Are you considering porcelain veneers to enhance your smile? An experienced, cosmetic dentist can apply an incredibly thin layer of porcelain over your teeth, which can correct broken, chipped, or stained teeth. While it is not an invasive surgery, you should always review the advantages and disadvantages of any procedure beforehand.
Veneers attach directly to your teeth with a very strong adhesive. Because they completely cover your natural tooth, the health of that tooth must be totally taken care of prior to placing a veneer over it. Otherwise, your tooth will continue to decay beneath and you will need to undergo surgery later and replace the veneer. Additionally, teeth must be altered for the porcelain veneer to be put on properly. The extent of the alteration varies from person to person and the state of their teeth. This is also a permanent procedure. There is no going back to your old smile once this is done. Finally, it is not a very cheap procedure. Generally, the price of a veneer is $1,000 per tooth, though this too can vary depending on your dentist and insurance.
Now for the good news.
Veneers are incredibly stain resistant and do not change color over time. With proper hygiene, your new pearly white smile should last even while you continue to enjoy coffee and tea. Nearly every type of imperfection can be covered with a veneer, including gaps between your teeth. Porcelain veneers are very durable. Most patients experience ten years or more without needing replacement, as long as good hygiene is kept up. Lastly, a skilled dentist can apply veneers that are so lifelike and natural looking, that most people will not even realize you have them.
If you would like to improve your smile, porcelain veneers may be a great choice. Find a dentist in your area and consult your insurance to understand exactly what will be involved and the cost to you.