On the contrary the answer is a firm no, cosmetic veneers do not ruin your natural teeth! In fact, they are designed to fit over your teeth and enhance their naturally beautiful appearance. The first step to understanding that veneers do not hurt or ruin your real teeth is to understand how they work. When you meet with one of our cosmetic dentists for porcelain veneers, we have your veneers custom designed to fit your exact smile. Whether you are in for one veneer or for your whole smile, your new veneers are designed and fabricated for a custom, perfect fit. Veneers are attached to your natural teeth with a special material that hardens under a certain type of light. After they are bonded to your teeth, they are shaped and polished by our cosmetic dentist until they are absolutely perfect!
So now that we’ve discussed how cosmetic veneers work, let’s talk about how they affect your teeth. First off, the material that is used to bond them to your teeth is not harmful to your natural teeth. This means that having the veneers attached does not ruin or hurt your teeth. Secondly, porcelain veneers are not made of enamel like the front of your natural teeth. This actually gives you some benefits. The main advantage is that they do not stain like your normal teeth would. Bring on the coffee and dark liquids, you can’t stain your new porcelain veneers! They are also incredibly hard, making them more resistant to damage than your natural teeth. All that goes to say that no, veneers do not ruin your real teeth! In fact, they actually have the advantage over natural teeth in terms of resistance to damage or staining.
So, you think you may be interested in cosmetic veneers? Naturally, the next question many of our patients have is: how much do porcelain veneers cost? Well, the cost of porcelain veneers is really very dependent on your specific situation. We wish we could provide an easy, guaranteed answer to that question, but it really is necessary to have one of our cosmetic dentists evaluate you for porcelain veneers to determine a cost. Cost varies based on the state of your teeth, your jaw, and how many veneers you are interested in. Depending on your insurance provider, you may be able to pay for some of the procedures through insurance. Some patients choose to place veneers on all their teeth. Others prefer to only place veneers on the top teeth. Some only want cosmetic veneers on the 6 or 8 teeth that really show when they smile. No matter how many veneers you are interested in, or if you only want to learn more, some see us at Lane and Associates! One of our dentists will evaluate you to determine if you are eligible to receive veneers, and will discuss the cost of the procedure at that time.