How do Veneers Work?
When it comes to achieving a brighter, healthier smile, dental veneers are a popular and effective option. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are placed over the front surface of teeth to correct a variety of cosmetic issues, such as stains, gaps, and misalignments. At Pearl Dental Care in St. George, Utah, Dr. Darren Earl and his team offer high-quality veneers that are tailored to each patient's unique needs and goals.
What are the Benefits of Veneers?
Dental veneers offer a variety of cosmetic benefits, including:
- Improved Appearance: Veneers can improve the appearance of stained, misshapen, or damaged teeth, providing a brighter, more uniform smile.
- Durability: With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for 10-15 years or longer, making them a long-lasting solution for cosmetic dental issues.
- Customization: Veneers are customized to fit each patient's teeth, ensuring a natural-looking and comfortable result.
- Minimally Invasive: The process of getting veneers is minimally invasive, with little to no discomfort during the procedure.
Veneers are commonly used to correct:
- Tooth gaps
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Disfigured, chipped or broken teeth where the root is still healthy.
- Teeth that have an irregular shape
Overall, dental veneers are a safe, effective, and long-lasting cosmetic dental treatment that can help patients achieve a more beautiful and confident smile.
What's the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Composite Veneers?
There are two main types of dental veneers: porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers.
- Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are made of porcelain material. They are highly durable, stain-resistant, and have a natural-looking appearance that closely resembles the color and texture of natural teeth. They are a popular choice for people who want to achieve a bright, white smile.
- Composite veneers: Composite veneers, also known as resin veneers are made of tooth-colored resin material and are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. They are less expensive than porcelain veneers and can be applied in a single appointment, making them a more convenient option for some patients. However, they may not be as durable as porcelain veneers and may require more frequent maintenance and replacement.
Both types of veneers can be used to address a variety of cosmetic dental issues, such as chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, as well as teeth that are discolored or have gaps between them. The type of veneer that is best for a patient will depend on their individual needs and preferences, as well as their budget and oral health.
Downsides to Veneers
While dental veneers offer many benefits, there are also potential downsides to consider, including:
- Cost: Veneers can be expensive, with an average cost ranging from $925 to $2,500 per tooth depending on the materials used.
- Permanence: Veneers are a permanent solution that requires the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel, meaning that the procedure cannot be reversed.
- Maintenance: Veneers require proper maintenance and care, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to ensure their longevity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions and concerns about dental veneers:
- How much are dental veneers? The cost of veneers can vary depending on the materials used, but the average cost is around $1,000 to $2,000 per tooth.
- Are veneers painful? The process of getting veneers is minimally invasive and typically pain-free, with little to no discomfort during the procedure.
- How long do veneers last on your teeth? With proper care and maintenance, veneers can last for 10-15 years or longer.
- Can you get cavities with veneers? Yes, you can still get cavities with veneers if you do not maintain proper oral hygiene.
- What is the difference between laminate teeth and veneers? Laminate teeth is another term for dental veneers.
- Are veneers covered by insurance? While dental insurance may cover a portion of the cost of veneers if they are deemed medically necessary, most insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures.
- What is the difference between Lumineers and veneers? Lumineers are a brand of veneers that are made from a thinner material and require less preparation of the tooth surface.
The Pearl Dental Care Difference
At Pearl Dental Care in St. George, Utah, Dr. Darren Earl and his team offer high-quality veneers that are customized for each patient. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Dr. Earl is dedicated to providing exceptional dental care and helping his patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles.
Our practice uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care. We take the time to listen to our patients' concerns and goals, and work closely with them to develop a treatment plan that meets their needs. Contact us below so you can set an appointment to consult with our experienced Southern Utah Cosmetic Dentist.