Watching celebrities on TV or in the movies can feel like aspiring towards the unobtainable- the perfect hair, clothes, teeth.
But those perfectly white, spaced, and even teeth so beautifully displayed are likely veneers, and are very obtainable. Dental veneers have recently taken off in a big way. Veneers offer many benefits, and not just cosmetically. They are thin layers of porcelain or resin custom made and permanently attached to the surface of the tooth.
This process makes your teeth whiter, brighter, and removes all imperfections. Broken or cracked teeth or teeth of different sizes and shapes are all glossed over, leaving behind a clean white smile that is perfectly straight and with no orthodontics necessary.
Specific pricing will vary according to your personal dental health and desired outcome. However, the approximate cost is several hundred dollars for each veneer. Some patients choose only to have their front teeth veneered, or the surfaces covered to make the process more cost-effective.
Types of Veneers
The main two types of veneers for you to choose from are Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers. Porcelain are more the more popular choice, as they look more natural and have the ability to resist stains better, offering a lasting solution and confidence. Composite Veneers are less expensive, but they do stain more easily.
What’s the Difference between Veneers and Tooth Bonding?
Veneers are a permanent and lasting solution to improve your smile. They are made to resist staining and brighten and straighten multiple teeth. Veneers provide an all-natural look.
Tooth bonding is the process of applying a composite to a tooth to fill in chips, fractures, or gaps or to hide decay. The composite is colored to match your natural tooth color. It is applied to the damaged area and then put under a light to harden. The bonding procedure is made to address areas that need a quick fix, such as a chipped tooth, or to address minor imperfections in just one tooth. The material is porous, and so easily stains.
Overall, veneers are a longer lasting solution that improves the smile as a whole and are made to stay white and safe from stains. Bonding is a process used for quick improvements or for minor damage in one tooth and is more likely to stain in less time.
Application of Veneers
The application of veneers is generally completed in three stages.
Stage 1: You begin with a meeting with your dentist. The dentist will do everything necessary so that your veneers are custom-designed to have the most natural look as possible, so they will likely take impressions of your teeth or take X-rays to get the size and color of your veneers just right.
Stage 2: In this stage, your teeth will be prepared for application. The dentist will remove a very small amount of enamel from the teeth and make an impression of your teeth. This impression will then be given to a dental lab so that they can create your customized veneers that best match your teeth.
Stage 3: Once the dentist received the veneers from the lab, the dentist will apply them to your teeth with resin that is light-sensitive. This lighting will harden the resin through a chemical reaction, and the end result is an immediately improved, imperfection-free smile.
The goal of our office is to provide each patient with a comfortable, high-quality dental visit, with a focus on thorough exams and informed answers to make your health decisions easier. We do our absolute best to provide all of our clients with a hassle-free appointment every time you visit.