Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells that dentists can place on the front of the teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can hide stained, chipped, and uneven teeth.
For some people, having damaged or discoloured teeth can affect their confidence or self-esteem. Dental veneers provided by our dentists in Coral Springs can help improve the appearance of the teeth.
This article discusses what dental veneers are, the different types of dental veneers available, the costs, the benefits, and the dental veneer fitting procedure.
Dental veneers are custom fittings designed to help hide or correct dental damage, including:
- stains and discoloration
- chips and small missing pieces
- tooth decay
- gaps between the teeth
Dental veneers help improve the appearance of a person’s teeth. They may benefit people who want a long-term solution to persistent cosmetic concerns — particularly those who do not respond to other dental treatments, such as teeth whitening, braces, or retainers.
During placement, a dentist will typically remove a small amount of enamel, the thin, protective outer covering of the teeth. Because of this, once the dentist places the veneers, a person cannot remove them or choose not to use them.
There are two types of veneers: porcelain and resin-based composite. The following sections will outline these options in more detail.
Porcelain veneers are strong, thin caps that a dentist can place on the tops and sides of the teeth.
To attach them, the dentist will remove enamel from the tooth before placing them. Porcelain veneers have the same colour as natural teeth, but it is possible to make them whiter to brighten the smile.
Resin-based composite veneers
Resin-based composite veneers are similar to porcelain veneers but are less expensive and require less enamel removal. Sometimes, a dentist may not have to remove enamel before placing the composite veneer.
Composite veneers are usually easier to replace if broken or damaged than porcelain veneers.
Which type is best?
Porcelain and resin-based composite veneers look similar, but some key differences exist. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), these differences include:
|usually requires enamel removal
|may not require enamel removal
|usually 1 appointment
|last around 20 years
|last around 5 years
|will not stain
|may stain over time
|less likely to chip or fracture
|more likely to chip or break
|more difficult to fix
|easier to fix
Porcelain veneers offer a slightly more natural, tooth-like appearance and can cover more discoloured, malformed teeth.
The type of veneer a person chooses will depend on their budget, needs, and preferences. A dentist can help them decide which type of dental veneer will work best.
Dental veneers, crowns, and implants can all improve the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. However, there are differences between them.
One difference between veneers, crowns, and implants is the tooth area each option covers.
Dental veneers mainly cover the front of a tooth. By contrast, crowns cover the entire tooth, including the front, back, and all the sides. As a result, dentists use crowns to repair broken teeth, including teeth with little structure left. Crowns can also help strengthen the teeth they cover.
Implants, meanwhile, are bolt-like structures that attach to the jawbone to replace missing teeth.
When necessary, a dentist may use an implant to secure a crown in the mouth. This may be the case if a person is missing a tooth or a tooth is irreparable because it is too badly broken down and requires removal.
Essentially, dentists use crowns to build up teeth that are badly damaged, whereas implants replace missing teeth. Veneers improve the appearance of teeth that are mostly still intact.
Dental veneers range in price based on the number of teeth a person needs to cover and the expertise of the person performing the procedure.
According to the ADA, a person can expect to pay between $925 and $2,500 per tooth.
These costs are approximate and can vary based on:
- The type of veneer
- The amount of preparation necessary before the procedure
- A person’s geographical location
Since most insurance companies consider veneers a cosmetic procedure, most insurance plans will not cover the cost.
According to the ADA, how the dental veneer procedure goes depends on the type of veneer a person chooses.
The following sections will outline the process for each type below.
To fit porcelain veneers, a dentist will remove some enamel and take an impression of the teeth to create a mould.
After this initial visit, they will send the mould to a laboratory that fabricates the custom-fit porcelain veneers. The dentist may place temporary veneers on the teeth while a person waits for the laboratory to make the permanent ones.
At the next appointment, the dentist will test whether or not the veneers fit and are a good colour, and they will make any adjustments as needed. Then, the dentist will bond the veneers to the teeth.
Resin-based composite veneers
The dentist will clean, reshape, and prepare the teeth to fit resin-based composite veneers. After they prepare the teeth, they will bond and sculpt the composite material, adjusting the colour so that the veneers look natural in the person’s mouth.
Then, the dentist will use a light to dry and harden the composite material. Once the veneers have hardened, the dentist will smooth and polish them to look and feel like real teeth.
After the placement of veneers, the dentist may want to check them in a follow-up appointment. During this, they will ensure the veneers have stayed in place and are comfortable for the wearer.
This is a good opportunity for a person to mention if any of the veneers do not feel right, as a dentist can help fix them.
A person with new dental veneers does not need to avoid any particular foods or beverages following their appointment.
That said, because veneers may stain over time, a person may want to avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and other things that can cause stained teeth to make them last longer.
The dentist may also advise against:
- biting hard objects
- biting the nails
- using a mouthguard
- grinding the teeth
- chewing very hard foods
- opening items with the teeth
A person may notice rough patches on the veneers. This should improve over time. If not, a person can have their dentist smooth them. Rough patches occur when a dentist leaves extra bonding material on the veneers.
Also, a person can still develop cavities even though they have veneers, so it is important to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing the teeth twice daily and flossing daily.
With the right care, a person can expect their veneers to last around 10 years. After this time, a person may need to replace them.
How long veneers last may vary based on the materials the dentist uses and how well the person takes care of them. A person can talk to their dentist about time frames for replacement veneers.
Consult South Florida Dental Center
In conclusion, if you want to improve your teeth’ beauty and function, you must see an experienced cosmetic dentist. To enhance both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your teeth, it’s essential to consult a seasoned cosmetic dentist. At South Florida Dental Centre, Dr. Daniel Cohen, an adept cosmetic dentist, presents tailored solutions to your objectives and requirements, including exceptional outcomes with porcelain veneers. Collaborating closely with you, Dr. Cohen and the proficient team will define your desired outcomes and personalize the approach to suit your needs.
If you’re ready to obtain a beautiful, confident smile, we invite you to arrange a consultation with Dr. Daniel Cohen at South Florida Dental Centre. Our team is dedicated to assisting you in choosing the best cosmetic dentistry treatment that meets your needs and gives you the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us today to begin your journey towards a bright smile.