-fit your smile, you’re going to start your procedure by having a meeting with a dentist. The dentist will make an assessment and determine whether or not you are a good candidate. If so, your dentist will take X-rays and make impressions of the teeth that are getting veneers. The veneers are then made in a laboratory, then take a few weeks before they are ready to be installed.