What To Know Before Getting Veneers

Posted on: 5 June 2019

If you are looking for a smile makeover, dental veneers are a great option. Veneers are thin shells made out of porcelain or composite that are affixed to the outside surface of the teeth. Veneers can completely change the size, shape, and color of your teeth. They can even fill in gaps between two teeth. While there are a lot of benefits to getting veneers, it's still something that you should consider carefully. Here are three things to know before undergoing this procedure.

The Cost

When it comes to dental veneer services, prices can vary depending on your dentist, the type of veneers used, and which teeth are having veneers added to them. On average, traditional porcelain veneers cost between $500 and $1,100 per tooth. Ultra-thin veneers can be even pricier. These types of veneers typically cost between $700 and $1,300 per tooth. In most cases, your dental insurance will not cover the costs, since this is a cosmetic dental procedure. If you plan on having veneers put into place, it's important to determine whether or not they fit within your budget.

They Permanently Change Your Teeth

Another thing to consider about dental veneers is that they permanently change the teeth they are placed on top of. In order to bond the veneers to the teeth, some tooth enamel must be removed. Typically, around 1/2 millimeter of tooth enamel is removed during this procedure. This permanently alters the surface of your natural teeth. It's important to determine whether or not you are okay with this permanent change. Your teeth surrounding the veneers may also need to be whitened periodically in order to match the veneers. 

Veneer Lifespan

If you are considering dental veneers, you should be aware that they don't stay in place forever. While veneers can be sturdy and long-lasting, they will need to be replaced eventually. On average, dental veneers last for around 10 years. This means that after a decade or so you will need to have your veneers replaced. If you are considering this procedure, you will need to keep this in mind. Budgeting for replacement veneers is key. Of course, proper care and maintenance can help keep your veneers in place for as long as possible.

Veneers can lead to a complete smile makeover in a short amount of time. However, there are a few things to consider before getting veneers. Costs vary, but typically your total will be at least a few thousand dollars. Veneers also alter the underlying natural teeth. In order to have veneers put into place, tooth enamel has to be removed. Life span is another thing to consider—most veneers last for around a decade.

For more information, call a dental veneer service.


About Marcel and the Dentist

Hi, my name is Marcel. Welcome to my site! I started it to help others learn about children's dentistry. Most of us don't remember dentist trips from our early childhood. Maybe we didn't even really care about our teeth until we started losing baby teeth. In my case, I became interested in children's dentistry as a young father. When my kids were young, I was a student, and our insurance did not cover visits to the dentist. Although my wife and I tried to teach our kids good hygiene on our own, it was difficult. When we we finally able to take them to the dentist, my little girls were scared and didn't know what was going on. Luckily, they appreciate the dentist now that they are older, but their first experiences helped teach me more about the importance of children's dentistry. Hopefully you can learn from my experiences!