Dental veneers are extremely thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material designed to cover the front surface of the tooth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to improve the appearance of a smile. In some cases, only one veneer is needed, but many times people will choose to get between six and eight veneers to create a more even and symmetrical looking smile.
Veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite materials. Porcelain resists stains better than resin composite veneers and reflects the light more like natural teeth. Talk with the dentist to determine what material will best fit your overall oral health needs and the appearance you desire.
A dental veneer procedure typically spans over three visits to the dentist – a consultation and two visits to create and apply the veneers. The typical process for requesting and getting veneers is:
Dental veneers do not need any type of special care. Continue to follow good oral hygiene practices – daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, as well as eating a healthy diet, limiting foods and beverages that can cause staining, and abstaining from smoking and other tobacco products.
If properly cared for, dental veneers can last between seven and 15 years before needing to be replaced. For no-prep veneers, the average lifetime is five to seven years.
According to Consumer Guide to Dentistry the average cost of a traditional veneer is $925 to $2,500 per tooth. For no-prep veneers, the average cost is $800 to $2,000 per tooth. However, no-prep veneers have half the life span of traditional veneers. Traditional veneers are often the most cost-effective option. Cost widely depends on the type and brand of veneers, the expertise of the dentist, and even the cost of living in the area you will be receiving this service.
If you have dental insurance coverage, the out-of-pocket expense will differ. Contact your preferred practice location for more information.
No-prep veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth without having to grind, cut or file down any of the enamel or tooth structure. This type of veneer requires none to little prep, but do no last as long as a traditional veneer.
To learn more about veneers and if they are the right choice for you, request an appointment at a location near you.
Advantage Dental Group, P.C.; Gary W. Allen, DMD, P.C. Owner: Gary W. Allen, DMD
DentaQuest Oral Health Center of Massachusetts, P.C. Owner: James E. Thommes, DDS
Advantage Dental Oral Health and Vision Center of Alabama, P.C. Owners: John Clasen, OD; Cory B. White, DMD; James E. Thommes, DDS
Advantage Dental Oral Health Center of Florida, PA Owner: Neil Williams, DMD