If you have teeth that are badly discolored, uneven or chipped, then dental veneers might be for you. They’re commonly used to change a tooth’s color, size, shape and even length. Veneers can be used on one tooth, or all your teeth, depending on your preference and budget.
Veneers are custom-made shells that cover the front surfaces of your teeth. The shells are very thin and made from either porcelain or resin composite materials commonly used in other dental procedures, such as fillings. The type of material used for your veneers depends on your teeth and gum health.
Veneers can be a good option for you if you have some of these problems:
Note that veneers are expensive, and the procedure isn’t usually covered by dental plans. Before you decide to get veneers, have your dentist request a pre-treatment estimate from Delta Dental with proper documentation (written and x-ray evidence) to explain why a veneer was recommended.
Getting veneers usually takes two or three trips to your dentist. This includes a consultation and x-rays, a fitting and a visit to have the veneers applied.
To create an even appearance, your dentist will file off about a millimeter of enamel from the tooth. (Don’t worry — a local anesthetic will be used so you won’t feel any pain.) Your dentist will then make impressions of the tooth and have it sent to a lab to make the veneer. The process takes two to four weeks.
If your teeth are badly chipped or broken, you might get temporary veneers while you wait for the final product.
Some potential drawbacks include:
If you have tooth decay, large fillings or gum disease, you probably aren’t a good candidate for veneers, but you still have options.
As with any dental procedure, you should discuss your options with your dentist to find what would work best for you. Review your dental benefits to see what procedures are covered and ask your dentist to submit a pre-treatment estimate to determine your approximate out-of-pocket costs.
Last updated February 3, 2022
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