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Veneers are an affordable, quick solution to fix a variety of cosmetic dental issues. For yellow or discolored teeth, uneven gaps, or crooked teeth, veneers will help to repair and rejuvenate teeth, improving their shape and color, and providing a perfect finish to make your smile stand out. They’re also long-lasting. Veneers are designed to last at least 10 years, but with proper care, they can hold up for 20 or even 30 years, making them a worthwhile investment.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin shells that fit over your teeth. They can repair chipped or broken teeth, cover discolored or stained teeth, fill gaps between teeth, and address many other cosmetic issues with the front teeth. Some veneers are made from composite resin, but the most common material is porcelain.
The difference between these two materials is that the porcelain veneers are harder, stronger, and longer lasting than their composite counterparts.
Porcelain veneers are often lighter than composite resin veneers and feel more natural when you bite down on them. They’re also less likely to chip or crack than composite resin veneers, which can be an advantage if you have a tendency of biting into things that may damage your teeth like hard foods or ice cubes. Porcelain also matches the natural color of teeth so that many people will not even realize you have them.
When are porcelain veneers recommended?
Porcelain veneers are most commonly recommended for minor cosmetic dental problems to improve the aesthetics of a smile. They are used to fix a damaged, misshapen, or discolored tooth or to cover up gaps or spaces between teeth and create a smile that looks more uniform and natural. You should consider porcelain veneers if you have chipped, cracked, crooked, or stained teeth that make you feel self-conscious about your appearance or interfere with your normal bite. A dentist may recommend porcelain veneers as an alternative cosmetic dental procedure to dental implants or crowns in some cases.
The process usually takes two visits: one to take impressions and make models of your mouth, and another visit in which the dentist places the porcelain material on top of your tooth enamel.
What are my veneer options?
There are two types of veneers available today: composite and porcelain. Composite veneers are made of a tooth-colored resin material that is bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve the color or shape. They can be used for minor corrections and fixes, but they are not as durable as porcelain veneers because they contain a resin material that is more likely to chip, crack, or stain over time. The process of making and placing composite veneers is relatively simple and low-cost, so many dentists offer this type of treatment.
Porcelain veneers are more durable than composite ones and can be used to cover larger areas in your mouth. Porcelain veneers are slightly more expensive than composite veneers because they are made from real porcelain (or porcelain fused with other materials). The process of making and placing porcelain veneers requires more time than composite ones, but it is often worth the wait.
How much do veneers cost?
The cost of veneers varies depending on the type of material used, the number and size of your teeth that need correction, and the dentist you choose. Your dentist will give you an estimate based on your individual situation. On average, composite veneers cost between $1,000 and $2,000 per tooth, and porcelain ones range from $1,500 to $3,500 per tooth. In some cases, you may need to undergo more than one procedure before your teeth are ready for veneers. Porcelain veneers are often used in combination with other procedures such as implants or cosmetic dentistry procedures like tooth whitening.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years or even longer if you maintain good oral hygiene. The veneers are extremely durable and can withstand the forces of biting and chewing, so you don’t have to worry about breaking them simply by eating the wrong food. However, smoking or regular coffee drinking can degrade the material and cause your veneers to wear out faster.
How do porcelain veneers work?
Porcelain veneers are made of thin pieces of milled tooth-colored ceramic material that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth. The process involves taking an impression of your teeth using a soft putty-like material that’s placed over your teeth and then removed after several minutes. This is used to create a model in the dental lab using computerized technology.
This model is used as a guide for shaping and preparing your tooth surface for veneer placement. After this preparation stage, the porcelain veneers are fabricated from a high-quality porcelain material that closely resembles natural tooth enamel. The veneer is then placed over the prepared tooth surface with a strong adhesive bonding substance that fuses them together permanently.
Proven ways to make your veneers last longer
The best way to ensure that your investment lasts for years is by taking good care of your teeth and veneers. Here are some tips:
- Brush regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush that has been designed for sensitive gums and teeth.
- Don’t use harsh whitening products or abrasive toothpaste.
- Don’t bite on hard objects or chew ice. Avoid eating sticky foods like candy and chewing gum.
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking something acidic.
- Have your veneers checked every six months to ensure that they are still properly bonded to your teeth and that no cavities have formed underneath them.
Porcelain veneers are an effective way to improve your smile, as long as you know how to care for them properly. If you’re considering porcelain veneers, talk to your dentist about the process and the materials that will be used. They can help you determine if this treatment is right for you.