Veneers are tooth-colored custom shells of dental porcelain that are bonded onto the visible (front) part of a tooth’s surface to recreate a natural look. Since veneers are individually customized for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.
Here at Dental Associates West, we use Vivaneers by Glidewell Lab.
Purpose of Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can provide strength for teeth that have a weakened structure. Many times, little to no natural tooth structure is removed to make a teeth veneer, and usually no shots are necessary for a veneers procedure.
Porcelain veneers are strong and durable, provide a natural-looking surface, and don’t stain easily. Tooth veneers can help correct a range of dental issues that include:
- Permanently whitening teeth. By being bonded to teeth with a bleach-shade cement, veneers whiten teeth that otherwise can’t be whitened by bleaching.
- Reshaping minor crooked or worn teeth.
- Filling in uneven spaces or large gaps (diastemas) between teeth.
Who is a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Anyone with healthy gums who would like to correct gaps, tooth color, or chips in the teeth is a good candidate for dental veneers. Since teeth and gums have to be healthy, any disease or decay will need to be treated prior to a veneers procedure.
Veneers may not be a good choice for those who clench or grind their teeth as thin veneers can chip or break.
What You Need to Know About Veneers
Before getting veneers, there is some important information to be aware of that your veneers dentist will discuss with you. Some of this information includes the following:
- Like any dental restoration, over time and with normal wear, veneers may come loose and you may need to get new veneers.
- Since veneers can chip just like real teeth, it is important to avoid biting your fingernails, grinding your teeth, and chewing on hard objects, such as ice.
- Even though as little tooth enamel as possible is removed when getting veneers, the process cannot be undone once enamel is removed.
- Cavities can still form under and around veneers. For this reason, it is very important to maintain a regular dental hygiene regimen that includes brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
If you have any questions about cosmetic veneers, or would like to schedule an appointment for a porcelain veneers procedure, contact us today.
Costs and Payment Options
The cost of dental crowns and bridges varies, depending on factors such as underlying dental conditions that may need to be treated and the material used to make the prosthesis. Patients who have dental insurance may find that their insurance will cover at least some of the cost, if the crown or bridge is necessary for maintaining oral health.
We welcome any questions you may have about procedure costs and payment options and will do whatever we can to come up with solutions for you. Contact us today to learn more.