Veneers: a layer of material placed over a tooth to improve the appearance of your smile or protect a tooth from damage.
Whether you’ve been wanting to improve the look of your smile for years or have chipped teeth that need protection, veneers could be a great solution for you. The team at Lane & Associates Family Dentistry is fully equipped to handle all of your oral health needs including veneers, and we understand the importance that a great smile can have. Contact us today or call us at 888-LANE-DDS for more information or to schedule your appointment at a Lane & Associates office near you. Read on below for more information about veneers!
What are Veneers?
To go into greater detail, veneers are a thin porcelain covering that gets bonded to your tooth. The tooth or teeth getting veneers will be prepped before placement, and each veneer is made custom to your smile so you can enjoy a natural finish that blends seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Did you know you can use veneers to bypass braces or crowns? They can also be used to correct chips, gaps in alignment, and tooth fractures.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Some patients get a veneer on one tooth to correct damage, while others get veneers on many to correct aesthetics or multiple cracks or chips. Veneers are generally priced by tooth, so the cost per procedure varies by patient. Don’t let the cost alone keep you from getting the smile of your dreams. Lane & Associates is in network with many different insurance providers and we are happy to work with self-pay patients to create individual payment plans.
If you’re interested in getting a quote, a dentist will be able to conduct a full exam and determine what your unique estimate would be. If you have questions about payment plans or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us online today.
How Long Does it Take to Get Veneers?
Once you and your dentist have determined veneers are the right solution for your needs, a mold will be made of your mouth and your dentist will remove a layer of enamel from your teeth. This makes space for the veneer to adhere. An impression of your tooth or teeth will then be sent off to a lab where your custom veneers will be made, which can take between two and four weeks.
When ready, you will come back to see your dentist for the final appointment. Your veneers will be placed on your teeth, and your dentist will show you the shape and color before bonding it to your tooth. The bonding process involves cleaning the tooth, prepping it, and placing the veneer with a special dental cement.
Overall, the entire process can take two to three visits over the course of several weeks. Your dentist may also ask you to return for a follow-up appointment after your veneers have been placed.
Are Veneers Painful?
After getting veneers, patients may experience gum sensitivity or bonding sensitivity, which will feel like biting into something cold and experiencing pain immediately after. This discomfort should not last more than a few days, and you can always ask your dentist about pain management techniques and solutions. Some patients worry that veneers will ruin their teeth but don’t worry, this is not the case! You will love your new smile.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
On average, veneers will last ten to twenty years when properly taken care of. With regular brushing and flossing and bi-annual check-ups, your veneers will keep your smile shining for years to come.
Veneers should be replaced before any significant wear and tear occurs, as this can lead to cavities. Your dentist will keep you updated about the timeline for this, if it is necessary at all.
Why Should I Get Veneers?
If you’ve been hiding your smile due to cracked teeth, misalignment, or discoloration, veneers offer a natural appearance that matches the color and shape of surrounding teeth. It’s custom-made to fit your smile, taking into account your bone structure and other factors to provide a perfect solution! They are also stain resistant and will keep you smiling for the years and big moments to come.
Choose Lane & Associates Family Dentistry
If you’ve been thinking about correcting your smile or are interested in getting the perfect pearly whites for a big life event, veneers could be a great solution for you.
Call your closest Lane & Associates Family Dentistry office today for more information or contact us online. Our team of dentists, hygienists, and other highly-trained dental specialists are here for all of your oral care needs, and we can’t wait to give you the smile you deserve!