Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells attached to the front of your teeth to disguise cosmetic flaws and give you a beautiful, even smile.
If you are considering dental veneers to improve the appearance of your smile, there are several crucial questions to ask to determine whether veneers are worth it.
What Conditions Can Veneers Treat?
Veneers are a cosmetic treatment intended to mask dental flaws by changing your tooth’s size, color, or shape. Veneers are often recommended for conditions, including:
- Severely worn teeth
- Minor chips
- Teeth that are stained intrinsically due to medications such as tetracycline
- Teeth that appear patchy due to excess fluoride
- Gapped teeth
- Teeth that are misaligned or irregularly shaped
- Microdontia (small teeth)
Veneers are not restorative and cannot repair severe damage, such as broken teeth, fractures, cavities, or root canal infections.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers last longer than composite. You can expect your porcelain veneers to last between 10 and 20 years with the right care.
Ensure that you brush and floss twice daily and use an antibacterial mouthwash once per day. Though less prone to staining than composite, porcelain veneers can become discolored over time due to poor oral hygiene. Unfortunately, veneers cannot be professionally whitened, so it is crucial to have a consistent hygiene routine to prevent staining.
You should also avoid using your teeth as tools to tear open packages and minimize your consumption of hard foods, such as nuts, candy, or ice. Porcelain veneers are only cemented to the front of your tooth and cannot withstand the same type of bite force as a natural tooth.
How Much Do They Cost?
Several factors impact the total cost of veneers, such as the material used, the number of teeth that require treatment, and the condition of your oral health.
Porcelain veneers are more costly than composite veneers because they are more durable and have a more natural appearance. Veneers are priced per tooth, so the more veneers you require, the more expensive the procedure.
If you suffer from advanced gum disease or have cavities, these issues need to be addressed before the veneers can be applied, adding to the total overall veneer cost.
Is the Procedure Invasive?
At Blue Island Smiles, we offer premium quality porcelain veneers custom-made to fit your mouth. Porcelain veneers are irreversible because your dentist must remove a thin layer of enamel from the tooth to accommodate the ceramic shell, so it is considered a minimally invasive procedure.
Before treatment, your dentist applies a local anesthetic to the area around the tooth, ensuring you remain comfortable while your teeth are prepared. After shaving down the enamel layer, your dentist takes impressions of the tooth, which are used to fabricate your porcelain veneer. They then attach a temporary veneer to the tooth while you wait for the veneers to be crafted.
At your next appointment, the temporary veneer is removed, the permanent porcelain veneer is cemented in place, and the bonding agent is cured with a UV light.
The appearance and longevity of your porcelain veneers depend on the expertise of your dentist. For veneers that give you the most natural-looking smile, contact Blue Island Smiles to schedule your consultation.