If you are considering getting dental veneers, you may feel like it is a big step to take. So, of course, you want to do as much research as possible to determine whether dental veneers are right for you.
The Basics of Dental Veneers
Veneers are an effective – and popular – cosmetic dentistry treatment option that can improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile.
Thin, custom-made shells made of either porcelain or composite resin material are placed over the front surface of your teeth and bonded with a dental adhesive. Veneers can improve the look of teeth by changing their shape, size, and color.
Dental Veneers FAQs
Before you decide to get veneers, you may have some questions about the procedure, the cost, and the maintenance required. We are here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental veneers to help you make an informed decision.
What Problems Can Veneers Fix?
First, everyone wants to know what veneers can do! Veneers can fix a variety of dental problems. The best part is that just one procedure can correct multiple concerns.
- Discolored teeth (even teeth that resist traditional teeth whitening methods)
- Chips or cracks
- Misshapen or uneven teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Teeth that look too small or too large
What is the Procedure Like?
The procedure for getting veneers typically takes just a couple of visits. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the surface. This is necessary to ensure that the veneers fit properly and look natural.
Next, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which will then be used to create your custom-made veneers. Once your veneers are ready, your dentist will place them using a strong dental adhesive that bonds the veneers to your teeth.
How Long do Veneers Last?
With proper care, good-quality veneers can last for decades. But, on average, porcelain veneers last around 15 years. To extend the life of your veneers, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits, avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Do Veneers Require Special Care?
Veneers do not require any special care beyond good oral hygiene habits. You can treat them just like you treat your natural teeth. You should brush twice per day, floss daily, and visit your dentist for checkups every six months. You should also avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, such as ice or pens, as this can damage your veneers (and your teeth).
How Much do Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers will vary depending on several factors, including the material used, the number of veneers needed, and the location of your dental practice. Veneers can be an investment, so talk to your dentist about the cost and financing options.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Veneers
Most dental insurance plans do not cover veneers, as they are considered a cosmetic treatment. However, some plans may cover a portion of the cost if the veneers are needed for functional reasons, such as to repair a cracked tooth. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to see what your plan covers.
Can Veneers be Whitened?
While veneers themselves cannot be whitened, the underlying natural teeth and surrounding teeth can be whitened with traditional teeth whitening methods. If you are considering getting veneers and want to whiten your teeth, it’s best to do so before getting the veneers placed. This will ensure that the color of the veneers matches your newly whitened teeth.
Are Veneers Right for Everyone?
Veneers are a good option for many people, but they may not be the right solution for everyone. If you have severe dental problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, you will want to address these issues before getting veneers. Additionally, if you grind your teeth or have a habit of biting your nails, veneers may not be a good choice.
Don’t hesitate to contact our office to find out whether veneers might be right for you.