What are veneers?
Veneers are porcelain shells similar to acrylic nails. They are meant to reshape or enhance the looks of teeth which in turn leads to beautiful smiles. They are more conservative than crowns as they require only minimal shaving of the front of the tooth.
What is the process?
Understanding what the patient has in mind for his final smile is of outmost importance to me. That is the first step. We then proceed to making a mock up of the future smile in the patient’s mouth. We tweak it until the patient is satisfied. This will serve as a guide for our final veneers. The next step is preparing teeth and taking molds. The patient will have temporary veneers for two weeks. The final veneers are permanently cemented in place.
What are the risks?
I you bite on them, the pressure over time may cause them to de-bond. If a person clenches and grinds, as most people do nowadays, veneers can chip or brake. If that happens, they need to be remade.
How long do they last?
On average, they last about 10 years. Sometimes the gums receed as we age starting to show the edges of the veneers that can be discoloured and stained from food. They can also start de-bonding more frequently until new ones have to be made. They are very thin so after 10 years they start chipping or corners brake from wear and tear.
How much does it cost?
They cost on average $1200 per tooth