Do you have questions about what veneers will do to your teeth? We get it. Veneers are a significant investment, and people want to know what they’re getting into before making the leap. This blog post answers ten of the most common questions about what happens when someone gets their teeth fixed with cosmetic dentistry products like veneers. For instance, we have the answer to the question, ‘What do teeth look like under veneers?’ These answers may help you make a decision if dental veneers are really for you!
1. What are veneers, types of veneers, and how do they work?
2. Why get porcelain veneers instead of a root canal or a crown?
3. Are veneers permanent?
4. What is not covered by porcelain veneers?
5. How long does it take for teeth to be ready after getting veneers?
6. What do teeth look like under veneers?
7. What is the cost of getting veneers?
8. Does insurance cover the cost of porcelain veneers?
9. Do you need anesthesia when having your teeth fixed for veneers?
10. Will you have to wear braces if you want your teeth fixed with this procedure?
What are veneers, and how do they work?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin bonded to the front side of teeth. They are typically used to cover stains, chips, or gaps between teeth. Veneers are custom-made to match your teeth in both size and color. They can improve the appearance of your smile by closing unsightly gaps between teeth or by making teeth look longer. Veneers can even change the shape of your teeth but still appear natural-looking.
Porcelain is generally the material used to make custom dental veneers. It is a durable and aesthetically-pleasing material that can be colored to match your natural teeth.
Why get porcelain veneers instead of a root canal or a crown?
Root canals are used to save a tooth that is severely damaged by injury or decay. A root canal is needed when the tooth’s nerve has become infected, and this infection has spread to the surrounding bone and tissue. A crown typically covers a decayed or broken tooth, but it can also cover a weak tooth with extensive restoration (fillings) that may break in the future. A veneer is a great way to enhance your smile without compromising your health or breaking your budget.
Are veneers permanent?
Veneers are durable, so they won’t easily wear out with good oral care over time. However, even though the bond is permanent, porcelain veneers can only last for about 10 to 15 years, at which point they’ll need to be replaced. Why? Because they may be cracked, broken, or stained from their usual wear-and-tear. To replace veneers, your cosmetic dentist has to make sure that he gently and carefully drill off the old veneer and start the new process over. See? Permanent, and also temporary.
What is not covered by porcelain veneers?
Traditional veneers typically have limitations as an option for dental restoration. They cannot be used to treat teeth with severely deteriorated enamel, gravely chipped or broken teeth, a tooth with root canal damage, or teeth that are too discolored. Veneers are also not recommended for people who grind their teeth at night because the excessive force could eventually cause the shell to chip off or have broken teeth.
How long does it take for teeth to be ready after getting veneers?
After teeth are prepared for veneers, it takes about two weeks to get the custom porcelain pieces created in the dental laboratory. Then, your dentist will need to bond the veneers in place with dental cement within 1-2 visits. The entire process usually takes 1 to 3 weeks to complete, with the patient seeing the dentist at least twice.
You can get veneers at any point in your life, whether you’re an adolescent with healthy teeth or an adult whose natural teeth have been stained from years of smoking and practicing other bad habits. They may even be placed on children’s teeth as soon as they come in.
According to the American Dental Association, whether you are 8 or 88, you could benefit from getting the traditional porcelain veneers to improve your natural tooth structure. With cosmetic dentistry and proper oral hygiene, you can help enhance your appearance and self-confidence if you have a whiter, more even-looking smile.
What do teeth look like under veneers?
Because the natural teeth usually need to be trimmed down to accommodate the newly-shaped dental veneer, they can look like stumps. As your dentist carefully removes a thin layer of enamel to create space for the veneer shells’ attachment, he will always try to keep this to a minimum.
Since dentists typically work on more conservative options, they would try to maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible. Some dentists, however, remove a considerable amount of tooth, and this is not always the healthiest option since it can cause tooth sensitivity and fracture.
The entire look and function of the teeth under veneers are normal, with direct or indirect veneers in place. With proper veneer placement, patients can eat what they like and speak correctly without inhibition or discomfort. No need for scheduled teeth whitening and complex smile makeover procedures!
What is the cost of getting porcelain veneers?
The typical cost range for veneers is $1,500 to $5,000. The amount of time and money needed to get a porcelain dental veneer depends on what your dentist needs to do to prepare the teeth for restoration. Some basic procedures may include removing stains and surface defects from your teeth, reshaping the enamel, removing tooth decay, or bonding brackets onto your teeth. Custom-made composite veneers typically take at least two appointments to the dentist’s office for preparation, with one visit for placement of the restorations.
Does insurance cover the cost of porcelain or composite veneers?
Insurance companies do not typically cover the cost of veneers unless they are required for medical purposes, like a root canal treatment. Your insurance policy is more likely to cover your veneers’ cost if they are needed to fix your front teeth or tooth enamel that has become fractured because of an accident.
Do you need anesthesia when having your teeth fixed with veneers?
The procedure of getting veneers is typically done without any pain or discomfort. The dentist may use anesthesia for some patients, but that is not always the case. It depends on what tooth preparation needs to be done before veneers are placed. Sometimes, a local anesthetic injection can block the sensation of pain when the dentist prepares your teeth for veneers.
After getting permanent or temporary veneers, patients may experience mild discomfort or tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. Your dentist can prescribe you medication to help with the pain if needed. Fortunately, this typically only lasts up to two weeks after you get your new smile. But it is important to note that any type of dental treatment that changes the structure of your natural teeth will bring some initial level of discomfort.
Will I have to wear braces if I want my teeth fixed with this procedure?
People who get veneers do not need to wear braces. Braces are typically not required when you decide to get veneers because of how precise the technology is with what it does. However, if you want to straighten the alignment of your crooked teeth, we would suggest getting braces instead of veneers, since veneers only correct the aesthetic aspect or appearance of your teeth.
While veneers, like dental crowns, are sometimes used in conjunction with braces, the two treatments cannot be done simultaneously. The pressure that the braces present to the teeth would cause damage to the porcelain or composite resin. Veneers require teeth to be left in their natural state; any other preparation for cosmetic dentistry like teeth polishing or buffing must take be performed before your braces are put on, at least twice a year.
You can see that there are many questions to answer about the process of getting your teeth fixed with a dental procedure like permanent veneers. It’s essential to take the time to research all you need before making any decisions because this is a big decision for anyone. If anything else isn’t clear from the information provided here, please contact us and let us know! We would be happy to clarify any questions or concerns for you.
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