Dental veneers are custom-made tooth colored materials, usually made from porcelain, that cover the front of the teeth and change the color, shape and size of the teeth. The two methods of manufacturing dental veneers are the direct method where the dentist directly applies and sculpts the veneer to the front surface of the tooth. The indirect method is when the dentist takes an impression, sends it away to be made and then places a temporary veneer. Once the veneer arrives, it is bonded to the teeth. Before placing veneers, the dentist removes some tooth structure to make room for the veneers. The amount of tooth structure removed depends on the treatment goals.

Ideal patients for dental veneers include people who want to correct misshapen teeth, discolored teeth and teeth with one or more defects. Patients with spaces between their teeth are good candidates as are people with crooked or misaligned teeth that want to improve their smile as well as the overall aesthetic appearance of the mouth.

The cost depends on any fees charged by the doctor or the facility, the geographic location of the treatment and the amount of work involved in the procedure.  In general, veneers cost from $900-$2500 per tooth.

Following the placement of the veneers, patients can return to work, and resume normal activities, the same day. The teeth may be sensitive for a few days but it subsides on its own. The results after placing veneers are seen immediately. Proper oral hygiene is crucial to the longevity of the veneers. Dental veneers might need to be replaced or repaired due to chipping, cracking and wear and tear as a person ages.  In general, dental veneers last anywhere from 7 to 20 years.

Prep and No-Prep Veneers

Prep and No-Prep Veneers

submitted on   Thu Nov, 05, 2015 by Mary Swift, DDS     
A dental veneer is a thin shell of restorative material which is placed over the front surface of the tooth to improve its appearance and protect it from further damage. The veneer is made of either composite or porcelain and it is classified as a prep or no-prep veneer. The classification is...