Veneers can be installed to treat multiple cosmetic features. From chipped teeth, to broke, or small and discolored. Let’s go over everything about getting veneers and knowing the process.

Attached to the front surface of teeth, dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that improve the appearance of your smile. Usually created from porcelain, or rein-composite materials, veneers are installed by a permanent bond to the teeth.

Sometimes you might only need one veneer to replace a broken, or chipped tooth. It’s common though, to have six or eight veneers installed to create an even and symmetrical look. This usually includes the top eight of the front teeth.

Different Types of Veneers

Most veneers are yes, made from porcelain. When installing the traditional dental veneers, it can need a more intensive preparation when compared to other alternatives. Those are usually known as no-prep veneers. They naturally take less time and are less invasive to apply.

When having traditional dental veneers applied, it will usually involve the process of grinding down your existing teeth. Even removing the tooth past the enamel in some cases. Allowing for adequate placement of the veneer. 

This process is irreversible, can be extremely painful and a lot of the time requires the patient to be under a local anesthetic.

However, when applying no-prep veneers, you’ll only need small tooth alteration, or prep. Because they’re minimal, it won’t involve removing tooth layers under the enamel. These no-prep veneers only affect the enamel. Most often, installing no-prep veneers doesn’t require any local anesthetics.

When looking at veneers and knowing the process, they’re definitely not the same thing as implants, or crowns. 

Veneers are just a cover for the front surface of teeth. Where implants replace the entire existing tooth. Crowns are also something that cover the entire tooth. Where a veneer is only used to cover the front surface of the natural tooth.

How much do veneers cost?

Installing veneers isn’t usually covered by most insurance because they are a cosmetic procedure. 

When looking at traditional veneers, on average they cose from $925 to $2,500 per tooth. Which will usually last from ten to fifteen years. 

On the other hand, no-prep veneers will usually cost from $800 to $2,000 per tooth. Those will last from five to seven years usually. 

Over time, traditional veneers are seen as the most cost-effective decision.

When figuring out the cost of veneers, it’ll usually depend on things like the type you want, which options your dentist has, cost of living in the area you reside and even the level of expertise your dentist has.

Veneers: Knowing the Benefits

One of the most common benefits someone looks for when getting veneers is improving the appearance of their smile. 

With a brighter and perfect set of veneers, they can also help treat other cosmetic problems:

  • broken or chipped teeth
  • severe discoloration or uneven coloring that can’t be fixed with whitening
  • gaps in the teeth
  • smaller-than-average teeth
  • pointed or unusually shaped teeth

Veneers can typically last for over ten years, depending on which form of veneer you choose to get. Veneers are a semi permanent investment that can make you more confident in your smile. Keep reading for more about veneers and knowing the process.

Veneers: Preparing for Your Appointment

Before getting veneers installed, you’ll have an appointment with the dentist to go over which option will be best for you. As well as the amount of veneers that will be put in place.

Sometimes, when teeth are uneven or crooked, braces will be needed for you before a dentist can put in veneers.

It’s common that your dentist will take x-rays at this appointment to look over your overall tooth health. Looking out for things such as:

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Possible root canals needed

If any of these are present, veneers may not be right for you.

For accurate veneer sizing, the next appointment will be used for your dentist to trim down typically half a millimeter of the tooth. Removing the enamel with a grinding tool, then taking a mold impression of the teeth.

The mold will then be sent to a lab to create your veneers for installation.

Putting Veneers on Teeth

Usually the timeframe for your veneer molds to get back to your dentist takes one to two weeks.

When they arrive, an appointment can then be scheduled to have them put in place. During this appointment, your dentist will go over the fit, shape and color of the veneers. Ensuring they’re exactly the right fit.

After that, a thorough cleaning will be done to your teeth. This is an important step because you want to make sure bacteria doesn’t get trapped underneath the veneers to cause decay.

Next, they’ll use the grinding tool to make a rough texture for each tooth to stick on when the veneer is put in place. Making it a lot easier for it to stick.

The dentist can then use dental cement to help the veneer bind to the tooth. Using an ultraviolet light will help to harden the cement quickly. When this is done you’ll be able to leave the office right away with a new smile.

This appointment where the veneers are placed usually doesn’t go longer than two hours. Sometimes an extra thirty minutes or so should be accounted for if using anesthetic.

Taking Care of Veneers After Placement

Some dental procedures require an extended amount of time for recovery. Veneers don’t typically take that long because once they’re cemented in place and the anesthetics ware off, your normal life can ensue. You can do things like eat and chew normally right away. 

Sometimes, right after the veneers are put in place it can feel a little uncomfortable, or rough. Those spots are usually just from extra cement and will wear down after a couple of days. Normal eating and brushing your teeth can help that.

If they don’t’ wear down, your dentist might need to just smooth them out.

Traditional porcelain veneers typically last between 10 and 15 years, and no-prep veneers last around 5 to 7 years. Taking certain precautions can help make sure that you get the longest lifespan out of them possible. 

Some precautions to take include:

  • Not chewing on hard objects.
  • Never, ever use your teeth to open things.
  • Avoid chewing with your front teeth. Eat harder foods with your back teeth only; cut up hard foods like apples so that this is possible.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth at night, get a splint or retainer to protect your veneers.
  • When you play sports, you should always wear a mouthguard.

Veneers: Knowing the Process at Dental Masters

At Dental Masters, watching patients discover a brilliant new smile highlights our days. Porcelain Veneers can transform a smile dramatically, sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.” 

A set of veneers can correct chips, stains, and even deeply discolored teeth. But they can also alter the length and size of teeth, or help teeth that seem rotated suddenly appear straight. 

While it sounds dramatic, only the stunning visual outcome is surprising. Veneers provide a highly conservative approach to esthetic smile makeovers.

Now that you’re familiar with veneers and knowing the process, contact us today to set up your first appointment!