It is not uncommon for patients to inquire about the appearance of their teeth. Many people are dissatisfied with the way their teeth look aside from the desire to straighten them out with corrective applications, such as braces or clear aligners. Dental veneers just may be the answer to your questions in regards to other aesthetic desires regarding your teeth. If you have thought about getting veneers and aren’t sure about them, no worries, listed below are answers to some the most commonly asked questions.
1. What exactly are veneers?
Dental veneers are made of either porcelain or resin composite materials that are paper-thin and custom made to fit the shape to the exact size needed for your unique, individual teeth. They act as discreet little shells that bond to your teeth and add a very thin layer to magically transform them into shiny, smooth, and aligned pearly whites!
2. What types of dental issues do veneers fix?
Veneers fix many different kinds of dental problems such as:
Uneven or misaligned teeth
3. Do they hurt?
The adhesion of veneers is considered a pain-free procedure. The gums around the teeth are typically numbed and in most cases anesthesia is not necessary. Once they are on, it is said that your mouth will feel like it always has and it will be a physically unnoticeable change.
4. What does the whole process look like?
In short, you will visit with your dentist for roughly twenty minutes to consult over your desires and needs. They place a molding on your teeth to make an impression that is sent to a lab. A trial set is made for you to try on so you can see exactly what the real deal will look like (this trial can last for about two weeks, so you can wear them until you get the real ones). Once you confirm your liking, the impression is sent back to the lab to make the final product. About two weeks later, your veneers will be done and you will be ready for the procedure. The time spent in the chair the day of the application depends on how many teeth are done. So it can range from one hour to several. Once it’s done, the dentist will have you check back with them a couple of times to ensure all is well, and then you will be good to go!
5. So, once I invest in getting the work done, can the veneers stain?
Depending on the material of choice, porcelain veneers do not stain. If you need to go with the resin composite, they do not stain as easily as natural tooth enamel but can discolor over time. As with anything, proper care can prolong the quality of the investment.
6. Do veneers last forever?
Nothing lasts forever! However, veneers do last a very long time. As long as you are committed to caring for your teeth as usual, get your regular cleanings and checkups, your veneers can last for up to fifteen years!
7. Would I need to add any special adjustments to my normal dental routine?
Nope! It is recommended that you take care of your veneers just as they were your actual teeth. So make sure to keep up on your routine visits.
8. Okay, what will this do to my wallet? Does insurance cover this?
With veneers typically being considered a procedure for cosmetic purposes, insurance does not cover the cost to get them. However, should you need, a lot of practices offer interest-free financing through a third-party partner, so you don’t have to worry about paying in full up front.
9. Can the veneers chip or break? What happens then?
It is rare for the veneers to chip or break, but of course, there are things that can happen as we are offered no guarantees in life. But don’t worry, as it is common for the veneers to be on a five-year warranty plan. So, be sure to ask about warranties.
10. Are there any alternatives to getting veneers?
Yes! Crowns offer an equally beautiful result. Veneers can be considered a less invasive procedure, though, so some may prefer that option. Everyone is unique in their dental needs. Contact us to see what the best option is for you and your individual situation.
Dental veneers are definitely a great option should you decide you want to make some changes. To have them put on is a pretty standard procedure, does not take long to obtain, does not cause pain, and there are options for your budget. Give us a call find out if veneers are right for you.