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As you grow older, it's possible that your smile may begin to signal your age. Staining, minor damage like chipping, and alignment issues can all develop over the years. Cosmetic veneers offer the fastest option for dealing with all of these issues at once. While they're not as useful for dealing with more advanced damage like cracking or root infections, veneers are widely used for situations that are only cosmetic. Choosing veneers can help you get a sparkling smile in just a few short visits, preparing you for a big event like a wedding or anniversary. Finding veneers near you simply means discussing your options with your Bellbrook dentist, Dr. Somaiya.

What Issues Can You Address with Veneers?

Veneers are largely recommended for cosmetic issues. While they’re typically not a good choice for more advanced damage to the teeth, surface-level issues are easily covered up with the layer of veneer material. This includes the natural yellowing that occurs with aging. Surface staining that doesn't respond to other tooth whitening efforts is best addressed with the help of veneers as well, in addition to chips and cracks that don't affect the overall strength and stability of the teeth. Many people are also surprised to learn that veneers can alter the appearance of misaligned teeth. Gaps between teeth will disappear if you have the veneers fitted to meet together in the middle. If you only have one or two teeth that are visibly crooked, it often makes more sense to create a different look with veneers than to invest in retainers or braces just for a small adjustment.

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How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The cost of a set of veneers depends on the number of teeth you need to cover. The materials used for making the veneers also determine the final cost. Your dentist in Bellbrook, OH can give you a more accurate quote for the cost based on a consultation. Expect to spend between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for the work. A single veneer tends to cost less than you might expect, but more extensive sets that cover the entire front teeth will come with a higher price. Choosing a less expensive material will save you money up front, but it also tends to shorten the lifespan of the veneers and lead to replacement costs sooner rather than later.

How Much Prep Work is Needed for Veneers?

In the past, extensive prep work was needed to create space for the veneer to sit flush against the surface of each tooth. This meant a lot of healthy enamel was removed in the process, increasing the likelihood of stability or sensitivity issues. Today's modern veneers require far less prep work and keep as much enamel as possible intact underneath. You'll spend less time in the dentist's chair preparing for the placement and will find the replacement process goes more smoothly when it's time for new veneers. If Dr. Somaiya thinks that more intensive prep will be required, she'll let you know during the consultation.

What are the Different Types of Veneers?

Since the material used for manufacturing the veneers determines their cost and how long they'll last, you'll want to understand the differences before making a decision. Porcelain is the most durable and realistic-looking material available for most patients. It's also the most expensive choice. Due to the stronger material, it's better for filling in gaps and provides more stability to the tooth. However, these veneers also require more prep work and enamel removal than thinner no-prep designs. For dark stains or discoloration, this material offers the best coverage.

Composite veneers are a more affordable choice that still last up to 10 years with care. While they can't hide the gaps or stains that porcelain can cover up, they work well for a majority of cosmetic issues. You'll need to take more care not to damage or stain these veneers, which may require some changes to your habits or diet.

Temporary veneers are only used for a special event or for a few months of wear. Your dentist can help create a snap-in set that requires little to no prep work so your smile isn't permanently impacted.

How Often Do You Need to Replace the Veneers?

If you choose porcelain veneers, they may last 15 years or longer with proper care. Composite veneers tend to need replacement every 10 years or so, even with the best of care.

Where Can I find a Veneer dentist near me?

Schedule an appointment with us here at Seva Dental for the highest quality dentistry care in Bellbrook, OH. We'll match you with the right cosmetic procedures, including veneers, to give you the smile of your dreams. Take care of your dental health by visiting us regularly for both preventative and cosmetic treatments.

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