There are times when your smile can be negatively impacted by tooth discoloration or uneven shades of teeth. While there are multiple dental procedures to help rectify this problem, veneers happen to be a popular choice for most.
What Are Veneers?
Dental veneers are porcelain shells that are similar in color to your teeth. These shells are placed at the front of your tooth and permanently bonded. Veneers are usually made of resin composite or porcelain. They are versatile and can be used to treat various dental cosmetic issues. Some of these notable issues are chipped or broken tooth, discoloration, or uneven teeth length. Additionally, most dentists provide same day placements.
Veneers don’t necessarily need to be an option to rectify a chipped or a broken tooth. In most cases, individuals place veneers on the top and bottom eight teeth so they can have a symmetrical smile.
Types of Veneers
There are mainly two types of veneers:
- Resin Composite
Porcelain veneers are invasive and follow the traditional dental technique, which requires prep work. Modern-day veneers don’t require a lot of prep and placing them is easier. However, traditional veneers tend to outlast non-invasive veneers.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Dental veneers can be considered a cosmetic procedure so unfortunately, this may not be covered by your dental insurance. A traditional dental veneer could cost anywhere between $925 and $2500 per tooth. These could last up to 15 years. New prep modern veneers could cost anywhere between $800 and $2000 and could last up to 7 years. Although veneers may seem like an expensive procedure, it turns out to be cost-effective as it relates to the correction of your smile.
Who Can Benefit From Veneers?
Individuals who suffer from:
- Pointed or unevenly shaped teeth
- Teeth that are smaller than the average-sized tooth
- Large gaps between the teeth
- Severe discoloration
- Broken Teeth
- Chipped teeth
How Can Veneers Improve Your Smile?
Irrespective of how good your oral hygiene is, unforeseen circumstances, lifestyle choices, or simply the natural shape and structure of your teeth could affect your smile. It’s quite common for people above the age of 25 to have teeth discoloration which can or cannot be fixed with teeth whitening. If you’re looking for a better lifestyle, with a high level of confidence, veneers can help you take one step closer.
Chips and cracks are also common and while there are multiple dental procedures you can choose, nothing comes close to the aesthetic appeal you get with veneers. Veneers are versatile and can benefit your teeth not only aesthetically, but in other ways as well. When fitted correctly, veneers can last for as long as 7 to 15 years, depending on the kind of veneer you choose, as we detailed earlier in this article.
Since it’s a minimally invasive procedure, people are more comfortable approving and going through the process. It’s also easier to even out your smile with a set of veneers to get uniformed looking teeth. Studies have shown that when you’re happy with your smile, you feel confident. An added advantage is that your teeth won’t look fake or out of place in any way.
Maintaining veneers is relatively easy. You can brush them just as you would your natural teeth and floss them too. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene if you want your veneers to last long.
History of Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been around for a long time and are one of the most common dental procedures individuals choose. These small caps work wonders in enhancing the smile of an individual.
If you thought veneers are a thing of modern marvel, then you’d be surprised to know that they’ve been around since the 1920s.
- 1920 – Dr. Charles Pincus, a popular dentist with Hollywood celebs, came up with acrylic material to place temporarily at the front of the teeth for actors so they can have the perfect smile for the camera.
- 1930 – During the 1930s and 1940s, veneers not only became a popular choice with Hollywood actors, but people from all walks of life wanted to get them. This is when the first porcelain and composite veneers started to develop. Dentists were still struggling to find a long term bond to keep the veneer in place.
- 1950 – Dr. Michael Bunocore discovered that with a mild acidic solution and light tooth etching, a stronger bond could be created
- 1980 – J.R. Calamia & R.J. Simonsen advanced the techniques of Pincus and Bunocore to come up with an affordable, long-lasting veneer.
- Today – Veneers are so strong and natural-looking, it’s almost impossible to tell if they are fake.
So whether it’s a chipped tooth, a little discoloration, or an uneven set of teeth, veneers go a long way in rectifying them.