What Are Porcelain Veneers?
porcelain veneers are shell-like thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain or composite that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry used to correct common dental imperfections, change the look of your teeth and improve your smile. With veneers, you can change the length, shape and size of your tooth as well as the color, resulting in an improved smile.
Veneers are used to repair cracked teeth, correct spacing or alignment problems, and to cover tooth discoloration. They are durable and stain-resistant and add a layer of protection when tooth enamel is worn. Your cosmetic dentist will determine the right size and shape for your veneers and will work with you to select the best color. A color chart is available to help you with your selection of the optimum shade to match or alter the color of your teeth or create a new brilliant color. Once you and your dentist select the right veneers for you, the dentist or technician makes an impression of your teeth and creates a model for the laboratory. The lab uses the model to customize veneers to make them look natural.
Prior to placement of your veneers, your dentist will prepare your teeth by shaping them just enough so that the custom-made veneers will fit properly over the surface of each tooth. You’ll wear temporary veneers while you’re waiting for your permanent set, which will give you a chance to get used to their feel.
How Long Will Porcelain Veneers Last?
Veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years, sometimes much longer. Although veneers don’t require special maintenance, it is necessary to treat your veneers with care and practice good oral hygiene habits. Certain conditions like bruxism (grinding of teeth) cause excess wear on veneers resulting in chipped or cracked veneers. Your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard while you are sleeping to protect teeth and veneers from grinding damage. If grinding is severe your dentist may determine that you are not a good candidate for veneers and can make other recommendations.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
A number of factors impact the cost of veneers. The final cost is determined by individual dentist and laboratory fees, the number of teeth requiring application, and whether or not your dental insurance covers payment of the procedure. The cost of material must also be factored in since porcelain veneers are more expensive than indirect or direct composite resin veneers.
Cosmetic procedures, including veneers, are usually considered elective treatments by most insurance companies and are not typically covered by insurance. In certain circumstances, a dentist may recommend using a veneer to correct a dental health issue. In this case, the dentist may be able to obtain payment authorization from the insurance company. Your smile is important to us so when insurance doesn’t cover the treatment you need, Village Dental offers a NO-INTEREST plan through Care Credit, which allows you to make affordable payments.
Choose a Dentist Who is Right for You
Today there are more options than ever before for correcting dental imperfections. Thanks to advancements in technology, a crown is no longer the only method of covering a tooth. Before you begin any cosmetic treatment, it’s important to choose a dentist who’s right for you, one with whom you can have a successful, comfortable relationship. Your dentist should have the necessary skills and experience to perform the treatment you need and to get you the results you desire.
Utah Porcelain Veneers
Village Dental takes pride in our years of progressive experience. We are trained in state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques, and we work closely with our patients to determine which cosmetic treatment is just the right one.
Our dental practice is conveniently located in Holladay, Utah and has provided quality, gentle dentistry to families in the Salt Lake City area for over 50 years. If you are interested in Utah porcelain veneers and would like to learn more, please schedule a consultation with us today.