What Are Teeth Veneers?
Teeth veneers are thin porcelain or composite resin shells that are applied to the front surfaces of teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of a variety of different imperfections, such as discoloration, chipped or broken teeth, gaps between teeth, and misaligned or uneven teeth. Veneers are designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth and can be used to create a more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing smile. They are a popular cosmetic dental treatment and can be made from porcelain, composite, or resin materials. Veneers are relatively durable and can last for several years with proper care.
Composite Resin vs Porcelain Teeth Veneers
Composite and porcelain veneers are both types of dental veneers that can be used to improve the appearance of the teeth and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing smile. However, there are some key differences between the two types of veneers:
- Material: Composite veneers are made from a composite resin material, while porcelain veneers are made from a ceramic material. Porcelain veneers look better, last a lot longer, but they are also a lot more expensive.
- Appearance: Porcelain veneers are typically more realistic in terms of color, translucency, and texture, as they are made from a ceramic material that closely mimics the appearance of natural teeth. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are less realistic in appearance and may not be as effective at mimicking the look of natural teeth.
- Durability: Porcelain veneers tend to be more durable than composite veneers, as they are made from a harder and more resistant material. Composite veneers are more prone to chipping and staining and may not last as long as porcelain veneers.
- Cost: Porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite veneers, as they are made from a more advanced and expensive material.
Ultimately, the best type of veneers for a particular patient will depend on their individual circumstances and the specific goals they have for their smile. A dentist will be able to assess the patient’s teeth and discuss the pros and cons of each type of veneer, as well as recommend the best option based on the patient’s needs and budget.
When Should Dental Veneers be Done?
Dental veneers can fix a variety of problems with the appearance and function of teeth, including:
- Discoloration: Veneers can be used to cover up tooth stains that are resistant to traditional whitening treatments.
- Fractured, broken or chipped teeth: Veneers can be used to repair small cracks and defects in teeth.
- Spaces between teeth: Veneers can be used to fill in small gaps between teeth, creating a more cohesive and aesthetically pleasing smile.
- Crooked, poorly aligned or uneven teeth: Veneers can be used to correct minor misalignment issues, or issues where the teeth are not in the correct positions, creating a more symmetrical, smooth and attractive smile line.
In addition to cosmetic benefits, veneers can also have functional benefits. For example, veneers can be used to protect teeth that have been damaged by decay or unsightly cracks. They can also be used to improve the function of teeth that have been worn down or are otherwise not functioning properly in the bite.
It is important to note that veneers are not suitable for all patients and are not a good option for those with severe dental issues or decay. In these cases, other treatment options may be more appropriate such as crowns, root canals or implants.
When is it Best to Do Invisalign Before Getting Veneers?
In many cases it is better to do Invisalign before getting veneers. This is because Invisalign can better align and position your teeth, so they are in a better position before getting veneers. When teeth are in a better position the result for your veneers will be better. And it will reduce the likelihood of complications related to misaligned teeth, such as uneven wear, bite issues and TMJ problems.
Getting Invisalign before doing veneers offers several advantages:
- Better foundation for veneers: Well-aligned teeth provide a more stable foundation for veneers, ensuring they fit properly and last longer.
- Less tooth reshaping and drilling of existing tooth structure: In some cases, teeth need to be reshaped a lot to accommodate veneers. With a properly aligned smile, there will be less tooth reshaping and more of your natural tooth structure will be preserved.
- Improved oral health: Invisalign treatment can improve oral health by making it easier to clean your teeth and reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
What do Dental Veneers Cost?
The cost of dental veneers varies depending on several factors, including the type of veneers being used, the location of the dental practice, the skill of the dentist, quality of materials, and the specific treatment plan. On average, porcelain veneers tend to be the most expensive option, followed by composite veneers, and then resin veneers.
According to the American Dental Association, the average cost of porcelain veneers ranges from $925 to $3,500 per tooth. This means that the total cost of a full set of veneers can range from $9,250 to $35,000 and possibly more depending on how many teeth are getting veneers.
Composite veneers tend to be less expensive than porcelain veneers, with an average cost of $250 to $1,500 per tooth. The total cost of a full set of composite veneers can range from $2,500 to $15,000. Resin veneers are the least expensive option, with an average cost of $250 to $1,000 per tooth. The total cost of a full set of resin veneers can range from $2,500 to $10,000.
It is important to note that these estimates are only rough guidelines and that the actual cost of dental veneers may vary depending on the individual circumstances of the patient. It is always a good idea to discuss the cost of treatment with a dentist before proceeding with treatment. Many dentists offer financing options to help make treatment more affordable.
Porcelain Teeth Veneers Before and After
Why Not to Get Dental Veneers?
While veneers can be an effective cosmetic treatment, there are several reasons why you may want to consider not getting teeth veneers. Teeth veneers are very expensive, and cause permanent damage to your teeth. And dental veneer procedures are unpleasant and sometimes painful and scary.
- High Costs of Dental Cosmetic Procedures
- Dental Veneers are expensive and will need to be redone every 10-15 years
- There may be other better treatment alternatives
- Irreversible damage done to teeth
- Potential procedure complications