Veneers were originally created to beautify the smiles of Hollywood actresses back in the 1920’s. They have progressed with dental advancements and now can be used permanently for either straightening teeth, whitening teeth, or hiding an abnormal appearance.
Veneers are usually made from porcelain, which are made from a medical grade ceramic that attaches to the front surface of your teeth. No one can wear veneers made for another person, as they are made individually for each mouth.
Due to advancements in dental technology, today’s veneers are very lifelike and convenient for most everyone to have. The new type of porcelain being used is stronger than in the past, and can reflect light similar to the way natural enamel does.
Your dentist will use digital imaging to create veneers, usually in the same day. These restorations can be a near-perfect match to the shape of your teeth, and natural color. Teeth whitening and crowns are able to be combined with veneers so that the patients can have stunning smiles.
There are several reasons to have veneers added to your dental plan. If your teeth have chips, gaps, discoloration, minor misalignment, or cracks, then you may want to consider having veneers done. However, for veneers to be beneficial to your mouth, you need to have good overall oral and periodontal health. You need to have made a commitment to maintain your oral health and have very specific goals with your dental work that you and your dentist have outlined. Also, if your dentist doesn’t feel you have enough enamel on your teeth, they will probably recommend against it. Veneers have to be applied to the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel to assist with the adherence.
Veneers do not cost the same for each patient. Typically veneers cost several hundreds of dollars per tooth, so the number of veneers you choose to place will directly affect your cost. The cost of veneers can also be affected by the type of veneer you choose. The newer, more durable material tends to cost more than the older materials. Also, if you choose veneers that do not need prep work, or CEREC fabricated veneers, you will increase the cost of your work.
Where you are located in the country may also affect the cost of the veneers. Less populated areas of the country tend to have less expensive veneers than if you live on the East or West coast. Also living in a major metropolitan area may affect the cost of your veneers.
A cosmetic dentist who has taken additional training to become qualified and highly sought after will most likely cost more than a less experienced cosmetic dentist. You will want to take that into consideration when choosing veneers. Choosing a cosmetic dentist who is highly qualified can also make your satisfaction with the veneers more likely.
The decision of whether or not veneers are worth the money is truly up to you. No one can make the decision for you. If the look that you are going for is something that can be obtained with veneers, and you are willing to pay the cost, then you will most likely think veneers are worth the money needed to invest. You want to make sure that the cosmetic dentist you are using will give you the look you are seeking. Settling for a cheaper set of veneers because the cosmetic dentist is less experience may save you money, but you may also be less likely to enjoy your veneers, and you may have more problems than what you solve. You do not want to have someone who will damage your teeth complete your veneers.