While dental veneers aren’t for everyone, they can be a great choice if you’ve considered and eliminated less permanent options to improve the appearance of your smile. A good cosmetic dentist can make them look amazingly natural. Veneers are thin shells that are attached to your natural teeth to make them look better. They permanently change your teeth, so you will have to replace them if they become damaged.
Reasons to get veneers
Dental veneers are a good option for people who want to cover discolored, chipped, or uneven teeth, or those who have a gap between their teeth. They can dramatically improve your smile. However, they don’t replace your natural teeth and need a firm base to bond to, so if you have a lot of tooth decay or damage to your teeth, it’s best to explore other options.
What are the options?
The average cost of veneers ranges from $500-2000 per tooth, depending on several factors, including what kind of veneers you need. Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover the cost of dental veneers because it is a cosmetic change and not a necessity. Of the two types of dental veneers, composite resin veneers can be expected to last 5 to 7 years, and porcelain veneers can often be expected to last as long as 15 years. The composite variety is less expensive, but some find that they look less like natural teeth and are easier to discolor.
How to choose a dentist
You should be careful when choosing a cosmetic dentist to veneer your teeth. Because some of the enamel has been removed from your natural teeth, you can’t go back to your original smile and want a skilled dentist willing to work with you to design your perfect smile. Be sure to check reviews. The last thing you want is to be stuck with ugly tooth veneers that make you unhappy.
Caring for your dental veneers
It is important to keep up with the regular care of your teeth and new veneers. Always follow the advice your dentist gives you for taking care of your mouth. The better you care for your new smile, the longer it will last before needing to be replaced. Visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned and checked, and don’t ignore signs of tooth decay. The sooner you treat the decay around your veneers, the more likely you are to keep your radiant smile looking its best!