Veneers, like crowns and bonding, are usually used for cosmetic whitening purposes by people who also require structural work on their teeth. Veneers are used to straighten spaces in between teeth that have become chipped or worn. Veneers work well if your teeth are slightly crooked or poorly shaped. Veneers also have the ability to lengthen your teeth.
How Porcelain Veneers Work
Veneers are thin shells custom-made to cover the front of your tooth. While crowns are used when a tooth’s structure is decayed and weak, veneers require that the underlying structure of a tooth is strong and intact. Getting a veneer put on requires at least two visits to the dentist. On your first visit, your dentist will take a model of your tooth. Then a dental technician in a lab will create a veneer based on this model and return it to your dentist for installation. Getting a veneer is usually an irreversible process because it’s necessary to remove some enamel from your tooth in order to put the shell snugly on the tooth.
How Long do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Like crowns, veneers last about 10-15 years, with the color remaining white throughout the life of the veneer with regular brushing habits. Veneers usually resist staining well, but it’s still recommended that you avoid excessive consumption of coffee, tea and red wine. Also, if you grind or clench your teeth, veneers can chip or fracture. When a veneer breaks, it can’t be repaired, but must be completely replaced.
Porcelain Veneer Side Effects
Sometimes veneers can make your teeth feel bulky and impede your speech. Usually these effects are slight, and if they continue to be bothersome, your dentist can usually modify the veneer.
Porcelain Veneers Cost
Costly but less expensive than crowns, veneers range from $600 to $1200 per tooth. However, if you have to replace the veneer prematurely because you grind your teeth, replacement costs might add up.
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