If you're looking for a solution to your dental imperfections, veneers might be an excellent option. These custom-crafted shells can cover stains, chips, gaps, and crooked teeth. Veneers come in either porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are durable but also more expensive.
Veneers are an investment in your smile, which leave many wondering—are veneers worth it? Learning more about them and weighing the pros and cons is essential to decide if they are worth it for you.
The Process of Getting Veneers
Getting veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers and help anchor them in place. This part is irreversible. However, modern veneers are very different from what they were years ago. When veneers first came to market, it was necessary to shave down the teeth very closely to make space for dental veneers. But today's veneers are sometimes as thin as a contact lens, requiring very minimal tooth shaving and, in some instances, none at all.
Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab where the veneers will be custom fitted to your teeth. When your veneers are ready, your dentist will bond them to your teeth using a special dental adhesive and provide you with information about how to best care for them.
The Cost of Veneers
Veneers are a relatively easy and quick solution for dental issues. However, they do come at a cost. Depending on where you live and the type of veneers you choose, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $2,500 per tooth. This can add up quickly if you need multiple veneers. The good news is that some insurance plans will cover veneers, and depending on the type you get and how well you care for them, they can last between 10 and 30 years.
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers have many benefits, including that they can cover nearly any dental imperfection. Not only do they dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth in a relatively short amount of time, but they also look and feel natural. While they are an investment up front, they can last for decades. Veneers are also low maintenance and can help prevent tooth discoloration.
The decision to get veneers should ultimately depend on each individual's needs and circumstances. For example, if you have significant dental imperfections affecting your self-esteem and quality of life, veneers can be a terrific investment. However, veneers may not be the best option if you only have minor issues, have dental imperfections that might be better addressed with a different option, or are on a tight budget.
Learn More About Veneers at Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry
It's essential to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of veneers with an experienced dentist before making a decision. At Stuart Prosthetic Dentistry, we can help you determine if veneers are the right choice for you and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today at 772.286.1606 or request an appointment online.