People come to our Dental Designs Clinic several times asking if veneers are worth it. They tell us about their teeth and how they’re not happy with how they look.
From a cosmetic standpoint, usually, there are two pervasive issues: either people have very white teeth but would like them to be a little darker, or people have what we call “gaps” in their teeth where the tooth is not quite symmetrical from side-to-side. In these cases, veneers can definitely improve someone’s smile.
But there are some things you should know before you go ahead and get them put on! Keep reading for more information.
What are Veneers, and what do they do for your Teeth?
Veneers are extremely thin pieces of ceramic or porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They are used to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discolored, chipped, or slightly crooked.
You can also benefit from veneers if all you need is closing small gaps between your teeth. The process of getting veneers usually takes two visits to the dentist. First, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab where your veneers will be custom-made.
At your second appointment, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth using a special dental cement. Once in place, veneers are very durable and can last for many years with proper care.
The Benefits of Getting Veneers
There are many benefits of getting veneers. Veneers can:
● Give you a Whiter, Brighter Smile
Veneers can give you a whiter, brighter smile by covering up stained or discolored teeth. If your teeth are stained from drinking coffee, tea, or red wine, or if they have become yellowed over time, veneers can help.
● Improve the Shape of Your Teeth
If you have teeth that are chipped, cracked, or slightly crooked, veneers can help improve their appearance by making them look more uniform and symmetrical.
● Make Your Teeth Appear More Uniform in Size and Shape
Veneers can also be used to close minor gaps between your teeth. This can make your smile look more uniform and give you a more confident appearance.
● Protect Your Teeth from Further Damage
Veneers can also protect your teeth from further damage by shielding them from things like wear, grinding, or biting on hard objects.
Veneers are also a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because they look natural and are long-lasting. With proper care, veneers can last for 10 to 15 years or even longer!
How Much Do Veneers Cost and How Long Do They Last?
The cost of veneers varies depending on the number of teeth being treated, the type of veneers used, and the geographical location. In general, porcelain veneers tend to be more expensive than composite veneers.
Porcelain veneers usually cost between $800 and $2,000 per tooth, while composite veneers typically cost between $500 and $1,500 per tooth.
The cost of veneers also depends on the geographical location. In general, cosmetic dentistry procedures tend to be more expensive in bigger cities than in smaller towns.
As far as how long they last, veneers are a very durable treatment option. With proper care, they can last for 10 to 15 years or even longer!
Risks Associated with Getting Veneers
There are some risks associated with getting veneers, though they are generally rare. These risks include:
- Allergic reaction to the dental cement used to bond the veneers
Allergic reactions to dental materials like the cement are relatively uncommon, but they can be very unpleasant and even dangerous in some cases. The most common symptom of an allergic reaction to the dental cement used to bond veneers is an intense itching or tingling sensation that can last for several hours after treatment.
In more severe cases, sufferers may also experience redness, swelling, or even hives in the affected area. If left untreated, these symptoms can spread to other parts of the body. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms following a dental procedure involving a dental cement, it is important to seek medical attention right away.
Your dentist can help you determine the cause of your allergic reaction and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan going forward. In most cases, an antihistamine medication will be enough to alleviate your symptoms and relieve any discomfort associated with your allergic reaction.
But for more severe reactions, additional treatments like allergy shots may be required. Ultimately, the best way to avoid this type of allergic response is to discuss all potential risks with your dentist prior to beginning treatment so that they can take whatever precautions are necessary to keep you safe and comfortable throughout your procedure.
- Damage or fracture of the veneers, especially if you grind your teeth regularly
Veneers are made of porcelain or composite material, which means that they can be susceptible to damage or fracture if you grind your teeth regularly. If you think you may be at risk of damaging your veneers, your dentist can help you find ways to protect them.
This may include wearing a mouthguard at night. In some cases, they may also recommend that you avoid certain activities or habits that could put your veneers at risk, like biting your nails or chewing on hard objects.
- Infection at the site of the veneer placement
Infection is a rare but possible complication of any dental procedure. The risk of infection is highest immediately after treatment, but it can occur even months or years later in rare cases.
Signs of infection include redness, swelling, pain, and drainage from the affected area. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention right away as infection can quickly spread and become life-threatening.
Your dentist will closely monitor the site of your veneer placement for any signs of infection in the days and weeks following your procedure. If they notice any redness, swelling, or drainage, they may prescribe antibiotics to help clear the infection. In some cases, surgery may also be necessary to remove the infected tissue.
While veneers may seem like a major investment, many people find that they’re well worth the cost. They offer a number of benefits, including improved appearance and function, and with proper care, they can last for many years.
If you’re considering veneers, it’s important to talk to your dentist about any potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. This will help you make an informed decision about whether or not veneers are right for you.
At Dental Designs Clinic, we offer a variety of dental services, including veneers. Our experienced dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Dental Designs Clinic (Raffles Place) – Invisalign, Whitening, Dental Crowns
4 Robinson Rd, #03-01 The House Of Eden, Singapore 048543
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