Veneers are a type of dental procedure where a thin layer of porcelain is applied to the surface of your teeth. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and can correct several different cosmetic dental issues.
At Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates, our team of Henderson dental experts will be able to advise you on whether veneers are the proper treatment for you and answer any questions that you may have.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that our patients have about veneers.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
The average lifespan of a veneer is about 10 to 15 years. With proper care, some veneers may last 20 years or more. Some people may need to replace their veneers sooner if they have habits that put excessive wear and tear on their teeth, such as nail-biting, tooth clenching or grinding.
Are Veneers Permanent?
Technically, veneers are considered a permanent solution because they are bonded to your teeth. However, the lifespan of veneers can vary depending on how well you take care of them. To ensure that your veneers last as long as possible, you must practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers can vary depending on the type of veneer, the dentist performing the procedure, and the location of the dental practice. Composite veneers typically cost less than porcelain veneers.
Some dental insurance plans may cover the cost of veneers, but it is typically a small percentage. Patients are then responsible for paying the remaining balance.
Do Veneers Hurt?
The procedure for getting veneers is usually not painful, but you may experience discomfort afterward. Your dentist will numb your teeth and gums before starting the procedure. Once the numbing wears off, you may be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This is usually temporary and will go away after a few days.
Are Veneers Bad for Your Teeth?
Although veneers are generally safe for your teeth, they have some potential risks. The most common complication is that the veneers can chip or break. This is more likely to happen if you have weak teeth or if you grind your teeth.
Another potential complication is that the bonding material used to attach the veneers to your teeth can damage your enamel. If this happens, it can make your teeth more susceptible to decay and other damage.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
While veneers are stain-resistant, they can become discolored over time. If you are considering whitening your veneers, there are a few different options for whitening them. You can try at-home whitening kits, which use bleaching agents to lighten the teeth. These kits are generally safe for veneers, but following the instructions carefully is essential and avoiding over-bleaching the teeth.
You can also ask your dentist about professional whitening treatments. Professional whitening treatments are usually more effective than at-home kits but can be more expensive.
Can You Get Veneers with Crooked Teeth?
You can get veneers even if you have crooked teeth. Veneers can be a great way to correct mild to moderate cases of teeth misalignment. Veneers may not be your best option if your teeth are severely crooked. In this case, you might consider braces or another type of teeth straightening treatment.
Can You Get Veneers with Missing Teeth?
You can get veneers with missing teeth. Veneers are a great way to restore your smile if you have gaps in your teeth. However, you must ensure that your remaining teeth are healthy and strong enough to support the veneers. If your teeth are not strong enough, the veneers could end up damaging your teeth.
Can You Eat with Veneers?
Eating with veneers is no different from eating without them. Many say their teeth feel stronger and more durable after getting veneers. You can go ahead and enjoy your favorite foods.
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In case of any further questions about our Henderson veneers, you can visit or call Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates at 702-473-5100 today!