Dental veneers are thin coatings of porcelain or composite resin that cover stained, chipped, misshapen, worn, or abnormally spaced teeth. They create an attractive, natural look and typically last between 7-12 years with proper care. Per-tooth costs for dental veneers range from $800-$2,000 depending on the material chosen.
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About the Procedure
The process for placing dental veneers begins with the dentist taking X-rays and photos of your teeth. These will be used in the dental lab to manufacture customized veneers unique to each patient. The dentist will remove roughly one half of one millimeter of the existing tooth enamel on any teeth receiving veneers. This is done so that the tooth will not appear unnaturally thick after the veneer is placed. Then, impressions or a mold will be made and sent to the lab where the veneers will be customized. This typically takes 1-2 weeks. When the veneers are sent to the dentist, the patient will return for placement. This process involves roughing the surface of the tooth, cementing the veneer onto the tooth, and then, using a high-intensity light to rapidly and thoroughly dry the cement. This creates a long-lasting shell that protects the tooth and enhances its appearance. Veneers, like dental bonding, can correct discolored and misshapen teeth but are are typically regarded as the most natural appearing option for patients who desire an enhanced smile. Numbing agents are used for keeping patients pain free. Some gum swelling and discomfort may be experienced for a few days after placement. The average cost for a single dental veneer is $1,000-$3,500. With proper oral care, a veneer will typically last 7-12 years.
The goal of veneers is to have a straighter, whiter, smile. Veneers may also be placed to help correct the patient's bite alignment and alleviate jaw pain.
What to Expect
Dental veneers cover stained, chipped, misshapen, worn, or abnormally spaced teeth. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after veneers.
- X-rays and models of the teeth and mouth
During Treatment: First Appointment
Having veneers placed typically requires two appointments:
- X-rays and photos of teeth
- Teeth enamel is buffed
- Impressions or a mold is made of the teeth
- Custom veneers manufactured
No recovery time is needed once the veneers are placed. Teeth may be sensitive however most patients are able to return to normal activity the same or next day if no anesthesia is used.
The ideal candidate for veneers will have good overall oral health, sufficient tooth enamel, moderately straight teeth, does not grind or clench teeth, practices good oral hygiene and is looking to improve stained teeth, and/or has minor/several imperfections in their teeth.
Not Recommended For
Veneers should not be used on patients who have teeth that need straightening, have light enamel (won't bond), or who grind their teeth as the pressure will compromise or even chip the veneer.
Side effects from veneers may include temporary or permanent tooth sensitivity and discomfort. Sensitivity issues can be controlled by avoiding extreme hot or cold foods and beverages as well as brushing with a desensitizing toothpaste for up to 6 months after treatment.