Dental Veneers

Improve your smile with veneers

Cosmetic dental veneers are used to protect weakened teeth and to enhance the appearance of damaged teeth. They are relatively thin, and are made of durable composite materials or porcelain to provide restorative protection.

The Cost of Dental Veneers

Typically, porcelain dental veneers cost between $900 and $2,000 per tooth; laminate or composite dental veneers are much less expensive, and are available for about $250 per tooth. However, porcelain veneers last longer and are more durable; given the costs associated with replacing laminate veneers, it may be a better investment to purchase porcelain dental veneers off the top.

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You can get porcelain or laminate dental veneers to make rows of teeth appear straighter, to give the appearance of a healthy tooth in place of a damaged one, or to prevent damaged or decaying teeth from worsening. Speak to your dentist if you want to fix crooked, crowded or damaged teeth.

The Dental Veneer Placement Procedure

One of the advantages of dental veneers is that they are relatively easy and painless to place. Often, little or no local anesthetic is required. Teeth that are going to be capped with veneers usually require little if any preparation or drilling, and the veneers are simply cemented in place by the dentist.

Risks Associated with Dental Veneers

Dental veneers carry very few risks. If an anesthetic is used, there is a small possibility that you may have an allergic reaction to it. There's also a slight risk that you'll be allergic to the laminate or porcelain materials used to make your veneers. However, these complications occur in only a very small percentage of patients and pose little, if any, risk of serious harm.

Recovering from Dental Veneer Placement

Your recovery should be swift and involve little in the way of complications. Postoperative pain can be managed with medication. Veneers that fit poorly, chip, become discolored or seem overly sensitive to heat or cold are the most common problems; your dentist can correct these by making minor modifications.

Alternatives to Veneers

Veneers are often used in place of dental crowns, as they're much more affordable and easier to place. However, crowns and composite resin bonding can also be used to repair or improve the appearance of damaged teeth.