What are veneers?
Veneers are a thin layer of tooth-colored material that are used to correct imperfections and provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance to the teeth. They are fitted to the front of the teeth in order to change their size, color, length and shape.
Who can benefit from veneers?
People who can benefit most from veneers are those with discolored, misshapen or cracked teeth. Veneers are a long-term alternative to other forms of cosmetic treatment such as teeth-whitening. Unlike teeth whitening, however, veneers can be used to correct all sorts of cosmetic imperfections and provide a perfect, natural-looking smile.
What material are veneers made from?
The most common type of material that’s used for veneers is porcelain. Porcelain is ideal for veneers since it is stain-resistant and also mimics the appearance of real teeth very well. Other materials can be used for veneers too, such as resin composite.
Will I get cavities if I get veneers?
Since veneers are merely coverings, they do not make your teeth any more susceptible to cavities than they otherwise would be. That being said, they also don’t protect your teeth from cavities so regular brushing and flossing is always recommended to extend the lifespan of your veneers.
How long do veneers last?
How long veneers last will depend on how well you take care of your teeth. If you brush and floss regularly and avoid acidic, sugary food and drink then your veneers can last for 20+ years. It’s worth mentioning that veneers can chip or break, just like your regular teeth so you should be careful to avoid very hard foods that could damage them.
How much do veneers cost?
This will depend on a number of factors, including the material of the veneers, the skill and experience of the dentist fitting them and the number of teeth being treated. Typical prices for porcelain veneers range from $1000 to $2500 per tooth.
Are there any alternatives to veneers?
Yes. Depending on what it is you want to correct, your dentist might suggest whitening, bonding and dental crowns as an alternative treatment. It really depends on your budget and what it is you want to achieve.
Do veneers stain?
Generally the answer to this question is no. Porcelain is not susceptible to staining in the same way that regular teeth are. This means you’re able to sustain a perfectly white smile regardless of what you eat and drink. That being said you should still take care to brush regularly since staining can occur at the edges of the veneers where they meet your regular teeth after around 5 years.