What are the Best Veneers Made Of?

Tooth Veneers are a thin shells made out of porcelain or composite material. They are custom-made and attached to the front side of the teeth.  A veneer can be used to treat dental conditions such as a slightly crooked tooth, discolored teeth, chipped teeth or they can even be used to close spaces between the teeth. A veneer can be made by the dentist or in a dental laboratory, depending on the materials used and/or the requirements of the patient.  CareWay Dental…one of our clients thinks tooth veneers are one of the newer and more popular techniques used in cosmetic dentistry today.  As mentioned in the definition, they are usually indicated for anterior (front) teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, rotated, poorly shaped or badly positioned.


Bite Registration for Veneers

The Lewisville dentist may recommend a veneer instead of a full crown coverage to conserve tooth structure.  The final treatment for the individual patient can vary considerably depending on the patient’s occlusion (bite relationship between the upper and lower front teeth) and size of their pocket-book.  If crowns are indicated, more tooth structure is removed, takes longer and costs more.  Veneers usually cost less but, they have some limitations where they can be used for a good, long- term prognosis.  A tooth veneer somewhat resembles a false finger-nail that many people of fashion use today to make their nails look longer and better with variable color shades.There are two types of tooth veneers available. One is the direct veneer procedure, which is done in the dental office by a dentist and the indirect method which is begun in a dental office, prepared by a dentist who then sends an impression to a dental laboratory for final processing.

As you might surmise, the direct method is done immediately in the dental chair with the patient leaving with an improved smile that same day. The indirect method takes longer and involves the use of a dental laboratory to make the final product which is then applied in another appointment. The cost of a direct veneer should be considerably less than a laboratory made veneer! Why? The indirect veneer costs more because it takes more time in the dental office to prepare the teeth, make provisional coverage and have an additional laboratory bill to pay.  Well, just how Much do Veneers cost Per Tooth?

Veneers…Now What?

After you have established yourself as a candidate for teeth veneers, a dentist such as the lewisville dentist we spoke of can then ask the obvious question, how much do veneers cost?  The cost of dental veneers varies significantly on a case-by-case basis, the most important factor will be the number of veneers needed. It goes without saying that the more veneers required for smile makeover, the higher the cost the treatment will be.

tooth-veneersThe direct veneer procedure usually is begun and completed in one dental visit. The material used is usually a composite resin-like material. There are no lab fees involved and although the final out come is quite satisfactory, the quality and appearance will not be as good as the indirect veneers that are custom- made at a dental laboratory.  The indirect procedure involves the preparation of the teeth, an impression of the prepared teeth and the placement of temporary veneers to protect the prepared teeth until the next visit.

On the next visit, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers, try in the permanent veneers to make sure they fit accurately and most importantly that they are the correct shape, size and color.Once this step is completed and has your approval, the dentist will apply a mild acid solution on the remaining enamel surface of the tooth. This procedure is called etching of the tooth.  Following this etching procedure the dentist will apply a bonding agent which is then accompanied by the use of a very bright light for curing the initial bond between the tooth and the veneer.