Are you or someone you love interested in porcelain veneers to enhance your smile? Porcelain veneers are great for covering gaps between your teeth, hiding crooked or misshaped teeth, hiding unsightly stains and even correcting overcrowding. Porcelain veneers can literally transform your smile and help you achieve the smile of your dreams with a minimally invasive treatment that will stand the test of time. If you’re considering veneers, you likely have a lot of porcelain veneer questions.
Keep reading to get answers to the most frequently asked porcelain veneer questions we receive at our office. If your question wasn’t addressed below, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and arrange a free consultation with our experienced Amherst dentist today. We welcome the opportunity to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Can I still get cavities with porcelain veneers?
One of the most frequently asked porcelain veneer questions we receive is about cavities. Many people think that since they have veneers, they no longer have to take care of their teeth as they would with their natural teeth. This is a common misconception. The answer is yes, you can still get cavities. With the veneers, you do have to keep them clean at all times, as it is possible to get a cavity in the space between the teeth and the veneers. Because the tooth under the veneer is still a regular tooth, you must maintain your veneers as if they were actual teeth.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
Another one of the most commonly asked porcelain veneer questions has to do with the durability of veneers and how long they will last. Porcelain veneers can last for years. The veneers that our office typically utilizes in our work with patients do come with a warranty of approximately five years, but the veneers can last longer. Veneers are quite stain-resistant. After several years, they might begin to develop minor stains, but they generally maintain their structure and color for some time. With proper care and maintenance, many patients have had veneers for well over 10 years.
How well do veneers match the color of my teeth?
If you do not place veneers on every tooth, it can be a small challenge to match the color of the other teeth. What we have found is that we can often match veneers to our patients’ teeth on site. In less typical cases, we send the patient to our nearby lab, where the technicians can create a custom match.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Probably the most common porcelain veneer questions we receive has to do with the cost. We understand our patients have budgets and since veneers are an elective treatment, many insurance companies do not cover the cost. The cost of veneers ranges among dentists. Our office prides itself on being extremely competitive and affordable compared to other dentists in the area. We generally charge around $950 per veneer.
If the patient chooses Lumineers, a more cosmetic option, the charge is a little higher around $1,050 per veneer, but because this option is longer-lasting, the higher cost can justify the duration. Porcelain veneers are sometimes covered by insurance and we would be happy to help you look into your coverage if you have questions.
This educational blog post was brought to you by Douglas Hamill DDS, an experienced cosmetic dentist in Amherst, NY. If you have porcelain veneer questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our office today. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.