What Are Dental Veneers?

Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010 11:26 AM

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Dental veneers are the simplest way of getting a really great smile. These custom designed porcelain shells can be stuck to the surface of teeth to create a well-aligned smile with beautifully shaped teeth.
 
If you feel that your teeth are misaligned, discolored, and misshapen, then dental veneers are the way to go. You can also attempt dental bonding, which is an easier process for changing the appearance of your teeth. Bonding costs far less than veneers, but the effects can diminish over time. Porcelain dental veneers are designed to last forever.
 
Because porcelain dental veneers or composite veneers are really thin, very little dental reshaping is required. During this procedure, teeth are reshaped and then measured with plastic measuring material. You should note that after the teeth are reshaped, you may find them to be a little more sensitive than they were before to hot or cold temperatures. You can request that your dentist send you temporary veneers that will give you an idea of the shade and the final look. These will protect your teeth from hot and cold, but will also add to the final cost of the procedure.

Individual models of the teeth are then created by the dentist and sent to the dental laboratory to create custom shells. The dentist has to also specify the shade of the veneers so that they will match the surrounding teeth. These shells are custom made by the dental lab according to your individual measurements. The shells are then made of porcelain or of composite material by the lab technician when the measurement reaches the dental laboratory. The procedure is very technique sensitive. A trained aesthetic dentist is the best person to do the job. A few dentists also use CAD/CAM techniques to get the best fit of the veneers on the tooth. This will allow you to complete the procedure in one visit.  

Dental Veneers are very beautiful and they can dramatically improve your smile, but they are technique sensitive and require a large amount of skill on the part of the dentist as well as the lab technician who makes the shells. The procedure will also take about two to three weeks to complete. This means that the process is going to be expensive. Porcelain dental veneers can cost anywhere from $925 to $2,500 per tooth. Composite veneers are slightly cheaper, costing about $250 to $1500 per tooth. One-visit veneers that are made with CAD/CAM techniques will cost much more. It is best to consult a trained dentist to get an accurate quote.

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