Dental Veneers 101 – What You Need to Know

9467626414_a42cefcb73_kHere’s a little dental secret I’ll let you in on: Almost all celebrities who have stunningly gorgeous, flawless teeth have dental veneers.  Sure, those folks may be more attractive than the average person, but they weren’t all magically born with those toothpaste commercial smiles.  So, don’t get too down on yourself if your natural teeth don’t look like that.  But, if you do want a pearly whites worth of the red carpet, you may want to consider taking your cue from the stars and looking into getting veneers for yourself.

Veneers are a great solution for anyone who has discolored teeth, teeth that are a little too small or out of shape. The only thing that holds some people back is the price and the fact that they don’t last for an entire lifetime.

If you’ve been considering getting veneers, there’s some info you should know and a few decisions you’ll have to make.  Read on to learn more.

What are Veneers?

As the word suggests, veneers are essentially very small covers for your teeth.  They can be made out of porcelain or resin. They are basically the size of wafers, are very thin, and are created by dentists to be used as restoration tools. When these porcelain veneers are fitted over your natural teeth, they can change a lot about their appearance, including the size, shape and, color.


Once you decide that you’d like to consider veneers, you’ll meet with an experienced cosmetic dentist to discuss what kind of appearance you’d like.  Before you get started, it’s very important to be sure about the shape and size you choose.  We may take x-rays or impressions of your mouth to ensure the right fit.


To prepare your tooth, or teeth for a veneer, your dentist will remove about ½ -1.5mm of a millimeter of enamel – this is done to give the veneer space to fit comfortably and naturally in your mouth. After the dentist will make a model of your tooth, this is then sent out to create your very own customized veneers.


Your set of veneers will come in within a couple of weeks.  Then it’s time to get them on!  First, we’ll test out the fit of the veneer before it is permanently placed on just to make sure it’s exactly right. If it doesn’t fit perfectly, we will trim and adjust the size so it’s a perfect fit.

Next, your teeth will be cleaned, polished and etched – that just means the surface will be made a little rough in order to get a better seal.  Then, a cement-like material will be added to the veneer to attach it to your teeth.  Finally, we’ll shine a special light on the tooth to speed up the drying and hardening process.

How Long Do They Last?

Because of promising bonding agents and improved cements, veneers usually will last for 15+ years.  The porcelain variety, while a bit more expensive, looks more natural and lasts longer. The cost of veneers usually ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on your dentist and the type that you choose.  Because it’s an elective, cosmetic procedure, it may not be covered by your insurance, but it’s worth looking into.

When you think about how much money you spend on looking better each and every day, the cost of veneers seems pretty reasonable.  If you break it down over the several years that they’ll last, the price seems very small indeed.

So, if you’re not happy with the appearance of your teeth, give us a call today and we’ll help you figure out the best solution for you.







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