Dental Veneers

Dental veneers make your teeth look better

Dental veneers, or sometimes called porcelain veneers, are ultra-thin shells of ceramic or resin placed on top of existing teeth to create a more attractive smile and protect the tooth's surface from damage. The dental veneers can enhance the size, shape, and color of teeth and rank among the most trusted and popular cosmetic dental procedures in cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dental procedures for attaching veneers to teeth require some anesthesia. And getting veneers are an ideal choice for improving the appearance of anterior teeth. Most importantly, the porcelain veneers are not prone to discoloration nor stain; the veneers brighten your teeth and enhance your smile.

Porcelain veneers vs. Composite bonding

Porcelain veneers are an excellent alternative to dental bonding or filling. The porcelain veneers provide a better look than composite bonding; they offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color, size, or shape.

Composite bonding generally stains over time, while porcelain veneers don't. These veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by coffee or tea and damage due to an injury. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth.

Patients with gaps between their front teeth or missing or worn teeth may want to obtain veneers. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when correctly performed.

messed up teeth fix with veneers

How long do veneers last?

Veneers are quite durable under normal hygiene conditions. You can brush and floss them as usual, with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste. Advancements in materials and technology have improved the durability and longevity of veneers.

In general, traditional veneers can last 10 to 15 years, and composite veneers are shorter than traditional veneers.
However, the veneers can crack or shatter under abnormal pressure. You should try to avoid biting down on hard-surfaced items like pencils or nails.

If you have habits like clenching or grinding, we can design a bite guard to wear at night to prevent the teeth from biting down on each other too forcefully. The veneers offer positive changes in how you view yourself and how you relate to others. In the right circumstances, dental veneers will not only transform your smile, but they can also help change your life and health.

Types of veneers: How much does it cost to get dental veneers?

There are three types of veneers. Regular veneers(Porcelain), non-prep or minimum prep veneers, and direct veneers.

Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are commonly called "regular or traditional veneers" and are the most common dental veneers type with a thin custom made the shell of tooth color material.

Porcelain veneers are also labeled in the same way as unprepared or minimally prepared veneers. Before attaching the porcelain veneer to the tooth surface, the tooth surface should be reduced by 0.5 to 0.7 mm to avoid a bulky appearance. You can also make the color translucent and lively.

If you do 8-10 veneers in our office, the minimum veneers(no-prep shells) and regular veneers are always mixed depending on your teeth condition and wishes. These dental veneer costs range from $ 800 to $ 2500 per veneer. The porcelain veneer costs may increase depending on the dentist and laboratory technician's experience, qualifications, and artistic skills.

porcelain veneers before after
No-prep or minimally prepared veneers:No-prepared veneers are processed in the lab and made of porcelain. The no-prep veneers can preserve your tooth structure by minimizing tooth surface reduction; reducing the tooth surface is less than that of the traditional veneers. Just like the porcelain veneers, the no-prep veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth.

This method's disadvantage is that the teeth may look bulky and large, unnatural, and sometimes very opaque. And the method will only succeed if you have small teeth and do not need to change the teeth' color too much.

In our office, there is always a need for minimal tooth reduction. For example, if a patient wants eight veneers, both minimal preparation and regular veneers can be used in the same case depending on the color, size, angle and position of the individual tooth. It is not common to use all eight teeth with minimal preparation veneers. Lumineers are brand names and are the same as unprepared veneers, but tend to be bulky and opaque.

Direct veneers(Composite veneers): Direct veneers are cheaper but rare dental cosmetic procedures than other types of shells or layered veneers. A cosmetic dentist does not need a laboratory technician, and the dentist does everything in your mouth. Direct veneers are not porcelain veneers and generally called composite bonding. These veneers give similar results to traditional or unprepared veneers, but with some drawbacks.

The direct veneers are not made of porcelain, and the surfaces can become stained over time. The chair time is very long because a cosmetic dentist has to apply composite resin layers from scratch. Although direct veneer costs are lower than porcelain veneers and more affordable than other material options, the composite resin material does not last as long as porcelain.

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