Thanks to advances in dentistry, almost anyone can get the elusive perfect smile.
For most people, bleaching is the easiest route to having white teeth. Unfortunately, bleaching isn’t an option for some people. Luckily, this is where veneers come into the fold. These thin shells of composite or porcelain are attached to the front of the teeth.
Veneers mask everything from crooked stains to uneven teeth. But how much do you know about them?
This article shares the top three things you should know before getting the procedure.
1. Not Everyone is a Suitable Candidate
Veneers don’t treat the underlying condition. They merely hide them behind a wall of white sheets. As a result, not everyone qualifies for the procedure.
Your dentist will extensively examine your teeth to determine your suitability. If you have uneven or crooked teeth, they may recommend braces first to straighten your teeth.
You also don’t qualify if you have tooth decay or gum disease.
2. The Procedure Takes Time
It would help if you were prepared to make at least two trips to the dentist. The whole process, from consultation to the final procedure, can take up to three weeks.
Usually, the dentist has to file your teeth to create space for the implants. Filing reduces the enamel making the teeth sensitive.
A set of temporary veneers helps to protect the teeth. The procedure requires several appointments. The final procedure can take up to 3 hours, depending on the number of teeth.
After that, you will need time to heal. You may also request some changes which add to the time.
3. They May Not Covered by Insurance
The placement of veneers is a cosmetic procedure. The aim is to improve appearance, but it doesn’t help your oral health in any way. Before you commit to the procedure, you should know that your dental insurance may not cover it.
You can check with your insurer just in case they cover it. However, be prepared to pay from pocket. On average, the procedure cost between $250- $1200 for composite shells.
If porcelain shells are used, the price rises to between $500-$2500 per tooth. The exact cost may vary depending on your area and the dentist.
We hope this information helps you know what to expect. After healing, your perfect smile is ready to go.
Talk to your dentist about other alternatives if you are not sure about the procedure.