Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of the teeth to enhance their appearance. They are often made of porcelain or resin composites and are permanently bonded to the teeth.
Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic problems, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller than average teeth.
Some people can get just one veneer for a broken or chipped tooth, but many get six to eight veneers to create an even, symmetrical smile. The top eight front teeth are the most commonly applied veneers.
What are the different types of veneers?
Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain. The application of traditional dental veneers requires more intensive preparation work compared to alternatives that are sometimes referred to as “no-preparation veneers”. These unprepared veneers take less time and are less invasive to apply.
The application of traditional dental veneers generally involves polishing the tooth structure, sometimes removing part of the tooth even beyond the enamel. This allows for proper placement, but is also an irreversible procedure that can be painful and often requires local anesthesia.
Unprepared veneers, on the other hand, may require some preparation or alteration of the tooth, but these alterations are minimal. Rather than removing layers of teeth underneath the enamel, unprepared veneers only affect the enamel . In many cases, unprepared veneers do not require local anesthesia.
Veneers are not the same as dental implants or crowns. Veneers cover the front surface of the tooth. Implants, on the other hand, replace the entire tooth. Crowns also cover the entire tooth, while veneers only cover the front surface of the tooth (which is visible with a smile).
How much do veneers cost?
Veneers are not usually covered by insurance, as they are considered a cosmetic procedure. According to some consumer guides, traditional veneers can cost an average of € 900 to € 2,000 per tooth and can last 10-15 years. Unprepared veneers cost slightly less and last 5-7 years. In the long term, traditional veneers are often the most profitable option.
The cost of your veneers depends on factors such as what type of veneers you are choosing, what brand your dentist has available, the cost of living in your area, and the experience of the dentist.
What are the benefits of dental veneers?
The biggest benefit of veneers is improving the appearance of your teeth, giving you a brighter, more even smile. Dental veneers are often used to treat the following cosmetic issues:
- chipped or broken teeth
- severe discoloration or uneven coloring that cannot be fixed with bleaching
- gaps in teeth
- teeth smaller than average
- pointed or unusual shaped teeth
Veneers can last more than a decade, depending on the type of veneer you choose, making them a semi-permanent investment that can make you more confident in your smile.