Having a beautiful smile can actually improve your quality of life. It might sound crazy but it is true. Your mouth and teeth on constantly on display, whether you are talking, smiling in a photo, or eating. If you don’t like your teeth then you can start to be insecure about your mouth, teeth and smile. It doesn’t help that practically everyone on movies, TV and/or social media influencers all seem to have a perfect set of teeth. Well the secret behind these perfectly aligned white teeth is veneers. If you are thinking about achieving the perfect smile then you might be asking yourself, “Are veneers worth it?”
We have provided five things to consider before choosing veneers for your teeth:
1. The Cost of Veneers:
So before you start thinking about getting veneers it is important to think about how much they cost. Now depending on where you live and what type of veneer you want can effect the cost of veneers. Just to give you some idea, veneers can cost as much as $2,500 per tooth in the country. If you want value for money, traditional veneers are a better option than non-prep veneers since they’ll last longer.
2. What Type of Veneer Should You Choose?
There are two common types of veneers:
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made from ceramics. They’re usually attached to the front of the teeth’s surface to give you a white, beautiful smile. This type of veneers is a perfect solution if you have cracked and/or discolored teeth.
This type of veneer is actually made from a resin. Composite veneers are shaped and bonded to the tooth in order to improve its appearance. Usually, they’re used to fill small gaps and broken teeth. These are often a temporary choice.
It’s important to know that veneers are different from tooth implants. Veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth. Where tooth crowns and implants actually replace the entire tooth.
3. How Long Do They Last?
Porcelain veneers are actually more durable and can last up to 15 years. On the other hand composite veneers typically only last for 7 years.
There is some maintenance needed in order to extend the longevity of your veneers. You will need to have good oral hygiene habits like flossing and brushing your teeth after every meal. You should also avoid hard foods as they can easily break the veneers.
4. Will theProcedure Hurt?
The veneering process will typically require three appointments to the dentist.
The first session consists of a consultation where it will be determined which veneer type is right for you. Your dentist will also examine your teeth to determine whether you’re a good candidate for veneers.
During the second appointment, your dentist will actually trim your tooth by about half a millimeter in order to take a mold impression of your teeth. This mold impression will be used to create the actual veneer.
Then a few weeks later, you will go for the last appointment and the veneers will be fitted to your teeth. They may be hardened with UV light to keep them in place.
The procedure can leave you with little to no discomfort, and you should expect a little jaw and gum soreness.
5. Any Alternatives to Veneers?
If you simply need your teeth whitened and aligned, veneers may not be the most appropriate option for you. Other favorable options may include teeth whitening procedures and use of traditional braces to align your teeth.
So, Are Veneers Worth It?
If you’ve been asking “Are veneers worth it?” we hope this guide has clarified some things for you. Dental veneers can be great confidence booster for people with chipped, uneven, hugely spaced, and discolored front teeth. You will need to consult with you dentist to ensure that you are proper candidate for veneers. You might not need veneers but just some whitening or aligners to straighten your teeth. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Smiles for Health for more information.