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Are Dental Veneers Worth It?

February 21, 2024
Are Dental Veneers Worth It?

Dental veneers are a cosmetic enhancement for the teeth. They cover the existing teeth to conceal a wide variety of imperfections from stains to chips, improving your smile. 

Are you considering dental veneers? If so you may be wondering if they’re worth it. Here’s what you need to know to make a fully informed decision. 

What Are Dental Veneers? 

Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that attach to the front side of your teeth. Each veneer looks like a flat, 2 dimensional version of a tooth. Veneers give each tooth a new surface appearance, creating a uniform row of teeth that are all the same length and color. 

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers offer many benefits: 

  • Natural appearance. Porcelain veneers look very natural, as if they were your real teeth, only improved. 
  • Strength. Porcelain is a strong material that allows you to bite and chew without worrying about damaging your veneers. 
  • Conceal stubborn stains. Do you have stained teeth that are not able to be removed with whitening treatments? Veneers can cover the stains instead. 
  • Fast results. Veneers improve your smile almost instantaneously. In just a few appointments your smile can be straighter, whiter, and more natural. 
  • Improved confidence. When your smile is transformed with dental veneers, you gain the confidence you may have been lacking due to feeling self-conscious about your teeth. This can help you make positive changes in your life. 

The Process of Getting Veneers

Getting dental veneers will typically require the following steps: 

  1. Consultation. The first step in any dental procedure is a consultation to discuss what it entails so that you can determine if you would like to proceed with the next steps in the process. 
  2. Evaluation. If you are still interested in veneers after your consultation, an evaluation will be needed to determine if you are a candidate for veneers. This considers the health and position of the teeth. Most of the time, the lab creates a custom wax-up of the final design based on the doctor’s prescription so the patient can see how the veneers would look.
  3. Preparing the teeth. If you are a candidate for veneers, the next step is to prepare the teeth. A very thin layer of enamel must be removed to make room for the veneers and to provide a rougher surface for more effective bonding. 
  4. Placing the veneers. The veneers are securely bonded to the existing teeth. They are permanently attached and can only be removed by your dentist. 

Are Dental Veneers Right For You? 

If you’re wondering if dental veneers are the right option for you, ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Are your teeth crooked or uneven in length? 
  • Do you have one or more chipped teeth that are visible when you smile? 
  • Are your teeth stained and whitening treatments have not helped? 
  • Do you have gaps between your teeth? 
  • Do you have multiple imperfections in your teeth that would otherwise require different treatments to correct? 

Dental veneers can conceal a variety of imperfections in just one procedure. Rather than getting orthodontic treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, and other procedures, veneers can accomplish the same goals in less time. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Veneers

How long do dental veneers last? 

Porcelain veneers last an average of 10-15 years, but in many cases they last much longer. The key is good care and maintenance, both at home and with regular visits to your dentist. 

Are veneers permanent? 

Once your veneers are bonded to your teeth they are permanent. Your dentist can remove them if necessary, but the teeth are permanently altered and will need to be covered with new veneers or another restoration. 

Schedule a Consultation Today 

If you think veneers might be the right cosmetic option for you, schedule a consultation with Metropolitan Dental Care. We provide high quality porcelain veneers that offer a natural looking smile transformation. Find out if you’re a candidate for veneers today.
Call 212-867-4223 or contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.

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