What is a Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure done to permanently whiten the teeth using a thin layer of porcelain on the front teeth. Often, people will get these veneers to cover up any flaws that their teeth might have, including bulges, chips, dents, and, of course, severe discoloration. Veneers can also be created to bridge potential gaps between the teeth. Veneers are often compared to dental crowns, but the two are vastly different in procedure, cost, and uses. Porcelain veneers are hook shaped, meaning they slide onto the front of your teeth, and grip onto a small portion of the back and sides of your teeth. Dental crowns cover an entire tooth to strengthen it if it is damaged. While dental crowns can be done for cosmetic purposes, they are primarily for health reasons. Veneers are almost purely cosmetic, and can’t fix cracked or heavily damaged teeth.
Pros of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are an easy, quick solution to cover up any flaws your teeth may have. They don’t require any long-term whitening procedures, and they can last for very long periods of time. Porcelain veneers resist staining, especially with a resin coating. Porcelain veneers also:
- Blend in with the teeth well. When compared to some types of crowns, such as metal and Zirconia, porcelain veneers are much whiter and can blend in with the teeth much better than these types of crowns.
- Can protect your teeth from future damage like chips, stains, and disfiguration.
Porcelain Veneer Cons
While veneers are a helpful procedure, they are often considered purely cosmetic, meaning most insurance companies won’t cover the cost of the veneers, which is unfortunately high. Porcelain veneers:
- Carry a heavy price tag. While they can be slightly cheaper than dental crowns, porcelain veneers cost between $925 and $2500 per tooth. As you can see, the price varies vastly, and it all depends on where you live, how intensive the procedure may be, and whether or not your insurance covers it. It may be uncommon, but if you have the right insurance and the veneers are more than cosmetic, insurance may cover some of the costs.
- Are more fragile than crowns. While they may be the whitest, and the best looking, porcelain veneers are porcelain, which comes with the risk of breakage.
Porcelain Veneer Need-To-Knows
- Porcelain veneers cannot be made and installed in a day. Your dentist has to take various examinations and color tests to make sure they create the properly fitting, correctly colored veneer.
- Veneers are not crowns. While they may offer some protection, they do not offer the same protective value that crowns have.
- Veneers are mostly cosmetic. As stated previously, veneers aren’t generally covered by insurance unless they are for health reasons. Crowns can be covered by insurance, though, so if you have a seriously damaged tooth, crowns are a better option than veneer, both for expense and health reasons.
Porcelain Veneer Dentist Video
In this video, Ogden Dentist Dr. Jim Ellis, DDS explains what a veneer is, in dentistry.
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