So many people don’t like how their teeth look. Some studies show that as much as thirty percent of people don’t want to show their teeth when they smile because they feel like they look bad. Being worried about how your teeth look can really hurt your self confidence and even make you want to shy away from social activities altogether. It doesn’t have to be that way. There is help for your teeth. Sometimes braces can be a fix for crooked teeth or an overbite. Teeth whitening will help in some cases, too. For a lot of people, what they would really like is a brand new smile. If this is what you want, then veneers can be a fantastic option. Check out the benefits of veneers.
What are Veneers?
Veneers are small pieces of porcelain, each shaped to fit exactly to your tooth. The porcelain is bonded directly to the tooth and helps create the look of a perfect smile. In as little as one or two appointments, you will have a radiant, natural looking smile. If your biggest concern is how your teeth look when you smile, this is the answer for you!
How They Work
When explaining veneers, The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry likes to use the analogy of replacing the siding on your home. Wear and tear over time can make the siding look rough. You can remove the old siding, replacing it with new and you have completely changed the look of your home and increased it’s curb appeal. Veneers do the same thing for your smile, and just like the siding analogy, you don’t have to tear everything down and start from the beginning.
Like the analogy above, veneers are a cosmetic treatment. They do not change the structure of your teeth, they change the outward appearance. Some of the cosmetic issues that veneers are used to fix are:
Short Teeth: Veneers can be used to add length to your teeth.
Spaces Between Teeth (or Gaps): Veneers can be used to cover and hide these spaces.
Discolored Teeth: Veneers can change the color of teeth and even hide stains.
While the process of getting veneers is basically painless and they can fix almost any cosmetic issue, you must understand that they are a permanent solution. You can’t get veneers and then decide that you miss having your gap and want them removed. There are “no-prep veneers” that are easier to remove if this is a concern. You should discuss your options with your dentist.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are a permanent solution, but like your real teeth, they do not simply last forever. If you take care of your veneers correctly, you can expect them to last as long as a couple of decades.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
Because they are a permanent solution, veneers are not cheap. The cost is based on the material that is used and how the specific treatment is done. You pay for each veneer independently, so it will depend on how many veneers that you need. Most people get six to eight veneers done.
Does Insurance Cover Veneers?
That will depend entirely on your specific insurance coverage. Most insurance does not cover dental procedures that are done for purely cosmetic reasons. If you are unsure, you can speak with the dental team’s insurance specialist to better understand if the procedure is purely cosmetic or also has medical benefits for you, as well as what all of your payment options may be.
Visit a Dentist in Murray, Utah
If you are unhappy with your smile and interested in getting veneers or you have other dental issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel W. Ormsby, DDS, a dentist in Murray, Utah who can help you get your ideal smile. Anything from oral surgery, x-rays, dental implants and veneers, we are skilled and capable of doing it all!