Dental veneers are the quick-fix route to a perfect Hollywood smile, we’re told – they’ll fit over your own teeth like false fingernails, hiding all manner of imperfections and giving your mouth the equivalent of a face-lift. And with the advent of swish walk-in dental clinics offering ‘lunchtime smile lifts’ it’s not surprising so many people are having it done.
We’ve all seen actors, musicians, and other celebrities on TV with picture-perfect white smiles. How did they get that way? Like the rest of us, celebrities were not born with perfect teeth; their shiny white smiles often come from porcelain veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are molded to fit your teeth then attach to the front of the tooth with the goal of improving its appearance. They can also be made of resin or other composite materials.
Either way, the goal of a veneer is to change the size, color, and/or shape of your tooth. They are used most often on:
- Teeth that are discolored from root canals, fillings, or other procedures
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Any other dental issue that results in a loss of self confidence
Types Of Dental Veneers
If you and your dentist determine that veneers might be a good solution for you, there are several types to choose from:
1. Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are composed of a durable, high-quality ceramic that can be matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth for a seamless, natural look. This common cosmetic dentistry procedure uses veneers that can be individually customized for your teeth, achieving the best possible fit as well as a beautiful appearance. The hand-layered porcelain has a dynamic quality that catches light just like the enamel of a natural tooth. Porcelain veneers are often considered a minimal-prep procedure, preserving the majority of your existing tooth structure while achieving long-lasting smile rejuvenation
2. Composite Veneers
Composite veneers offer many of the same rejuvenation benefits as porcelain veneers, including the concealment of cracks, chips, gaps, and discoloration. These lower-cost veneers can allow you to achieve a beautiful smile that also fits comfortably within your budget; however, composite veneers may not last quite as long as traditional porcelain veneers due to the differences in materials. In most cases, composite veneers require either minimal tooth preparation or no tooth preparation at all, preserving your natural tooth structure while also delivering natural-looking results.
3. Instant Veneers
A quicker option, these veneers are premade and can typically be applied during the same appointment as the consultation for the broken or missing tooth. Instant Veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers, but because they are premade can’t be matched exactly to your natural teeth.
4. Removable Veneers
These are the newest member of the veneer family and are a hybrid between porcelain and instant veneers. They are custom made to match your teeth and can be removed as needed. This is the least expensive dental veneer option, but are not a long-term solution for broken or missing teeth and any underlying dental problems that caused them.
A specific brand of porcelain veneers called Lumineers® can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile with a treatment that enhances your comfort and minimizes the time of the procedure. Depending on your unique needs, the Lumineers® procedure is an extremely conservative restoration treatment that requires either minimal tooth preparation or no tooth preparation at all. Even thinner than traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers® are composed of Cerinate® ceramic – an ultra-thin material that can typically be placed without the use of drilling or injections. With the same benefits as traditional porcelain veneers and more, Lumineers® can give you an enhanced experience along with high-quality, durable, beautiful results.
Zirconia porcelain veneers are often ideal for patients who have teeth that are more severely damaged or decayed. These restorations can be stronger than traditional porcelain veneers, and offer a compromised tooth some structural reinforcement. Dr. Sands commonly uses Zirconia veneers for the back teeth, where the added strength of the material can prevent premature wear. In addition, due to the material’s extreme durability, Zirconia can be used to create dental crowns and dental implant restorations.
Pros And Cons Of Dental Veneers
Because veneers are permanent, however, you’ll need to carefully weigh the pros and cons of the procedure before you decide to get them. Here are six things to think about and discuss with your dentist.
- Easily Whiten Your Smile : Veneers can make any tooth appear bright white, but you can select any shade you want. You may choose to opt for something closer to your natural color so the change is not quite so obvious.
- Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems : The most obvious benefit to veneers is the increased confidence that comes from having a more flawless smile. Veneers are also specifically molded for your teeth, making it nearly impossible to tell the difference between the veneer and your tooth.
- Replace Damaged Enamel : The veneer is bonded to your tooth in whatever form it’s in, meaning no additional drilling or shaping is needed in most cases. No special maintenance is required — just brush and floss like you would normally.
- High Cost : The cost is generally $1,000-$2,000 and is not typically covered by dental insurance because it is considered a cosmetic procedure.
- Increased Sensitivity : Some people experience an increase in tooth sensitivity after getting veneers. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, you may feel sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for the first few days after your procedure, but it usually goes away. Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable and inconvenient, but you can manage it with right products.
- Irreversible Procedure : Veneers are considered permanent because your dentist needs to change the structure of your natural teeth to properly place them. In this way, the outer layer of your enamel may be removed to make room. But then that’s what lumineers are for.
Dental veneers are an excellent way to hide discolored, damaged or crooked teeth, but it’s important to weigh the pros and cons that come with the territory before getting them. Make an appointment with your dentist to find out if dental veneers are a fitting solution for you.
Get A Perfect Smile With Anacapa Dental Art Institute, Oxnard
At Anacapa Dental conveniently located in Oxnard, Ventura County, CA. Our Smile Team works closely with you to develop the Custom Treatment Plan and Schedule that can effectively minimize the Veneer Cost and provide an Affordable Porcelain Veneer Solution keeping in mind your aesthetic goals of having a perfect smile.
Call us to Schedule a Consultation and find out why people have driven from all over Santa Barbara, Ojai, Camarillo, Carpinteria, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, Simi Valley to get their porcelain veneers done at the Anacapa Dental Art Institute.