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Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a simple cosmetic procedure that can turn a smile you’re less than proud of into one you’re confident to show. Perhaps your teeth are smaller than you’d like or they’re discolored from years of stains. No matter what’s keeping you from smiling brighter, veneers can help. 

Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain or composite resin that are placed directly on forward facing teeth, and they are just one of the cosmetic dentistry options offered at Castle Dental to make your smile look its best.

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Are dental veneers the best option?

Dental veneers can be used to correct a variety of minor smile imperfections and irregularities, such as: 

  • Unsightly gaps between the teeth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Chipped teeth
  • Irregular tooth shape
  • Trauma to the teeth
  • Stained teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments
  • Worn enamel

Some patients prefer the way veneers look and opt for them simply because they want to improve their appearance. 

Veneers cannot correct significant misalignment issues or severely broken or damaged teeth, and they are typically not suitable for people who clench or grind their teeth, since this can compromise the veneer. Also, if your teeth are very worn down from clenching or grinding, the veneers may not be able to adhere to the teeth, and you may need a different solution such as a crown.

Severe cases of gingivitis can also keep you from getting veneers, especially if it goes untreated. This is because the gums will continue to recede, revealing the edge of the veneer.

It’s important to note that, unlike natural teeth, dental veneers do not change shape or color over time, so while it’s possible to place just one veneer, your dentist will likely recommend that you have all 6-8 of the front teeth covered to keep the veneers from looking out of place and unnatural.

What are the pros and cons of veneers?

Pros of dental veneers:

  • Natural appearance
  • Stain resistant
  • Highly durable
  • Wide selection of colors

Cons of dental veneers:

  • Permanent alteration of your teeth
  • Can potentially cause tooth sensitivity
  • Can be expensive
  • Not an ideal solution for everyone

What is the process of getting veneers?

Veneers are a quick and easy way to improve your smile, but the actual process–which includes an initial consultation, creating your custom veneers in a lab, and the placement–-can take about 3 weeks and several appointments. 

Here are the steps in getting dental veneers:

  1. During the consultation appointment, a mold is taken of your teeth. This mold provides a perfect impression so that the veneers can be specifically for your teeth. During this appointment, your dentist will also help you select the right shade for your veneers to make sure they blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth
  2. The mold with color selection is sent to a lab, where your veneers are custom made.
  3. At a second appointment, your teeth will be prepared for the veneers. Using specialized tools, your dentist will gently remove some of the enamel off the teeth that are set to receive veneers. This is done so that the veneers don’t stick out too far off the tooth. It’s important that they appear and feel flush with your remaining natural teeth. If the type of veneer you’ve chosen is thicker, you may require local anesthetic as more of the enamel will need to be removed. 
  4. Temporary veneers are put into place while the permanent veneers are produced in a lab. While these look very natural, they are actually only one solid piece of material. Your dentist will file some grooves in them to give a more natural appearance. 
  5. Once the permanent veneers are finished, you will have another appointment to place them. The temporary veneers are removed and replaced with individual permanent veneers. The permanent veneers are adhered with resin cement, and your dentist will take special care to ensure that they are straight, evenly spaced and natural looking. 

Is it painful to get dental veneers?

Getting veneers is a simple procedure that can be done right in your dentist’s office, generally without the need for sedation or even local anesthetic. The portion of the treatment process that brings the most discomfort is usually the removal of the enamel, during which you may experience brief moments of sensitivity if the grinding gets near the gum line. 

If you have selected a thicker material for your veneer, your dentist may need to remove additional enamel, which could be uncomfortable and may require anesthetic. If for any reason, during your treatment you experience pain, let your dentist know right away. They will address the issue before returning to the treatment. 

During the placement of the veneers, the only sensation you are likely to feel is slight pressure.

How much do dental veneers cost?

The cost of veneers can vary greatly, ranging from $400 – $2500 per tooth. Factors impacting the cost of your veneers could include:

  • The current condition of the teeth being treated, including if you need additional procedures like fillings or root canals to prepare the teeth.
  • The type of veneer. Porcelain veneers tend to cost more than composite.
  • How many layers of material are needed.
  • How many teeth you are having treated.

How do I take care of my veneers?

Veneers should be treated as any other natural tooth. They require twice daily brushing, once daily flossing and biannual trips to the dentist for professional cleaning. It’s important to remember that your natural tooth is still under the veneer, exposed on the back side. Your roots are still intact and the tooth is still vulnerable to all sorts of dental problems, so consistent and thorough maintenance is required to keep your veneers and your remaining teeth healthy.

Affordable Dental Veneers from Castle Dental

Don’t go another day with a less-than-perfect smile. With multiple locations, convenient scheduling, and flexible financing options, Castle Dental makes it easy and affordable for you to have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Visit us at CastleDental.com to book an appointment or consultation and start enjoying a brighter smile and better confidence.