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Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are possibly the most versatile treatment available to dentists and their patients. The thin tooth-shaped shells are typically made of porcelain or composite materials, and they can be bonded atop the natural teeth to conceal a number of flaws in the smile’s aesthetics.

How are dental veneers used?

A dentist may place dental veneers to address a variety of issues in a patient’s smile, such as cracked, stained or chipped teeth. Veneers can also be used to create the illusion of perfectly aligned teeth in an otherwise crooked stretch of the smile.

Dental veneers can be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as tooth whitening, as part of a smile makeover. Alternatively, veneers can offer a more conservative intervention than other restorations that require removal of more tooth material, like dental crowns.

What is involved in the dental veneers procedure?

One of the qualities of dental veneers that patients find most attractive is the relatively short treatment timeline. Including treatment planning and veneer placement, the entire dental veneers procedure is generally completed in a matter of weeks.

The entire process takes place over two appointments. At the first session, the dentist discusses treatment goals with the patient and takes impressions that are used in the creation of the veneers. Those impressions are sent to a dental laboratory that will then craft the veneers. The dentist may also remove a thin layer of enamel at this first appointment to make room for the veneers.

The patient’s veneers are usually ready within 2-3 weeks. At that time, the patient returns to the dentist to have the veneers placed. The patient has the opportunity to inspect the veneers and request any addition changes in terms of shade and shape. These further adjustments can only be made before the veneers are attached to the teeth. As the final step, the dental veneers are placed using a strong dental cement. When cared for properly, veneers can last for up to 10 years.

Once the veneers are bonded to the teeth, their shade cannot be altered. The materials used in veneers will not respond to teeth whitening treatments, so patients who want to have their biological teeth whitened should do so prior to veneer placement.

How much do dental veneers cost?

Each patient’s case is unique, and a number of factors will influence the cost of this treatment, including the number of veneers that will be needed. Your dentist can discuss the dental veneers price estimate with you at your initial evaluation.

Patients who want to improve on minor flaws in their smile’s appearance should consider dental veneers as a possible solution. Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists to learn more about how dental veneers may benefit you.

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