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Description

Veneers are thin tooth colored laminates (or shells), made from porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material which are bonded to the teeth to transform the appearance of crooked, stained, damaged or worn teeth.


Length of Surgery

Two appointments or more are needed, and the length of the treatment depend on the condition of the teeth and on how many veneers are applied


In/Outpatient

Outpatient


Anesthesia

Local anesthetic is used for the filing and shaping part of veneers treatment


Back to work in...

Immediately


Treatment Frequency

Veneers need to be replaced every 5 – 10 years, depending on the material that the veneers are made of


Risks

Poor oral hygiene can lead to decay and gum disease forming under and around the veneers after treatment


Cost

Cost varies depending on the extent of the treatment and where you live. You can typically expect to pay $900 to $2,500 per tooth


Duration of results

5 – 10 years



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Cost of Veneers*

Veneers cost varies depending on the extent of the treatment and where you live. You can typically expect to pay $900 to $2,500 per tooth.

These fees are averages only. Fees do not include anesthesia, dental clinic facilities or other related expenses. Please make sure that you ask your dentist for all fees relating to your procedure or treatment.

Most dental clinics offer flexible financing and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

If you are considering having veneers but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your dentist, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans that will allow you to achieve the smile you desire.

Am I a candidate for Veneers?

Suitable candidates for veneers treatment include patients with crooked, stained, gappy or damaged teeth. Veneers may not be suitable for you if you have unhealthy teeth, you do not have enough tooth enamel, or if you habitually grind your teeth. It is very important that you have healthy gums, as gum disease may mean that you are not suitable for veneers treatment. Your dental surgeon will be able to advise you if veneers are suitable for you.

Veneers Definition

Veneers can create a complete smile makeover for people who have crooked, stained, damaged or worn teeth. Veneers are extremely thin tooth colored laminates (or shells), made from porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material. These laminates are bonded to the front surface of the teeth to improve their appearance and give the patient a beautiful, confident new smile.

What is a Veneers Procedure?

Patients choose to have veneers for a number of reasons, and many patients who have veneers do so to improve their self confidence by improving their smile. A precise shade of veneer can be chosen to match the surrounding teeth to improve a single discolored or stained tooth or to generally lighten front teeth. Reasons for seeking veneers treatment include: 

  • Crooked teeth – for teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers bonded onto these teeth can give an instant makeover. Teeth that are severely crooked may benefit from orthodontics or Invisalign braces.
  • Stained teeth – substances such as tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can stain your teeth permanently, and sometimes teeth whitening alone is not sufficient to improve the appearance of badly stained teeth. Veneers can cover up these permanent stains and instantly improve the appearance of your teeth.
  • "Gappy" teeth – spaces between the teeth can be fixed using dental veneers to cover the gaps and make the teeth appear even.
  • Damaged teeth – teeth that have been broken or chipped due to trauma, or that have become worn (perhaps as a result of tooth grinding) can be repaired using composite veneers or porcelain veneers.
Veneers are solidly bonded or cemented into place, but sometimes they can become loose and fall off. To make your veneers last as long as possible it is important to follow a good oral hygiene program and keep regular check-up appointments with your dentist.

Types of veneers
  • Porcelain veneer – this is the most popular type of veneer. Strong and durable, porcelain veneers are natural looking and less prone to staining than composite veneers. Porcelain veneers last between five and 10 years.
  • Composite veneers – these veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers, but only last for one to two years. They are more likely to stain than porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are best suited to treating tooth chips, rather than whole teeth, as they allow for preserving the natural tooth structure.
Brand names for tooth veneers include:
  • Lumineers – similar to porcelain veneers but made from a very thin, strong material. Lumineers remove the need for the original tooth surface to be trimmed, which means a fast and painless treatment.
  • Da Vinci veneers – similar to Lumineers in material and popular with celebrities for instant Hollywood smile makeovers.
  • MAC veneers – veneers made in a laboratory in Dublin using pressed ceramic porcelain. MAC veneers are two to three times stronger than other dental veneers, long lasting, and are less prone to staining. 

How are Veneers Done?

When you have your initial consultation with your veneer dentist, the dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your expectations for your veneers procedure. The veneer dentist will fully explain the veneers procedure to you and the likely costs.

Your veneer dentist will first numb the teeth and gums using novocaine, a local anesthetic. This ensures that you do not feel anything during the veneers procedure. The dentist will then prepare the front surfaces of your teeth by reshaping them to accommodate the new veneers. This is done by shaving off a small part of the front tooth surface (about 0.3 to 0.5 millimeter - the thickness of a fingernail) using a burr (a dental drill or file).

The dentist then takes an impression of your teeth using dental putty in a tray which is placed into your mouth and pushed up onto the teeth to be treated. This imprint is then sent off to the dental laboratory, where they use the impression of your teeth to cast a mould which they use to accurately make up your dental veneers. You will need to wait for around two to three weeks for the veneers to be made. Your dentist may fit temporary veneers while you wait for your new veneers to be made, because the prepared teeth are more sensitive to air and the cold. Check with your dentist to find out if they provide this service as part of the whole cost, or if this will incur an additional cost.

When the veneers are ready, you will return to your veneers dentist to have them fitted. The veneer may need to be trimmed to precisely fit over your existing tooth. Your teeth are then cleaned and the front surface is roughened using an acid gel, which helps the veneer to cement effectively to the original tooth. One the veneers are bonded onto your teeth, using dental cement and a bonding light, the remaining cement is removed and the veneer is polished to complete your mouth makeover.

Questions to Ask a Dentist about Veneers

Here is an essential check list of questions you may want to ask your perfectyourself.com dental professional:

  1. Am I a good candidate for veneers?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. How long will the procedure take?
  4. What kind of anesthesia or pain relief is used?
  5. What is your experience in performing veneers?
  6. Can I see your qualifications?
  7. Ask to see any before and after photographs of recent veneer procedures?
  8. What percentages of your veneers patients have had significant post-treatment complications?
  9. How much will my veneers cost?
  10. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  11. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  12. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  13. What is the recovery and healing period for veneers? When can I resume full normal activity?
  14. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?
  15. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

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