What are Dental Veneers?
Veneers are porcelain or composite "shells" that are placed over the front of your teeth to hide any imperfections, such as chipping or discoloration. Dental veneers are known as a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening and can last much longer. Call us for a free phone consult to discuss the best option to brighten your smile.
Dental veneers can address a variety of imperfections, including:
- Stained, discolored or yellowed teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Teeth that are too small or too large
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One of the biggest draws of tooth veneers is they maintain their color and can last for decades. Porcelain veneers won’t continue to discolor after your procedure and are incredibly durable once bonded. Tooth whitening, on the other hand, is more temporary, lasting an average of about six months. Tooth whitening involves bleaching teeth to break down discoloration, potentially increasing tooth sensitivity.
Porcelain veneers vs. composite veneers
While both veneer options can improve your smile, consider these factors before choosing porcelain or composite veneers with a dentist. Porcelain veneers tend to be stronger than composite veneers but cost more. Porcelain veneers require the creation of a mold of your teeth and a second visit for fitting, whereas composite can be applied the same day. Porcelain veneers have the potential to last decades, while composite veneers typically last only 4 to 8 years and carry a greater risk of chipping. Composite veneers tend to stain or yellow like natural teeth, while porcelain veneers resist staining.
What is the process of getting veneers?
First, your teeth will be measured or X-rayed in order to note any imperfections. Then, depending on whether you choose porcelain or composite, a mold of your teeth will be sent to a lab to create a mold or the resin will be applied to your teeth immediately. Finally, if you chose a porcelain veneer, you'll come back for a second visit to have your molded veneers fitted. If you chose composite, all you have to do is take good care of your teeth for a beautiful and long-lasting smile.
Are dental veneers permanent?
Veneers can be removed at any time to replace or repair damaged surfaces. However, the installation process involves removing enamel from your teeth. So while not technically permanent, installing veneers is usually not reversible.
How much do veneers cost in Wisconsin?
The cost of getting veneers will vary by patient. Pricing depends on the number of teeth treated, the condition of your teeth and other outside factors. The average cost of veneers in Wisconsin is:
- $200 - $1500 per tooth for composite veneers
- $950 - $2500 per tooth for porcelain veneers
Call us for a free over-the-phone consultation for a more accurate estimate based on your specific case.
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Dental Veneers FAQs
How much do veneers cost in Wisconsin?
On average, composite veneers will cost $200 to $1500 per tooth, while more permanent porcelain veneers will cost $950 to $2500 per tooth. The true cost of dental veneers depends on the condition of your teeth, which teeth you wish to cover and how many teeth you plan to cover. Visit Tanty Family Dental in Waukesha or call us for a free phone consultation to discuss the cost of your care.
How long do veneers last?
When properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for decades. Composite veneers, on the other hand, will typically last around 4 to 8 years. Porcelain veneers are highly durable once bonded and will not stain or yellow, unlike composite veneers. If damage does occur, veneers are usually simple to replace or repair.
Can you whiten veneers?
Unlike your natural teeth, veneers cannot be whitened. Composite veneers can discolor or stain over time, but it is possible to remove much of this discoloration with frequent professional dental cleanings. Porcelain veneers resist discoloration, making them an attractive choice for patients chasing the brightest possible smile.
Can veneers fix an overbite?
Porcelain veneers can improve the look of your smile for patients with overbites or underbites. However, the best way to treat an overbite or underbite is with an orthodontic corrective procedure. Tanty Family Dental can assist patients with overbites or underbites with Invisalign or SureSmile clear aligners, a fantastic and discreet alternative to traditional braces.
Are veneers covered by dental insurance?
Installing dental veneers is considered a cosmetic dental procedure, which is typically not covered by most dental insurance plans. Patients can help pay for veneers with Care Credit payment plans over a period of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months.