For those seeking a more beautiful smile, the high cost of certain tooth restoration options may make it seem like an impossible feat. Thankfully, there is a solution on the market that comes with a more affordable price tag, and it’s formally known as veneers.
Veneers are simply thin sheets of material designed to match the look of your natural smile. These sheets are placed on the front of your teeth using special dental cement. There are two kinds of dental veneers: porcelain (the most popular option) and composite veneers.
What kind of problems do veneers help with?
Veneers can provide a solution for a wide variety of dental needs (which we have listed below) as well as prevent the need for a more extensive dental procedure in the long run.
· Crooked/Uneven Teeth
There are a wide variety of reasons that teeth become crooked or uneven, but when there are minor issues of a crooked smile, veneers could bring your smile back together. Some of the most common reasons that teeth can become crooked is gnashing or grinding.
· Damaged Teeth (Chipped or Cracked)
Over time, the enamel on our teeth can become worn down. This could leave behind chips or cracks that could put a damper on things. To correct this, a thin sheet of composite material or porcelain can be bonded to the tooth to give it a little extra help.
· Decayed Teeth
Again, this is only for the minor issues involving tooth decay. If there is a more serious form of tooth decay present, a crown or other form of dental treatment may be required. There is only so much that a veneer can do, but if decay just started it could very well be the solution.
· Tooth Discoloration
If the discoloration or stains on your teeth are resistant to teeth whitening procedures, your dentist may recommend veneers. This is because of the natural white color that they add when they’re bonded to your teeth. Take care of them and your smile will be white for a long time.
· Worn Enamel
Consuming certain foods and drinks, using medications, and smoking can take their toll on your teeth and wear out their natural enamel. Since veneers can cover the spots with worn enamel, they can provide you with a better barrier to prevent this from happening again.
How much do veneers cost?
There are many different factors that go into how much veneers cost, but for the most part, the following factors are the main driving forces when it comes to determining the price.
· How many teeth will need restoration.
· The amount of prep work that will be involved.
· Whether bite alignment will be necessary.
With these things in mind, the type of veneers that you choose will also play a key part when determining how much it’s going to cost you. We broke it down into the three available options for you below, but keep in mind that x-rays and other services may be added costs depending on your dentist.
· How much do no-prep veneers cost?
No-prep veneers are the most lightweight option of all (with a lifespan of 5-7 years usually) and this provides the opportunity to embrace a cheaper price as well. No-prep veneers cost anywhere between $800 to $1,200.
· How much do porcelain veneers cost?
This is the more traditional approach, and life is easily doubled when compared to no-prep veneers. Just like with any other type of tooth restoration, you do need to take care of them for their longevity to be achieved. Expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 per tooth for porcelain veneers.
· How much does it cost for a full mouth of veneers?
This is one of the most expensive routes to take, but if you’re worried about your smile and the overall health of your teeth, the results can be priceless, to say the least. It is safe to say that you can pay anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000 for a full mouth of veneers dependent upon your specific needs and what kind of work is going to be involved with the process.
Will my insurance pay for veneers?
If your dental insurance allows you to get veneers, the odds are that they will only cover a certain percentage of the overall expense from this dental procedure. However, there are more insurance companies than not that consider this to be a cosmetic procedure, and not medically necessary.
During your initial consultation with your dentist, they will advise you on whether your insurance company can help you pay for your veneers. Since every insurance company is different, there is no general answer to this question.
Other Financing Options for Veneers
Here at Best Dental in Houston, we have a wide portfolio of lenders available to our patients who may need to get their veneers by paying a certain amount for them each month. Down payment may be required depending on your credit history and the requirements of the lender.
Don’t forget that you can also use a Dental Savings Plan to cut the cost of veneers down significantly and save to the beautiful smile you dream of obtaining.
The Bottom Line on Dental Veneers
If things haven’t gotten too bad, veneers are a great option and quite affordable in comparison to other procedures. When taken care of, they can give you the long-lasting results that you want to be able to embrace for many years to come. If you have serious dental health concerns, another option might be more appropriate. Feel free to reach out to us directly to find out if this is the best choice for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Veneers
Are there any risks associated with veneers?
Those with gum disease, weak teeth, or other dental issues (such as being susceptible to grinding your teeth) are not ideal candidates for veneers. However, the procedure itself is safe and comes with a lot less dental work than other methods such as crowns or dental implants.
You might find that your tooth that’s being covered with a veneer may be sensitive to hot/cold, but this only occurs for a brief amount of time during rare occurrences. You will also need to be careful as chipping or cracking it will require a complete replacement since it can’t be repaired any other way.
Are veneers permanent?
While dental veneers have been known to last for decades if taken care of properly and maintained, they’re not a permanent form of tooth restoration. They’re meant to provide dental patients with an affordable and effective solution when they can’t afford more extensive tooth restoration methods.
Can I get veneers if I grind my teeth?
It is not recommended to get veneers if you grind your teeth. The reason being is that grinding your teeth could damage the veneer, making it a failed attempt at fixing your teeth and embracing a more beautiful smile. For those who have teeth grinding issues, it will be best to consult with your dentist (or our office) to get a feel for solutions that might be available to you.
Can veneers fix crooked teeth?
Where there are minor issues with crooked teeth that don’t affect your bite, veneers can actually make your teeth look straight without having to get braces or embrace the power of Invisalign. However, more serious issues with crooked teeth will need to be taken care of in another way.
Can you eat apples with veneers?
Since the material that is used isn’t as strong as dental bonding, you will want to proceed with caution when biting into an apple. There is a chance that it could damage your veneer just like it could happen with any other types of hard or sticky foods.
Do celebrities get veneers or crowns?
For the most part, celebrities will embrace veneers and one look at who’s walking out on the red carpet will prove it as it can be hard to distinguish a smile from the next. However, there are celebrities who have crowns because their dental needs were greater than what veneers could deliver for them.
Do they shave down your teeth for veneers?
Only when traditional veneers are used as this is the only way to make them seem like a better fit with your natural smile. However, for most veneer procedures, they’re made of thin material that allows them to be placed without having to shave your teeth down.
Do veneers look fake?
There have been times when veneers didn’t appear to be natural because of discoloration, but we have found the best approach is to get teeth whitening for your teeth prior to getting veneers. This will help them blend in a little better while your smile shines like a diamond each and every time.
Do veneers ruin your teeth?
No, and the material that’s used can be stronger than the natural enamel of your teeth which provides added benefits. Think of veneers as thin covers for your teeth that correct your smile while protecting the tooth that lies underneath.