What are dental veneers?

Used in cosmetic dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of tooth colored material that is placed over the front of a tooth or teeth. It can protect broken, discolored or crooked teeth and improve their appearance. It is made from either porcelain or a composite resin material which will be bonded to the tooth. Some of the enamel might be removed to change its shape, internal color, or size prior to veneer placement. Veneers may provide a better alternative to other dental procedure such as crowns. Results are achieved much faster than orthodontic procedures such as braces.

During your initial consultation visit, the dentist will carefully examine your teeth, take x-rays, and evaluate the health of your teeth with the aid of X-rays and photographs. They will discuss a plan and fees with you. During the next visit, impressions of the tooth or teeth will create a model on which veneers will be fabricated. Also during that visit your tooth enamel might be reduce to make room for the veneer. At the last visit, the bonding will take place cementing the veneers to your teeth. A bonding light is then used to set the cement. The entire process is usually complete in three dental visits and one or two follow-up appointments.

Costs vary depending on your region, numbers of veneers and any anticipated complications with the teeth needing care. Dental insurance may cover these procedures including the veneer depending upon the structural requirements.

Your dentist should be able to show you their office photos of before and after treatment.


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