What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, durable shells placed over the front of teeth to conceal imperfections, such as chips, cracks, and mild misalignment, as well as improve their overall appearance. Unlike porcelain crowns, dental veneers only require a small portion of the tooth to be removed to accommodate the new restoration. At Roberts Dental Group, we provide veneers composed of a durable porcelain material, which offers strong and incredibly natural-looking results. Veneers can be used to enhance smile aesthetics while also adding an extra layer of protection.
How Does the Porcelain Veneer Procedure Work?
To prepare for your porcelain veneer procedure, our skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Justin Roberts, will first evaluate the shape, size, and color of your teeth to help design your custom veneers. When it comes time to place your veneers, your teeth will first be cleaned and a numbing agent may be administered to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment.
Each tooth receiving a veneer will then be prepared with a special dental tool, removing the outer layer of enamel to which the veneer will be attached. This allows your custom-made veneer to securely adhere to the tooth’s surface and achieve the most natural-looking appearance. When you leave our office, you can enjoy your beautiful new smile, maintaining your veneers in the same way that you take care of your other teeth.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers can often last for 10 to 15 years when placed by an experienced dentist and cared for properly. To help prolong the lifespan of your veneers, it can help to avoid chewing on hard objects, limit hard foods or chew with your back teeth, and wear a nightguard when sleeping if you grind your teeth. Dr. Roberts can provide more detailed instructions on how you can get the most out of your new smile.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The average cost of a single porcelain veneer is about $1,000 to $2,500. This can vary based on multiple factors, such as the type of veneer, your geographic area, and the expertise of your dentist. It is also important to know that dental veneers are typically not covered by insurance, as they are considered a cosmetic procedure.