Dental veneers are one of the latest and more conventional methods that we use in modern dentistry. They refer to thin coverings made from composite material or porcelain. They are made customarily and fixed to the front side of the teeth. We use them to treat dental conditions such as discolored, slightly crooked, chipped, or fill the gaps between the teeth. Veneers can be made in a laboratory by a dentist depending on the available materials and the needs of the patient. A dentist can recommend a dental veneer instead of covering the entire crown to protect tooth structure. There might be the need to remove more tooth structure if crowns are indicated, and this will cost more and takes longer.
The procedures for dental veneers are direct and indirect methods. The direct method is done by a dentist in the dental clinic while indirect method starts in the dental clinic as done by the dentist who then sends the results for final processing in a laboratory. The direct procedure is done the same day where the patient is free to leave with a better smile. Conversely, the indirect process requires much time and a laboratory to produce the final veneer, and then the patient will make an appointment for another day. Furthermore, the cost of direct veneers is lower than for indirect ones because it takes more time to prepare indirect veneers from the dental office to the laboratory.
Although veneer costs differ significantly, there are national standards which serve as price pointers. Composite veneers range from $250 to $1,500 per tooth, whereas porcelain veneers range from $925 to $2,500 per tooth. Some of the factors that determine the price for a patient’s teeth include the type of material, location of treatment, payment for the cosmetic dentist, the laboratory used to make the veneers, and dental insurance coverage. Dental dimensions of the person looking for porcelain veneers are recorded in the dental clinic before making them. Typically, porcelain veneers will last longer compared to composite veneers though both types will require replacement after some time. The person using either of the two can prolong the time by observing oral hygiene plan and having regular cleanings and checkups with the dentist.
Dental veneers are used to adjust the color, shape, size or length of teeth and are attached to the front part of the teeth. The two main procedures involved are direct and indirect methods as determined by the dentist and the patient. The patient will have to decide between porcelain and composite veneers depending on the material used. Composite veneers are much costly compared to porcelain but will last longer. In either case, the duration to which veneers stay intact relies mainly on how well someone takes care of them.