Many local dentist offices employ cosmetic dentists who provide a variety of services. One you’ve probably heard of is veneers. But what are veneers, and how do they work?
What are Veneers?
Veneers are porcelain or composite shells attached to your existing teeth. Traditionally, enamel is removed from the tooth (a painless process) and replaced by the veneer.
However, newer processes allow for very little or no tooth reduction prior to placement. These kinds of veneers can also be placed quickly (in just a couple hours) and may be more affordable.
Regardless of kind, veneers feel just like your natural teeth once they are in place.
What Problems Do Veneers Address?
Veneers can be used to cover chips, cracks, gaps and staining on the teeth. They can provide the appearance of a perfectly bright, white, straight smile—without long processes like braces.
If you’re only concerned about tooth staining, you may want to consider teeth whitening at the dentist instead, as it may be a little more affordable. However, the result will not be as long-lasting; veneers last an average of 10 years, maintenance-free.
What is the Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry?
Most patients considering veneers or a similar treatment have the same question: How much does cosmetic dentistry cost? The cost of cosmetic dentistry can be very manageable, especially since more and more insurance companies are offering coverage for cosmetic procedures.
And if you’re considering investing in Veneers, keep two things in mind. First, porcelain veneers add strength to your teeth. They can also reduce sensitivity and prevent decay. So while veneers are an aesthetic enhancement, they offer practical benefits as well.
And second, remember that Grandma’s saying is still true: A smile is the best cosmetic. The confidence you gain may be worth your out-of-pocket cost.