What are Veneers?
Dental veneers are a great long-term solution to improve the appearance of your teeth. They are often made of two biocompatible materials: resin-composite or porcelain. These materials are made into a thin shell (with the colour and shape of your choice) and are glued permanently to your teeth.
Veneers resemble natural teeth, so they don’t alter function or oral hygiene habits.
How much do they cost?
The cost varies depending on several factors including:
- Material chosen (porcelain is more expensive than resin)
- Number of teeth
- Additional procedures such as braces
Generally, veneers cost between $750-$1400. To receive a better estimate, book an appointment with our dentist for a FREE cosmetic dentistry consultation.
Why are porcelain veneers so expensive?
The cost is primarily due to the high-quality material used to produce porcelain veneers to create stain free, strong, long lasting, natural-looking teeth. The dentist sends specific instructions to the dental lab to fabricate your personalised porcelain veneers. The production of high-quality porcelain veneers tailored to your needs is a time consuming, multi-individual process and is one that cannot be modified to save costs.
What is the process?
Step 1: Once you have decided veneers are right for you, meet your dentist for an extensive consultation including a personalised treatment plan, a full dental exam, and an opportunity for you to ask all your questions! This appointment is about 30 minutes long. The dentist will guide you through the different types of veneers, how to choose the one that is best for you and when you should begin treatment.
An X-ray will be taken during this visit to better understand your dental health. Sometimes, other dental procedures, such as braces or cavity control, may be required prior to your veneer treatment to assure best, long lasting results.
Step 2: When the dentist believes that you are ready for veneers and you are happy to proceed with the treatment plan, together, you will work with the dentist to determine which shade, shape, and length of the veneer you would like. To begin the preparation for the veneers, the dentist will grind down approximately half a millimetre of the enamel on your teeth. If resin veneers are preferred, the dentist will shape the veneers directly onto your teeth. If porcelain veneers are preferred, the dentist will take a mould of these teeth and send the mould to the dental lab to create the veneers, completely personalised to you.
Step 3: When the porcelain veneers from the lab are ready, the dentist will work with you to decide on the colour, size, and shape. Throughout this process, please don’t hesitate to let us know what your expectations are! Once you are 100% satisfied, the veneers will be permanently bound to your teeth with dental cement and ultraviolet light.
Investing in veneers is a long-term decision, meaning that you should consult qualified professionals. When you have an appointment with your dentist, make sure to ask them what their experience is with veneers and assure that they have a reputation for high quality work.
How long will it take to receive veneers?
After the consultation appointment and choosing the shade, size and shape of the veneers, the process of having the veneers placed is typically no more than two hours. In the case a local anaesthetic (numbing agent) is used, the appointment may take slightly longer.
What are the benefits?
Veneers not only improve your appearance, but they also improve your overall dental health (by strengthening cracked teeth, protecting teeth, splinting cracked teeth, and establishing a better bite). They can also improve your quality of life by creating a whiter smile and shaping your teeth to your ideal smile.
Are veneers for me?
Veneers aim to transform your current teeth which may be stained, short, uneven, chipped, unsymmetrical to a more natural-looking, whiter smile.
How long will they last?
Porcelain veneers last for 10-15 years, whereas resin composite veneers last for 5-10 years. The life of the veneers is dependent on how well you take care of them. Some things you can do to increase their life include:
- Avoid biting on hard objects (pen lids, ice cubes, nails)
- Avoid opening things with teeth
- Eat food primarily with your back teeth
- If you grind, invest in a retainer
- Wear a mouth guard for high impact sports
- Continue brushing well twice daily, floss, and any other specific instructions from your dentist