Dental veneers are a fantastic way to make your smile look more natural, but are veneers the right option for you? Below are some of the common inquiries we address regarding veneers that might answer some of your questions before scheduling your appointment.
What Are Veneers and How Do They Work?
Dental veneers are a thin layer of material (usually porcelain) that permanently bonds to your tooth to give it a nice, more natural appearance. You can get veneers for a single tooth if you’ve had an accident or multiple teeth if you want to improve your overall smile’s appearance. Depending on your budget, you can also get a partial veneer that doesn’t cover the entire tooth.
However, not all dental veneers are created equal. The dentist has to customize each veneer to fit your teeth perfectly. With that in mind, you can tell your dentist what you dislike about your smile, and they can create the best veneers to meet your needs.
Who Should Get Veneers?
One of the primary prerequisites for getting veneers is good oral hygiene and healthy gums. However, several dentists will recommend veneers if you need to correct a specific issue. For example, if your teeth are crooked and you want to avoid braces or aren’t satisfied with the colour of your teeth.
Whatever the reason may be, the best way to see if veneers are right for you is to ask your dentist. Your dentist can provide a thorough evaluation of your teeth to see whether or not veneers will be ideal for your needs.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are permanent, but you’ll need to replace them after roughly 15 to 20 years. Once the bonding cement creates a bridge to your real tooth and the substance is sealed with a UV light, you won’t be able to get them off. The effects from veneers will start to fade after ten years but will last longer with regular maintenance. Some porcelain veneers can last over 20 years and still look pristine.
How Long Do Veneers Take?
Dental veneers can’t be finished in a single visit. It’s typically a multi-step process and is usually completed after a few visits. The process takes time because your dentist needs to customize your veneers to fit your teeth perfectly.
After determining the goals you have for your smile, they will examine your facial expressions, how you eat, and other factors, so your new veneers won’t affect your lifestyle. Once they evaluate all of the details, they will create temporary veneers from a liquid composite.
Creating veneers is an intricate process that requires adequate attention to detail. Fortunately, with advancements in dental technology, the technique is quicker, and they are more comfortable than ever.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Veneers are an excellent solution to fix your smile permanently, but they do require a decent-sized budget. The journey to getting veneers all starts with a consultation. If you decide to move forward and start the process, the consultation fee is added to your total cost. The average price for veneers is roughly $1,300 (AUD) per tooth.
If you can’t afford to pay upfront, we recommend contacting our office to discuss your payment options. With our in-office payment plans, you can start your treatment immediately, and you never have to pay interest.
Are There Any Disadvantages to Getting Veneers?
If you aren’t willing to permanently commit to having veneers, it may be best to consider other treatment options. Veneers are typically irreversible; after your dentist shaves down your tooth, the process cannot be undone. All of the advantages of veneers heavily outweigh the disadvantages, but patients must be ready for a lifelong commitment.
Veneers are not a good option if you have gum disease, weak teeth, or other issues. They also cannot be fixed if they chip or crack, leading to more expensive repairs and treatment.
Thinking About Getting Veneers?
If you’re considering veneers, we highly recommend reaching out to our team at My Family Dental today. We offer premium dental procedures with affordable payment options. Our dentists can provide a consultation and examination to determine whether veneers are the right option for your smile.