What are Veneers?
Veneers are customized dental pieces that cover the front side of a particular tooth and are among the most popular and effective developments in cosmetic dentistry. The reason a patient might require veneers can vary. Uneven teeth, worn enamel, tooth discoloration, irregular spacing, or even a chip can all be remedied with the application of a veneer. Additionally, veneers often can serve a restorative purpose, protecting teeth from further damage for a time period of around 20 years.
Following a comprehensive examination, potentially including a X-ray, your dentist will shave off a thin layer from the front of the selected tooth. He/she will then create an impression of this tooth and send it to a laboratory. There your veneer will be created, matching the appropriate size, shape and color of your other teeth. In the mean-time your dentist may adhere a temporary veneer to the tooth, until the real one is received. Lastly, once your veneer has been received from the laboratory, your dentist will adjust once more for size and color before cementing it onto the shaved portion of your tooth. The process requires two visits, and with appropriate anesthesia is virtually pain free.
Veneers deliver a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance and are naturally stain resistant and won’t irritate your gums. Additionally, they can serve as a shield in some cases, protecting a damaged tooth from any further harm.
Types of Veneers
- Resin Composite
As porcelain veneers are resistant to stains and chipping, they tend to be more expensive than some other options. A particularly popular type of porcelain veneer, the Lumineer, doesn’t require a tooth to be shaved down first and can be installed in only 2 or 3 visits. They are also proven to last over 20 years.
Will my insurance cover Veneers?
Veneers are an elective, cosmetic procedure. As such, they are usually not covered under most dental insurance plans. We recommend that you speak with your dentist regarding what financing options are available.