Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are becoming more and more popular, with many people in San Diego, CA choosing them to correct common teeth defects. But what are they and what do they do? Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are fitted to the front teeth using a special bonding agent in order to give them a better appearance. They can also be made out of other composite materials. Veneers are designed to last many years – there are some that can last for 20 years and more. That said, veneers are vulnerable to trauma just like ordinary teeth – they can chip and they can even break. You should visit your dentist a few times a year for him to make sure that all veneers are in good condition.

What is the benefit of having veneers installed and who should get them?

The biggest benefit of getting veneers is that you get a beautiful, natural smile with just a little dental work. They help people regain confidence because they are no longer self conscious of their teeth. As for who should get veneers, you should think about asking your San Diego, CA dentist about them if you have any of the following.

  • If your front teeth are chipped or broken you should get veneers installed. It will restore your teeth back to normal.
  • You should get veneers if your teeth are too stained and cannot be cleaned by whitening. With veneers, you will get perfectly colored teeth.
  • If you have small gaps between your front teeth then you are a good candidate for veneers – they will close the gaps and give you a better looking smile.
  • If one of your front teeth is slightly out of alignment with the others your dentist can put it back in line by installing a veneer over it.

You can also get veneers to fix teeth that are worn out.

Are there any risks to getting veneers?

Although dental veneers will give you an instant beautiful smile it is important that you know whether there are downsides to getting veneers. For most people, the biggest problem with veneers is how much they cost. If you want to get porcelain veneers you should be prepared to pay about $1,000 dollars and sometimes even $2,000 a tooth depending on where you get your veneers installed. If you get veneers that are made out of composite material the cost comes down dramatically and you can expect to pay between $250 and $1,500 a tooth. These high amounts exclude people who need veneers but cannot afford them. Fortunately, there are some San Diego, CA dentists who recognize this problem and make it possible for their patients to get veneers through payment plans. You pay an initial down payment amount and then you can pay a small amount every month until you are done. There are a few other problems with veneers:

  • Once they chip or crack they cannot be fixed – you have to live with them like that.
  • Because your dentist will have to grind away some enamel before he installs the veneer it can lead to tooth sensitivity.
  • If you and your San Diego, CA dentist are not careful you may find yourself with the wrong color of veneers. You should look at before and after photos and consider your complexion before you install veneers. Remember, once they are on they cannot be removed.
  • Veneers do not prevent decay – your teeth can still get cavities.

Veneers cannot be whitened. If you want to have a brighter simile smile you should get your teeth whitened before you get veneers installed.

There are, however, alternatives to veneers. If you don’t want to spend all that money you can choose to have bonding or you can have your dentist install crowns.

What does the process involve?

The first thing that your dentist will do is determine whether you are a good candidate for veneers. Some people are not – if you suffer tooth sensitivity, for instance, you cannot get veneers installed. The dentist then makes a mould of your teeth and mouth. To help him do this better he may take X rays. He sends off the mould to a veneer making lab. Once he gets the veneers back, usually after a few days, he then grinds off a small layer of the teeth in question in order to make room for the veneers. The bonding agent is applied to the teeth and veneers installed. The procedure is painless and does not take very long.