Dental Veneers

An overview of veneers

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that correct for a number of flaws such as discoloration, misalignment and chipped or cracks in the teeth. Veneers are popular solutions for people wanting to improve their smile because of their strength and durability as well as their resistance to tooth decay and further staining.

A Good Candidate For Veneers

Good candidates for veneers have unwanted cracks or stains in their teeth for which they want an effective solution. Good candidates understand that veneers are permanent and have realistic expectations of the results of treatment.

Types of Veneers

The two main types of veneers are made of porcelain and composite resin. Porcelain veneers are the more popular type of veneer used today because they of their durability and longer-lasting element. Composite veneers are good solutions for patients concerned with cost. Composite veneers are simpler and faster and, consequently, less expensive. Patients may also opt for Lumineers, which are alternatives to veneers though produce similar results. 

Veneers Procedure

The veneers procedure usually requires three meetings with a dentist. The fitst visit is the initial consultation in which you and your dentist will plan the method of treatment. The second stage of the procedure is when you prepare the teeth for the veneers. Your dentist will drill a tiny portion of enamel from the existing teeth. The veneers themselves will make up for this lost enamel. Your dentist will also take a mold of your existing teeth to use as a guide for creating your customized veneers. The third step in the veneers procedure is bonding the permanent veneers to the teeth. Lastly, you falunt your new smile with confidence!

What are Veneers?

Veneers are 0.5 millimeter- thick strips made of either porcelain or composite resin that are custom-made to fit securing on a patient’s teeth. Veneers are bonded to the teeth to correct for a number of flaws. In so doing, veneers enhance one’s smile by making the teeth whiter, brighter, and more aligned.

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Risks and Side Effects of Veneers

Veneers are a permanent dental treatment. Therefore, understanding the risks and side effects of veneers is crucial to optimizing results. Cracking, chipping or tooth decay are possible consequences of veneers. 

Cost of Veneers

The cost of veneers depends on the type of veneer used, the individual dentist’s fee, and the number of veneers one receives. In general, the cost of a single veneer ranges between $700 and $2,000 in the United States.

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