Do veneers ruin your teeth?
Porcelain veneers are used to enhance your teeth. They can be used to improve the color, size, shape and position of the teeth. In most cases there has to be some tooth structure removal during the porcelain veneer process. This can be minimized by going to a Cosmetic Dentist with extensive experience.
How much do veneers cost?
Porcelain veneers cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 and up per tooth or per porcelain veneer. Most offices work with third party financing companies to set up monthly payments. Since veneers are a cosmetic procedure, there is not usually any insurance benefits towards veneers.
Are Porcelain veneers permanent?
Yes, porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years or longer if maintained well.
Are Lumineers cheaper than veneers?
Lumineers maybe slightly less expensive, but Lumineers will not last as long as a traditional porcelain veneer. Lumineers will likely have to be replaced sooner than a traditional porcelain veneer.
What can you not eat with porcelain veneers?
Once the veneer process is completed, you can eat and chew the foods you normally eat without any issues. There are things that you should avoid with your teeth in general that we recommend not doing with your veneers, like opening packages with your front teeth, biting on pen caps, or biting your fingernails.
Do you have to shave your teeth for veneers?
In most cases yes we do have to do some shaving of the teeth for veneers. However, materials and techniques are improving where veneers can be made thinner so there is less tooth structure that has to be removed. Also, in many cases we can do very minimal preparation or removal of tooth structure.
Do Veneers last forever?
Well made and properly done porcelain veneers should last 15 years or longer.
Can veneers fix crooked teeth?
Yes, but it depends on how crooked or misaligned the teeth are. If there is severe crowding and the teeth are very crooked, then it is best to consider straightening the teeth before the veneer process.
What is the pain level involved in porcelain veneers?
There is virtually little to no downtime for the porcelain veneer process. It’s like getting dental filling or a dental crown done. Most patients return to work after the procedure or the next day. The pain level is minimal as well. With over the counter pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil, most post op pain issues can be managed.