Dental veneers are extremely thin layers of porcelain or composite that are permanently bonded to the surface of teeth to cover only the visible part of teeth. Veneers make chipped, cracked, discolored, or badly stained teeth look whiter and brighter.
Unlike crowns or implants, the veneer covers only the part of the tooth that’s visible to others– not entire teeth as in the case of a crown – so the process is much more comfortable and less time-consuming than procedures requiring surgery. And costs can be far lower for veneers than custom-making implants or crowns, which can be somewhat involved procedures.
Dental veneers have become very popular, and are being used more frequently in place of tooth bonding, which had been the primary method for repairing small chips, cracks or imperfections in teeth for many years. Now, dental patients have an affordable choice for improving their smile with veneers, which tend to be longer-lasting and more natural looking that tooth bonding.
Because they’re more popular, dental veneer technology has also become more affordable over time. Dental veneers can be composite resin, which can cost a few hundred to several hundred dollars per tooth. More traditional porcelain veneers can cost more but may last several years longer than composite veneers
Tooth bonding is a quick solution for resolving dental imperfections. It works well to temporarily address a single compromised tooth, like a chipped or cracked tooth, but porous composite material can break apart and stain.
Dental veneers are a longer-term option than bonding that is more natural-looking and less prone to discoloration. For a whiter, brighter smile, veneers from the Smile Center Family Dentistry are a great alternative to bonding.
Applying dental veneers typically requires a three-step process:
The Smile Center Family Dentistry will guide you through veneer selection and customization. Start by making an appointment to evaluate your teeth for veneers. Our dental veneer professionals will determine color, fit, and will work with the veneers lab to create custom dental veneers that match your tooth alignment, bond to your teeth, and immediately improve and brighten your smile.