A smile is the most prominent feature of the face. For that reason, esthetic dentistry has become a main focus of dentistry. At First Point Dental, we believe in dental veneers being a great solution to help you attain the look you desire. It is one solution for individuals who require recontouring of their teeth for an improved esthetic. A veneer is a thin customized shell made of tooth-colored materials that are then bonded to the front of the teeth The dentist uses veneers to cover a tooth’s front surface to improve the appearance. Plus, it is quite comparable to tooth enamel’s strength and resilience. This dental procedure will protect the tooth surface from damage and will be fixed to the natural teeth through bonding. Plus, one can observe visible improvement in tooth color, length, width, and shape. Post-procedure, one must maintain good oral hygiene every day. Also, regular dental visits are a must for the longevity of veneers.
Types of Dental Veneers
Composite and porcelain are the most commonly used materials in the U.S. today..
- Indirect Porcelain Veneers: The most commonly used dental veneer by dentists in the United States is made from porcelain. Also known as the traditional veneer, the porcelain veneer is a strong, thin cap placed on the front and side portions of the teeth. To attach it to the enamel, the dentist will remove some enamel from the tooth to ensure that it doesn’t appear too bulky and has a natural appearance. The traditional veneers are of the same color as the natural teeth in order to keep the appearance uniform. Traditional veneers’ strength and resilience are almost similar to natural tooth enamel. This veneer is best suited for individuals with teeth that are in poor shape, are fractured, and/or discolored. A porcelain veneer can solve the problem of individuals with teeth that are resistant to whitening (Bleaching).
- Direct Composite Veneers: Composite veneers are almost the same as porcelain veneers except they are more affordable and require less enamel to be removed. In some cases, there might be no removal of enamel at all. They’re easier to replace than porcelain veneers in the event of damage as this procedure is performed in the mouth with filling material. Also known as bonded veneers, they are made of resin composite material to replace the damaged tooth’s front surfaces. They are popular among people with teeth resistant to whitening. They are more vulnerable to problems like chipping or staining with a probability of more dentist visits than porcelain veneers. These veneers however are a more affordable option as opposed to porcelain and are sometimes pursued for financial reasons.
- Veneers Procedure: Usually, a minimum of 3 separate dental visits is required before the case is completed. The first visit is a consultation followed by preparation and construction. The final visit would be the application of the dental veneers. Talk to the dentist beforehand if you’re planning to undergo the veneer procedure for multiple teeth.
On the first visit, you’ll consult your dentist for the right veneer choice for you. After that, the procedure and the costs involved will be explained to you in detail.
Preparation and Construction of Dental Veneer
- Before the procedure, the dentist would make minor adjustments in the mouth.
- Some portion of enamel would be shaped to accommodate the placement of veneers.
- Secondly, the dentist will check and deduce whether or not you need local anesthesia during the procedure.
- Then, the dentist will prepare an impression of the tooth or teeth where the veneers are to be placed.
- Finally, the impression will be sent to the lab for the design and fabrication of the veneers.
- The whole process will take a few weeks before the lab dispatches the customized veneers to your dentist.
Applying the Veneers
- At your final appointment, the dentist will evaluate the “fit” of the veneers
- The shade is checked before the dentist bonds the veneers to the teeth.
- Your dentist will shape and adjust your veneers if need be.
- The teeth will also be cleaned and polished before the bonding procedure.
- A special cement mixture is used for the bonding process of the veneer with the tooth.
- To accelerate the bonding process, the dentist will employ a special light.
- The dentist will remove any excess cement and check the fit repeatedly.
- The dentist might make a final adjustment before completing the process.
Cost of Veneers
Veneers are not covered by insurance providers as it is purely cosmetic.
- Porcelain veneer average cost- S1, 000- $2,500
- Composite veneer average cost- $600-$1,500
The cost of the procedure depends upon factors like locality, dentist expertise, and additional dental process.
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers improve the appearance of your teeth while giving you a brighter smile. Also, dentists use the procedure to correct other cosmetic occurrences such as:-
- Discolored teeth that can’t be brightened with teeth whitening procedures
- Gaps in the teeth
- Smaller than average-sized teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Pointed teeth