Just like dental bonding, veneers (or laminates as they’re sometimes called) are a restorative cosmetic procedure that may be used to repair cracks, blemishes, and fractures that appear on the tooth. However, that’s where the similarities between the two treatments end.
While cosmetic dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin directly onto the affected area, veneers or laminates are customized, super thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the natural tooth. The porcelain material used in dental veneers is more durable than the putty-like substance used in dental bonding and produces longer lasting results.
Additionally, because veneers are attachments they can also be used to correct unsightly gaps or to straighten the appearance of crooked teeth. Finally, and unlike dental bonding, porcelain is highly resistant to coffee, tea, and red wine staining so they maintain their beautiful appearance for years. All things considered, dental veneers are becoming more popular particularly among celebrities and many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Fortunately, veneers are a cost-effective treatment, so you don’t have to be a Hollywood A-Lister to afford them.
What is the Process for Veneers?
The placement of dental veneers occurs over a number of weeks and is carried out in three main phases.
Your first appointment will be used for planning and preparation. Here, we will discuss your smile goals, oral health, and take any necessary impressions. At this time, we will also go over the cost of treatment and your financial options. Once we have collaboratively created a personalized treatment plan, we will schedule your next visit to prepare the tooth for bonding the veneers.
If necessary, a local anesthetic may be used to keep you comfortable throughout the tooth modification process. Next, we will remove a thin layer of the enamel and shape your tooth for the veneers to fit properly. Once the desired shape is achieved, additional impressions will be taken and sent to the lab. The lab will create your veneers with these impressions and it usually takes about a month to receive the final product. If you would like, our team can place temporary veneers to provide you with a more appealing smile while you wait for the final version.
The first step is to remove any temporary veneers you’ve had placed. Next, we will go through a series of temporarily placing the veneer, examining its shape and size, and making any minor adjustments to it. Once both you and our team are fully satisfied with the appearance, your tooth will be cleaned and etched to allow for a strong bond between the veneer and your tooth. A dental cement will then be applied and we will incorporate a special light to fully activate it. The final steps including trimming any excess cement and examining your bite for maximum comfort.
You should care for your veneers as diligently as you would your natural teeth. A solid dental hygiene foundation includes brushing at least twice daily in 2-minute increments. Additionally, you should be flossing at least once per day and incorporating an alcohol-free mouthwash into your routine. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night, please speak with our team as using a nightguard can help protect your porcelain veneers.
How much are veneers?
The veneers cost ranges depending on how many veneers you’re having placed and how much prep work is needed beforehand. During your first visit, our team will provide you with a full cost breakdown and create a financial plan with you.
How long do veneers last?
With proper care, veneers can last up to fifteen years or longer. Once your veneers have been placed, our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions and tips to increase your dental veneers’ longevity.
Why should I get veneers?
Porcelain veneers can correct a multitude of dental problems and offer you a uniform, beautiful smile with little invasive procedures. During your initial consultation, our team will discuss the advantages specific to your smile and determine whether veneers are the right treatment for you.