Porcelain Dental Veneers
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- What is a veneer?
A veneer is a custom made ceramic or porcelain facing that is bonded onto a tooth. It can make a tooth look whiter. It can also change the shape or alignment of a tooth. It can be used to treat worn teeth or crooked teeth.
- How long will a veneer take?
At the first appointment, we will have a consultation together with you, our lab technician, and the dentist to determine your exact wants and needs. Impressions or models will be made and photographs will be taken. At the second appointment, the teeth are lightly prepared so that the veneers do not appear bulky and blend in naturally. Then temporary veneers are placed that mimic the planned size, shape, and color of the new veneers. At the third appointment, we will evaluate your comfort, function and satisfaction with the temporary veneers. This often skipped-step helps us make sure that your new smile is just what you want. At the final appointment the temporary veneers are removed and the final veneers tried in and with your approval bonded. Now all you have to do is smile until your cheeks get tired. Generally, this process takes 3-4 weeks from start to finish. With our CEREC technology it can be completed in a day. But generally we like to draw this process out a little bit to make sure we get it just right.
- Do veneers hurt?
No. Many times the teeth require no preparation or minimal preparation and the procedure can be completed without anesthetic. If more preparation is required, anesthetic will be used and we will make sure that the procedure is completely comfortable. You can also be sedated for the tooth preparation if desired.
- How long will veneers last?
Veneers are among the longest lasting restorations in dentistry. Most studies have found that they will last 10-20 years. We have seen many cases that have lasted much longer. How long they last will largely depend on how you take care of them. The most common cause for pre-mature failure of a veneer is clenching or grinding your teeth. If you are prone to this condition and are considering veneers a nightguard will be recommended.
- Are veneers safe?
The best dental treatment is usually the most conservative dental treatment. Veneers are more conservative than crowns and not as conservative as orthodontic treatment. Together we can help you better understand any potential risks.
- How much do veneers cost?
$700-900 per tooth or $20-30 per month per tooth to be treated. Generally many of the teeth that show when you smile are treated. If 8 teeth require treatment, the fee would be around $6400. Payments of around $100 per month could be arranged. O.A.C.
- Will my insurance pay for veneers?
Since veneers are generally provided for cosmetic purposes, most patients do not have a benefit for this procedure.
- What are alternatives to veneers?