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Dental veneers are custom, tooth-colored shells that fit over the front of your teeth. They're a cosmetic dentistry procedure that changes your natural teeth' shape, color, size, or appearance.
There are different kinds of veneers available to fix your cosmetic concerns. They all have different pros and cons, so you must consider those before choosing which one to get.
The most common type of dental veneer is porcelain. Here are the different types of veneers:
Porcelain is the most esthetic and least harmful material available for dental restorations. It's also the strongest and longest-lasting of all veneer materials.
Porcelain laminate veneers are extremely biocompatible, so they rarely injure the gum tissues and surrounding soft tissues in the mouth. These veneers can significantly improve the appearance of your smile because porcelain is very natural-looking.
Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution and require some tooth shaving before placement.
|Pros of Porcelain Laminate Veneers||Cons of Porcelain Laminate Veneers|
|Blend in with your natural tooth color||Expensive ($925 to $2,500 per tooth)|
|Stain-resistant||Lengthy and invasive procedure|
|Have uniform or consistent smooth texture||May fracture, chip, break, or fall off, especially in people who grind their teeth|
|Don’t harm your gums or surrounding teeth|
|Last 8 to 15 years with proper care|
CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) porcelain veneers are a new, popular option that provides same-day results. CEREC veneers use high-quality 3D software to design a new, beautiful smile in hours.
Porcelain veneers are the most popular, natural-looking, and durable option. However, they’re also the most expensive.
Composite veneers are a permanent solution and may require some tooth shaving before placement. They’re made of composite resin, a mixture of inorganic and organic materials:
The bonding material to make composite resin veneers is the same as tooth-colored dental fillings. While strong, they aren’t as durable as porcelain.
|Pros of Composite Veneers||Cons of Composite Veneers|
|Less invasive procedure (less enamel removal)||Weaker and more prone to stains over time than porcelain veneers|
|They look natural||Don’t last as long as porcelain veneers|
|Has low chance of harming your gum tissue||Involves lengthy procedure|
|Easily repaired if chipped or broken|
|Only requires a single visit and no temporary restorations|
|Last up to 5 to 7 years|
|Less expensive than porcelain veneers ($250 to $1,500 per tooth)|
Composite veneers are made of the same material as most dental fillings. They are relatively durable but do not last as long as porcelain veneers.
Lumineers are a brand of veneers. They’re made of ultra-thin porcelain laminate material and require minimal preparation before placement.
Unlike porcelain veneers, dentists remove less natural tooth structure before placing a lumineer over your tooth enamel. Lumineers commonly treat discolored and irregularly shaped teeth.
|Pros of Lumineers||Cons of Lumineers|
|Smooth to the touch|
Look and feel natural
They are reversible
|Have shorter lifespan than traditional veneers|
|Require less tooth preparation before placement||Less natural-looking than veneers|
|Slightly less expensive than porcelain veneers ($800 to $2,000 per tooth)||More prone to fracture and damage|
Lumineers are a more affordable veneer brand that doesn't require tooth removal before placement.
Removable veneers, or snap-on or temporary veneers, come in two types:
Dentists always recommend permanent veneers over temporary alternatives. As such, instant ones aren’t ideal for daily use or as a long-term dental solution.
|Pros of Removable Veneers||Cons of Removable Veneers|
|Little to no preparation||Prone to plaque build-up|
|They are much cheaper than other options||Can harm gums overtime|
|Not as natural looking|
|May mask more serious issues|
Read more about snap-on veneers.
Removable veneers are not a long-term dental solution. They provide instant results but are not durable and natural-looking like traditional veneers.
A single veneer can cost anywhere between $600 and $2,500. Insurance doesn’t cover this cost because they’re for cosmetic purposes, not a medical necessity.
Veneer treatment price depends on various factors, including:
Taking proper care of your veneers can help them last longer and maintain their natural appearance. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Yes, you can eat with removable veneers in your mouth. You should clean them after each meal.
Snap-on veneers are a cheaper and less durable alternative to traditional veneers. While they may work in the short-term, removable veneers are less natural-looking and more prone to damage over time.
Composite veneers won’t ruin your teeth or negatively impact your oral health. However, minor tooth removal is necessary before veneer placement. You can’t remove a composite veneer because your natural tooth structure won’t grow back.
Porcelain and composite veneers are irremovable. Lumineers and snap-on veneers can be removed but are less durable than traditional teeth veneers.
The material for composite bonding and composite veneers is the same. The main difference between the two restorations is that a bond covers a portion of your tooth, while a veneer covers your entire tooth.
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