A veneer is a thin porcelain covering placed on top of a tooth to improve its overall appearance. If you have crooked teeth, the application of veneers can help correct it. They are also often referred to as dental porcelain laminates. Veneers are the perfect solution for anyone who wants to change the color, shape, size, and length of their teeth.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
If they can do such a miracle to your teeth, then they must cost a lot. Depending on the material used, the average cost of getting dental veneers is around $250 to $2,500 per tooth. Porcelain veneers are more expensive than indirect or direct composite resin alternative. But their biggest advantage is that they can last up to 15 years before they’ll need replacement. Before you decide on which type to get, please consult your dentist first.
If you don’t have a dentist yet, it is essential that you find one that you can trust. He or she should be able to discuss your upfront cost and long-term expenses once you’ve had your veneers in place. Ask your dentist if he is partnered with any insurance company that may help cut down what you have to pay. Always remember that veneers are on a ‘per-unit’ basis. If you have them placed on all six of your front teeth, expect to pay an upfront cost that is multiplied by six.
Also, don’t overlook the cost of unexpected repairs. Problems may be encountered when you least expect it. Veneers have a survival rate of 95% – but hey, who knows what may happen? It’s better to be prepared for some chipping and breaking than to be without money for some minor repairs or replacement.
Advantages of Veneers
- They improve the look of your smile.
- They look natural as compared to other cosmetic dental treatments.
- They’re durable and last a long time.
- They match the appearance of your existing teeth.
- They correct multiple flaws – discoloration, spaces, fractures, etc.
- They can be combined with other cosmetic treatments.
- They provide instant improvements to your teeth.
- The treatment is relatively quick to complete.
- They are set firmly to the teeth, so you are good to go with your normal activities after the anesthesia wears off.
- Aside from restoring the good appearance of your teeth, veneers also strengthen them.
- They are customized to give you a more personal smile.
Disadvantages of Veneers
Just like any other treatment, veneers also have their weak spots. But there is nothing to be alarmed about as most of them are minor.
- Their color and shape cannot be altered once they’re in place.
- If you’re fond of clenching and grinding, veneers are not a good choice for you.
- They cost more expensive than other cosmetic dental treatments.
- If they break or chip, you need to have them replaced.
- They give the best results on healthy teeth – no tooth decay and possibly no fillings.
- You need to have them replaced after ten to twenty years, especially if your gums have shrunk.
- You may become more sensitive to food or beverages that are too hot or too cold.
Your dentist will be able to discuss everything with you – from the cost to the pros and cons of getting veneers. Value the input of a good dentist because if he thinks that it is not the best solution for you, he will suggest one that will work better.