Porcelain veneers can help fix and overcome a variety of different mainly cosmetic dental problems.
For those dental patients who have minor dental issues like gaps and chips, crooked teeth or some forms of discoloration, then porcelain veneers could be the solution you’re looking for.
If you have missing teeth or more serious gaps and chips, well, dentists can certainly help, but not with porcelain veneers.
And the cost of porcelain veneers isn’t as bad as you’d think.
So if you’ve stumbled upon this article and see your one of your dental problems here, read on, and we’ll provide you with information about what porcelain veneers are, the details involved and the process of the procedure, and of course the cost of porcelain veneers.
What Are Porcelain Veneers, and What’s It Take to Get Them Done
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain bonded to your affected tooth (or teeth) to fix or mask a dental problem you may have.
To get the process started, you’ll need to contact your dentist for an initial consultation, and if you agree with your dentist that porcelain veneers are the solution to your problems, he’ll schedule an appointment for the procedure. It’s normal to expect a minimum of 2-3 visits, depending on the severity of your problem.
The procedure make call for x-rays to be taken and an impression of the tooth to be made. Based on that impression, your porcelain veneer will be made.
You’ll then have your teeth filed down about half a millimeter of the enamel layer, then the area will be cleaned, and a ridges filed onto the remaining outer layer (this is to help the bonding cement work better).
At this point, another impression is made, and in a couple of weeks your porcelain veneer will be ready and you’ll come back to have it placed on your prepped tooth. If needed, a temporary cap will be placed on the exposed tooth.
On the day the permanent porcelain veneer is placed, the exposed area of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned, and then a special dental cement will be used, and the porcelain veneer affixed to the tooth. A special light is used to help the bonding agent activate and harden.
What Are the Cost of Porcelain Veneers, and Are the Affordable?
As for the cost of porcelain veneers, remember, veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure, or an elective procedure, and most insurance providers consider this an optional procedure and aren’t likely to cover some or all of the costs.
Just be sure to check with your insurance provider before committing to the procedure. And nearly every dental facility will explain and offer financing options, if needed.
There are two types of veneers, porcelain veneers and composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are the best, most durable, better looking and longer lasting option. The cost of porcelain veneers can run anywhere from $900 to $2,500 per tooth and will last between 10-15 years.
Composite veneers are cheaper, no where near as durable, and a more temporary option. Composite veneers cost from $250 to $1,500 per tooth and last from five to seven years.