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Are Dental Veneers Worth It?

TeamCosmetic Dentistry, Dental Veneers

Are you looking for ways to improve your smile? Veneers are a potential solution for patients who want to change the appearance of their teeth. If you have teeth that are discolored, chipped, worn down, or have gaps between them, veneers can cover these imperfections. Veneers consist of thin, shell-like covers that attach to the front side of your teeth. They provide a refreshed, natural-looking smile. 

You may be wondering, are dental veneers worth it in the long run? Here’s what you should consider to determine if veneers are right for you. 

Are Veneers Worth the Cost?

As far as cosmetic dentistry goes, veneers are a mid-range procedure in terms of cost. Veneers typically cost less than crowns or dental implants, but more than teeth whitening and Invisalign. If your teeth have stains that teeth whitening treatment may not be able to remove, or teeth that are chipped or worn down, veneers may be the best way to improve your smile. 

One advantage to veneers is that they will last well over 30 or more years as long as you brush, floss daily and have regular dental exams and cleanings.  You take care of veneers as you would your own natural teeth. By getting veneers you are making a long term investment in your smile.

Are Veneers Worth the Time?

The procedure for getting veneers will typically require a few appointments. It begins with a consultation to determine whether or not you are a candidate for veneers. If your teeth require any restorative procedures, such as cavity fillings or root canals, those procedures will need to be done first so that the teeth are in healthy condition to receive veneers. 

The next step is to remove a very thin layer of enamel from the front of your teeth. Impressions are then made of the teeth to create your veneers. You’ll be fitted with temporary veneers until your permanent ones return from the lab. Once your veneers are ready, you’ll have a fitting appointment where the veneers will be permanently attached to your teeth. 

Most patients can have a full set of veneers put in place in just 2 or 3 appointments. 

Do Veneers Look Natural? 

Veneers can be made of porcelain or composite. Porcelain closely resembles tooth enamel for a more natural look. Composite veneers are more affordable, but porcelain lasts longer and is more resistant to staining and chipping. Veneers can be made to match the color of your existing teeth or a few shades whiter to give you a brighter smile. The purpose of veneers is to improve the appearance of your smile, but not to make it so perfect that it looks fake. Your dentist can create your veneers so that you still look like you, but better. 

Veneers Permanently Alter Your Teeth

An important consideration when it comes to choosing whether or not to get veneers, is the fact that veneers will permanently alter your teeth. To prepare for veneers, a thin layer of enamel has to be removed from the front of your teeth. Once this enamel is gone, it is gone forever. The veneers are cemented in place with a special dental cement that lasts for many years. Your dentist can remove your veneers, but the teeth behind them will need to be re-covered with a new set of veneers, or with crowns. 

Glassman Dental Care Can Transform Your Smile With Veneers

If you think veneers are the right option for you to improve your smile, schedule a consultation with Glassman Dental Care. We can evaluate the current condition of your teeth and discuss the best way for you to achieve your smile goals. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for veneers right away, but a few preparatory procedures may be all that you need to be ready. If your teeth are ready for veneers, we can get the process started to transform your smile as quickly as possible. 
Call 212-787-4860 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.