Learning about Veneers

The teeth

Dental problems can make anyone miserable – and not just physically, but mentally, too. If you have discoloration or other dental issues, you may be a candidate for veneers. Veneers are thin synthetic covers that are permanently attached to your teeth to improve the look of them. They are typically made from either ceramic or porcelain and are specifically designed for each patient’s mouth. Your dentist can use veneers to quickly and easily improve the look of your smile.

How Veneers Work

Veneers cover existing teeth. They are usually used on the front teeth – the ones that show when you smile. To start, your dentist will take precise measurements of your mouth and teeth. The veneers are typically made by a company that specializes in this type of dental work. Once they are ready, your dentist will work on your teeth to prepare them for the veneers. Your existing teeth must be filed down to allow for the proper fit. This is performed immediately prior to having the veneers applied. Once the teeth are prepared, the dentist uses permanent adhesive to attach the veneers. The new-look teeth are then filed and polished to create a professional look.

How to Care for Veneers

While veneers look and feel like regular teeth, they are synthetic. Therefore, proper care is needed so that they last as long as possible. Avoid eating foods that can stain the teeth, because they can get stains that are difficult to remove. Don’t use abrasives on these teeth, as it will harm the surface of the veneer and compromise the quality. Veneers won’t become loose under normal conditions; however, if there is a problem, it’s important to have your dentist look at it immediately. Clean your veneers with a soft brush and gentle toothpaste.

How Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

Veneers aren’t for everyone. Those with numerous dental problems, poor dental hygiene and those who often get cavities may not be a good candidate for veneers. And the opposite is true, too; if you have no dental issues, then ask your dentist if veneers are a good solution. Veneers can eliminate spacing issues, remove gaps between teeth, make teeth appear more uniform, and they can hide discolorations. Veneers, though, aren’t designed to replace dentures.

Is it Covered by my Insurance?

It’s a good news, bad news situation with veneers. The bad news: Veneers are often considered a cosmetic procedure and are rarely covered by insurance plans. Some dentists offer finance options for qualified clients, allowing patients to still get the work done with a down payment and monthly payments.

The good news? They aren’t as expensive as other dental procedures. Traditional porcelain veneers range from $500 to $1,100 (or more) per tooth, according to CostHelper, a website that tracks consumer prices. The cost for four upper front teeth ranges from $2,000 to $4,500. Thinner ones can cost up to $1,300 per tooth or up to $5,500 on the four upper front teeth, according to the site.

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