Dental veneers can be a great way to improve your smile. Especially since not everyone is a candidate for tooth whitening procedures. For example, if you have tooth-colored fillings, caps, or dental bonding on your front teeth, bleaching will not change their color. So if you undergo a tooth whitening procedure, some of your teeth will become whiter but bleaching won’t change the color of existing dental filling or restorative materials.
Dental veneers are stain-resistant resin-based composite or porcelain covers that are glued to the front of the teeth. They can create a cosmetically satisfying appearance by covering teeth that are discolored, misshapen or chipped.
The cost of dental veneers varies by type:
- Composite veneers. Also known as direct veneers, these coatings are applied to the teeth in a single dental visit and cost about $250 per tooth. They usually last from five to seven years, and then need to be replaced.
- Porcelain veneers. Also known as indirect veneers, these coatings are custom-made to fit your teeth, so they require two dental visits for the procedure-one to fit your teeth for the veneers, and another to put the veneers in place. Porcelain veneers cost more than composite veneers - usually at least $1,000 per tooth - but they last for at least 10 to 15 years - and sometimes even longer.
If you opt for either type of dental veneer, remember that they are not replacements for good oral hygiene. Be sure to continue with a consistent oral health routine of twice-daily toothbrushing and daily flossing to get the most out of your new and improved smile.