If you've ever looked in the mirror and wished your teeth were whiter or more even, veneers may be a good solution for you. These thin shells of porcelain are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance. They're an excellent option for people who want a quick, relatively inexpensive smile makeover.
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance by changing their color, shape, and size. Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin material. Your dentist will help you decide which type is best for you.
Placement of dental veneers requires some alteration to the tooth enamel, so they usually can’t be removed once they’ve been bonded in place. For that reason, it’s essential to make sure you’re committed before having them placed.
The materials used in the fabrication of dental veneers offer exceptional longevity when properly cared for and maintained as directed by your dentist.
What cosmetic issues can veneers address?
Veneers can be used to brighten stained teeth or conceal chips and gaps. They can also make minor crowding, overlapping, or crookedness less noticeable. They're stain-resistant and won't darken over time as natural teeth do.
Veneers can address a wide range of cosmetic issues, including:
- Discolored teeth
- Teeth that are too short
- Teeth that are misshapen or crooked
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
What do veneers cost?
Many factors can impact the cost of dental veneers, such as your dentist's experience and location, the material they're made from, how many you need, and more.
- Your dentist's expertise and location. Your dentist's experience and location can impact the cost of your dental veneers. Dentists with more experience with veneers usually have a higher price point, as do dentists located in major cities and areas where living costs are high (e.g., San Francisco).
- Materials used. Some dental veneers are made from less expensive materials than those used to make other types of veneers, but the cheaper material might not last as long or look as natural on your teeth.
- Number needed. If you only need a few veneers placed on your teeth, you’ll probably pay less than someone who needs many dental veneers.
- Insurance coverage. Most insurance plans don't cover veneers because they're considered cosmetic rather than medically necessary.
Porcelain veneers are typically more expensive than composite or prefabricated resin veneers.
Does insurance cover veneers?
Most dental insurance plans will not cover the cost of dental veneers, but some may help with the cost of treatment for dental problems that lead to veneers, such as:
- Periodontal disease
- Trauma or injury to teeth
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
- Crooked teeth or bite problems (malocclusion)
Transform Your Smile With Veneers From Artistic Family Dentistry
Veneers from Artistic Family Dentistry can help you improve your smile. After a quick examination, we can tell if you're a good candidate for veneers. Then we'll talk about your alternatives and start the process. We’ll transform your smile in the comfort and peacefulness of our unique “zen-like” office environment with our one-of-a-kind Zentistry™ experience.