Veneers are becoming increasingly popular as white, healthy looking smiles continue to become a marker for good health. Having a set of white unstained teeth is a goal of many, and regardless of how your current set of teeth appears, veneers can make them seem like new!
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers (sometimes referred to as porcelain veneers, or dental porcelain laminates), are thin, shell like coverings that are custom-designed to enhance your smile. A dentist will take these custom shells and match them to your teeth by adjusting the, color, length, shape, and size of the veneer. After the shell is matched up, it will then be bonded to your teeth for a long-term solution.
Are There Different Types Of Veneers?
Veneers are designed out of multiple different types, and combinations of materials, depending on the purpose of the veneer.
Porcelain Veneer Benefits
Strong & Durable
Minimal Chance Of Breaking
Composite Resin veneers
Resin Veneer Benefits
Less Expensive Than Porcelain
Natural Looking, But May Stain
Easy To Repair If Broken
Also Very Biocompatible
How are veneers inserted into your mouth?
During the cementation process, your dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly to achieve the best adhesion possible. This will also reduce/remove and bacteria that may be there, this will stave off infection under the veneer.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Resin veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers, but veneers can range from hundreds of dollars to a thousand or more dollars per tooth, depending on the requirements.
Unlike something like a crown, where you may have to floss or brush more vigorously, or even watch what you eat. With veneers you will be ok, however, if you want to optimize the lifespan of the veneer, you can avoid:
- Chewing on hard objects like pens, ice, or fingernails.
- Using your teeth to open packages.
- Chewing with your front teeth.
- Grinding or clenching your teeth.
Should you consider veneers?
Yes, you can eat with removable veneers in your mouth. You should clean them after each meal. Identify any early issues and make sure your child’s smile is on track to be beautiful.
Composite veneers will not ruin your teeth or negatively impact your oral health. However, minor tooth removal is necessary before the veneer is placed. A composite veneer cannot be removed because your natural tooth structure will not grow back.
Porcelain and composite veneers are irremovable. Lumineers and snap-on veneers can be removed but are less durable than traditional teeth veneers.
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, more natural-looking, and more durable than composite veneers. Composite veneers are weaker and more prone to stains over time than porcelain veneers. They also do not last as long, but are cheaper.