Loads of people in the pandemic took on a lot of cosmetic procedures, taking advantage of the lack of in-person time, allowing recovery time without anyone knowing what they looked like. One of the most popular treatments were veneers. As people continue to invest in the digital world with daily Zooms, they are becoming more and more aware of their teeth imperfections. People became very interested in developing a healthy and attractive smile. But what exactly are veneers, how much do they cost, and what are the benefits?
What are veneers?
These thin porcelain shells are similar to braces, in that they fuse to your teeth and alter the shape, color, size, and length of your teeth. Veneers can help improve a smile, lip support, and actually drastically reduce fine lines around the mouth. You can opt for one of two choices: composite (plastic) or porcelain veneers. They are either handmade by special techniques, dentists, or machine made.
What are the benefits of veneers?
Veneers can work to improve chipped teeth, discoloration and staining, size of teeth, gaps and spaces, poor enamel conditions, and crowding. When you first get veneers, the dentist or professional will start by taking photos and digital scans of your teeth so they can prep your custom treatment.
Once they have the initial plan (6 months, 12 months, etc.) they will create a mockup to show you the final outcome of your mouth. You will then be able to preview the mockup and evaluate the design. After it is approved on both ends, treatment starts with a cementation visit. During this step, the veneers enter your mouth and are cemented to prevent stains, leakage, and odors.
Like most cosmetic treatments, face or body, treatment pricing will depend on location and specialist. But generally speaking, they can range from $800 to $6,000 per tooth. It’s important to remember that you get what you pay for, and the cheaper option could potentially cause problems long-term.
How long do veneers last?
Assuming that you get them done by a reputable person, they can last between 5-30 years, deeming that you are taking good care of your teeth. Meaning, you should still be brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, using a mouth rinse, and getting a professional cleaning every 6 months. Luckily, side effects are minor, and generally only occur in the beginning of treatment, with a bit of tightening and irritation.