Porcelain is the strongest and longest-lasting veneer material. This material is bio compatible, which means patients rarely experience negative interactions or injuries to the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. Porcelain is also the most natural-looking, so your smile is significantly improved.
Placing porcelain veneers requires the removal of some of your enamel, which means this procedure is irreversible.
Composite resin veneers are made of a combination of organic (initiator, resin, coupling agent) and inorganic (filler) materials. The bonding material is the same that is used in tooth-colored fillings. Composite veneers are strong- however, they are not as durable as porcelain. Composite veneers also require the removal of some tooth enamel, making them a permanent fixture.
● Less invasive than porcelain
● Looks natural
● Low risk of gum tissue damage
● Easy to repair if chipped/broken
● Requires one visit, no waiting for your permanent veneers
● Lasts 5 to 7 years
● Less expensive than porcelain
● Not stain resistant
● Not as strong as porcelain
● Will not last as long as porcelain
● Lengthy procedure
Lumineers are a brand of no-prep veneers made of ultra-thin porcelain laminate. They require little to no enamel removal prior to placement. This type of veneer has a smooth texture, so it looks and feels natural. Since little to no enamel is removed, they can be removed.
● Can be removed
● Require less tooth prep
● Least expensive veneer option
● Don’t last as long as porcelain or composite veneers
● Not as natural looking as porcelain or composite veneers
● More susceptible to damage
While veneers are thin shells, they can still feel bulky in the mouth. Therefore, we remove a thin layer of enamel to create room for them. Since veneers are customized, we will take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab. Typically, it takes 1to 2 weeks to get them back. You will be given temporary veneers to protect your teeth while you wait.
When we receive your veneers in the office, we will schedule your appointment for placement. We will take the time to make sure they look and fit right before cementing them in place. If necessary, we can make some modifications in the office.
We will remove the temporary veneers and etch the surface of your teeth to create a stable base for the veneers to stick to. Then, we will put the dental cement on the back of the veneers and apply gentle pressure to stick them to your teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, dental veneers are classified as a cosmetic dental procedure. Therefore, they are not typically covered by insurance.
Porcelain veneers cost approximately $925 to $2,500 per tooth, while composite veneers are slightly less expensive at $400 to $2,000 per tooth. Porcelain veneers will last a longtime with proper care, while composite veneers last 5 to 7 years.
We do also offer no-prep veneers, which are less expensive and provide similar results compared to traditional veneers, but they are also not as durable and won’t last very long. No prep veneers typically cost $800 to $2,000.
If you believe that you might be a good candidate for dental veneers, schedule your consultation with Dr. Tyagi and the team today. We will work with you to determine the best options and create a treatment plan that fits your budget and meets your needs.
If you’re like most of our patients, you have questions when it comes to dental procedures such asdental veneers. Some of the most common questions we hear include:
Dental veneers are thin shells placed over teeth to improve the aesthetics of your smile.
Dental veneers address a variety of dental issues, such as:
● Cracks/chips in teeth
● Gaps between teeth
● Irregularly shaped teeth
As a general rule, dental veneers are a great solution for addressing a variety of cosmetic dental issues. However, this is not the best option for everyone. If any of the following applies to you, then you are not a good candidate for veneers:
● Teeth are severely worn
● Deep cavities/decay requiring extensive/invasive treatment
● Jaw misalignment
● Gum disease
● Prone to tooth grinding
● Not willing to follow proper oral hygiene habits
You will be given anesthesia during the enamel removal, so you shouldn’t feel anything at all. Most patients have no problems with recovery. However, approximately 50% of patients do have some sensitivity to the adhesive, which may cause some discomfort for up to 6 hours after the anesthesia wears off- but should subside. You may have some gum soreness as you get used to having the veneers in your mouth, but this can be treated with OTC pain relievers and typically clears up quickly.
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