3 Things To Know Before Getting Veneers

Posted on: 28 December 2019

Dental veneers are a quick way to improve your smile. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look, veneers may be the solution. Veneers are constructed out of porcelain or composite resin and are thin shells that are affixed to the surface of your teeth. They are often placed on multiple teeth and can change thesize, shape, and overall appearance of your teeth. If you are considering dental veneers, here's what you need to know.

How The Process Works

The first thing that you should know is how veneers work. First, an impression of your teeth is sent to a laboratory for the veneers to be made from porcelain or composite resin. Once the veneers are ready, your dentist will affix them to the surface of your teeth. With traditional veneers, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed, so the veneers are able to properly bond to the tooth surface. No-preparation veneers allow for the veneers to be placed directly over the teeth, and no enamel removal is needed. The entire process takes anywhere from four to six weeks from start to finish.

The Cost

Another thing that you need to know before getting dental veneers is how much they cost. Dental veneers will range in price depending on the type of veneers used and also how many teeth you have them put on. Traditional veneers, on average cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth. Veneers that require no preparation before being put into place range between $88 and $2,000 per tooth. Traditional veneers last longer than no preparation veneers. The average lifespan for traditional veneers is between 10 and 15 years, while no preparation veneers last between 5 and 7 years.

Veneers Require Maintenance

If you are getting dental veneers, they will require some maintenance. Often they are placed on just a few teeth, and the color is matched to the surrounding natural teeth. However, dental veneers do not stain, but your natural teeth do. Your surrounding natural teeth will often require teeth whitening in order to match them to the color of your veneers. 

If you are getting dental veneers, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, knowing how the process works is vital. Traditional veneers require the removal of some tooth enamel and permanently alter your natural teeth. Cost is another factor to keep in mind. Dental veneers are pricey and will set you back thousands of dollars. Some maintenance is also needed in order to keep your smile looking great.


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!