If you have been looking into cosmetic dentistry you may have heard of porcelain veneers. If you are interested in changing the appearance of your teeth you may have two questions: what are porcelain veneers and what do porcelain veneers cost?
Veneers are a thin shell of material (in this case porcelain) which is bonded with the surface of a tooth. This can be done for several different reasons including repairing and protecting a broken tooth or improving its appearance. Veneers can help provide an evenly shaped and spaced appearance to teeth as well as whitening them past the point that at-home kits and preparations can offer.
Porcelain veneers are placed over a tooth that has been prepared by drilling. This is important since the veneer can look artificial if it is too thick, and it can be difficult to work with an extremely thin veneer. They can change the shape and alignment of teeth as well as whitening them past the point that chemical whitening would permit.
However, veneers can be expensive. The price of veneers depends on the material the veneers are made out of and the type of bonding agent that is used. As well, if the shaping and bonding process is very involved, usually because you are trying to reshape teeth or fix the way their alignment looks, veneers can be more expensive.
There are several different types of porcelain that veneers can be made out of. They include empress 3, feldspathic, cerinate, lumineers and procera. If you do opt for veneers, you can expect to pay in the neighborhood of $ 700 to $ 2000 and more per tooth. If you are having multiple veneers done at the same time, it may be less expensive but this gives you a good idea of what the price range is.
If you are looking for a way to radically improve the shape and appearance of your teeth, you should consider porcelain veneers. With a little time and money you can get a radically whiter and brighter smile. The same applies with braces. They can make a drastic difference, but how much do braces cost is also a common question, with the same answer – not cheap.