veneer crowns

How much does it cost a porcelain veneer?

The average price is around US$1,000.00 but there are more important things to know, such as the difference for dental porcelain laminate and crown.

Porcelain veneers are the most popular dental cosmetic treatment among celebrities. Are used to improve the appearance of anterior teeth and more rarely an alternative to tooth whitening.

A dental porcelain veneer is a ceramic cover bonded to the labial face of the anterior teeth, intended to whiten the teeth and / or correct minor aesthetics defects. It lasts approximately 10 to 15 years.

Veneer vs crown
When the tooth is badly damaged it will be better to make a porcelain dental crown.

Porcelain veneers have several applications:

  1. Close small gaps between teeth (i.e. diastema)
  2. Correct minor misalignments without an orthodontics treatment
  3. Rebuild / restore small chips at the edges of teeth
  4. Whitening stained or dark teeth
  5. Create a more youthful and engaging smile

Usually the process consists of removing or etching the outer bucal layer of enamel from the tooth. Then the dentist gets an impression that sends to the dental laboratory. The patient leaves the clinic with temporary facets while waiting for the final ceramics production. The porcelain veneer not only improves the aesthetics but also gives the tooth its sturdiness.

However, it is good to be aware of some cons. The entire procedure is invasive and irreversible. Some of the side effects are toothaches or disconfort for some time, varying greatly from case to case. Another problem is when an error occurs and the nerve of the tooth inflames, in this situation the most certain thing is to have a root channel treatment done.

The process has to be properly evaluated. You also have to worry about a warranty. Imagine falling and suffering an accident with one of the veneers. What will happen in such a case?

Composite vs porcelain Veneer

A less durable but much cheaper alternative that requires less tooth wear is the laminate composite veneer. It is an alternative with some advantages except duration and resistance to stains. Naturally it will need to be redone within a few years but it pays off for the difference in price and for being less invasive.

Porcelain Laminate Veneer

The major difference between the Laminate Veneer and the regular Porcelain Veneer is that in the former case there is no mechanical wear of the face of the teeth. Phosphoric acid is used to slightly corrode the enamel and promote adhesion of the laminate, which has a minimum thickness of 0.2 to 0.3mm. The tooth becomes a bit bulky due to this increase in its size but in many cases it is not significant or noticeable. The average price of the laminate does not differ much from the price of the normal veneer.

Cons of Dental veneers

People who suffer from bruxism (grinding teeth) should not use porcelain veneers or laminate veneers at all. For those people, the porcelain jacket or crown is more appropriate. Under any circumstance it should be used on the lower front teeth. They will be subject to constant fall out.

Caring for porcelain veneers

Food with intense natural colors such as coffee, dark tea or red wine can stain the union between facets and teeth. Do perform adequate dental hygiene so as to keep teeth and gums healthy. Teeth should be cleaned and checked at the clinic twice a year for maintenance. Avoid biting pork chop or chicken bone and the ingestion of frozen foods that can crack the porcelain. Note that Porcelain Veneers may split or crack but usually do not change in color.

Before deciding on the placement of dental porcelain veneers, you should keep in mind that removing the enamel to accommodate them, is an irreversible process. Also have in mind that a porcelain veneer has a longevity of maximum 20 years. Which will require new veneers in the medium term.