When having dental veneers placed, some people choose to get a single veneer, while others choose to get an entire smile makeover. What’s truly great about dental veneers is that you can do both with no problem. Once placed, the veneers will blend in with the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. In this way, they will be completely indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Your veneers will be custom fabricated to meet your individual dental needs and cosmetic goals. For example, thicker veneers may be placed to combat tooth sensitivity. Or your veneers may come in different sizes to make your unevenly shaped teeth look more uniform. Ultimately, the customization of veneers is what allows them to be used for such a large variety of dental concerns.
The actual lifespan of your veneers will depend upon the type and material of the veneer you chose. In most cases, composite and no-prep veneers tend to last about 5-7 years. Traditional porcelain veneers have a much longer lifespan and can last from 10-15 years, on average. However, there are cases where traditional veneers have lasted up to 20 years. To keep your veneers lasting as long as possible, you will want to take care when eating especially hard foods. It is recommended to chew with the back of your mouth to avoid damaging the veneers.
Unlike other types of cosmetic restorations, veneers are very easy to take care of. After they are placed, there is no recovery time and they require no additional care outside of your usual daily dental routine. Just be sure to brush twice a day for two minutes at a time with fluoridated toothpaste and floss once a day. And don’t forget those regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings every six months!
This is probably one of the biggest downsides of veneers. Most dental insurance companies will not provide coverage for veneers because they are classified as purely a “cosmetic” service, . However, there are a variety of financing options available. To give you an idea about the cost of veneers, traditional veneers average between $925-$2,500 per tooth, while no-prep and composite veneers range from $800-$2,000 per tooth.
Overall, dental veneers are one of the best cosmetic dental treatments available today. Many people have expressed high levels of satisfaction with their veneers. Now that you know a little more about dental veneers, you’ll be able to decide if they are the right cosmetic dental treatment for you.
Dr. Anthony Mancino is Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey’s General and Cosmetic Dentist and has been practicing for over 25 years focusing on cosmetic and overall dental health. Dr. Mancino will artistically transform your smile, often in just two visits. Schedule a consultation today!