If you are like most people, you probably assumed that people with gorgeous teeth were just blessed with good genetics. While that is sometimes the case, their sparkling-white smile may have had a little help along the way. Many people with chipped, misshapen, or stained teeth opt for veneers to conceal the imperfections and enhance the natural beauty of their teeth. If your teeth are less-than-perfect, dental veneers may be a good option for you.

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a very thin layer of either porcelain or a resin that is applied to the front of your teeth. They can be used to conceal chips, cracks, and unsightly stains or to enhance the appearance of the shape and size of your teeth. They can also conceal gaps in your teeth or make your teeth appear straighter. Dental veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry. Their primary purpose is to improve your smile and enhance your appearance. Some people get veneers applied before a big event, such as a wedding.

How are veneers applied?

To apply veneers to your teeth, your dentist will remove a very thin layer of the enamel from your teeth. This creates a rough surface ideal for bonding the veneers to your own teeth. An impression of your teeth is made, and the veneers are molded to fit your teeth. The dentist applies the veneers to your teeth with a special cement and uses a laser to dry and bond the cement. The entire process typically involves two to three visits to the dentist. 

Are there restrictions to what you can eat if you have veneers?

Your dentist may recommend avoiding food and drinks that will stain the veneers, such as coffee or tea, especially if your veneers are porcelain.  You must also be careful not to eat foods that cause a ripping or tearing motion when you bite, as this may cause the veneers to chip or break. Otherwise, you can eat anything with veneers that you can normally eat with your own teeth.

Can anyone get veneers?

If your teeth and gums are healthy, nearly anyone is a candidate for veneers. However, some people, like those who grind their teeth at night or who suffer from periodontal disease or whose teeth are not healthy enough to remove a layer of enamel, are not good candidates for veneers. To find out if you are a good candidate for veneers, talk to your dentist.

Are veneers expensive?

Veneers can be expensive. According to WebMD the cost of veneers typically ranges between $1,000 and $2,000 per tooth. But remember, if you take care of your mouth and your new veneers, they will brighten your smile for years to come. Veneers are sometimes a less expensive option than getting a crown, as crowns can range from $500 to $3,000 per tooth, depending on the type of crown and the size of your tooth, says Cost Helper. Likewise, the cost of a veneer also depends on the dentist you visit. For instance, you may be able to save money on the cost per tooth if you have all your front teeth done.

Will your dental insurance cover veneers?

Most dental insurances do not cover veneers because they are considered cosmetic; however, you should always check your policy to find out whether veneers are covered. Some dental insurances may cover a portion of the cost for veneers. If price is a concern, talk to your dentist, as many offer convenient payment plans on dental work.

Will veneers last forever?

Veneers do not last forever, but they do last a long time. With proper care, veneers can last for 7 to 20 years or more. That's a long time to enjoy a beautiful smile. 

If you are tired of hiding your smile because of the appearance of your teeth, talk to your dentist about how veneers can enhance you appearance and brighten your smile. Contact a dental office like Justice Dental for more information.