Are Dental Veneers Worth It?

Cosmetic dental treatments are rarely covered by insurance. Since they are often an out-of-pocket expense, it’s smart to closely consider their costs and the benefits. When considering cost, it’s important to look past the simple numbers. In addition to your budget, you’ll want to look at factors like the condition of your teeth, the speed of treatment, and the life span of different treatments.

Our Snellville, GA dentists are happy to meet with you for a free cosmetic consultation to walk you through all of your options and help you choose the one that best fits your needs. Call (770) 676-1122 or use our online form to schedule your appointment.

In the meantime, check out this information on dental veneers. We’ve provided it for you because you can use veneers to fix a wide variety of smile flaws. While they provide similar results as some of our other cosmetic solutions, there are some key differences too.

They are rarely the least expensive option to address an issue. So it’s natural to ask: Are dental veneers worth it?

What Are Dental Veneers?

Veneers are thin “shells” that are custom made for you. They’re applied to the front surfaces of your teeth, where they cover smile flaws and also help strengthen your teeth. If well-matched to your other teeth, they won’t be obvious at all. In fact, it’s a safe bet many celebrities with “perfect” smiles wear veneers! One brand of veneer we offer was featured on the TV shows Extreme Makeover and The Swan.

The imperfections you can conceal with veneers include chips, small cracks, gaps, stains, misshapen teeth, and teeth that are too short.

We use three types of veneers. They differ somewhat in cost, appearance, and durability. Two of them require our dentists to remove a small amount of your enamel before affixing them to teeth. The third type, called Lumineers, are often referred to as “prepless” because we may not need to remove any enamel. If we do, it will be less than with the other veneers.

Dental Veneers vs. Other Cosmetic Treatments

Depending on the smile problem you want to solve, you probably have options other than veneers. We’ve listed some of the considerations here. But our dentists are happy to discuss any of these with you in more detail during a free cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Veneers vs. bonding. Bonding, a treatment that involves applying tooth-colored composite to your teeth, can be used for some of the same flaws as veneers. Less expensive than veneers, it works best for minor issues such as small chips. It can usually be completed in a single appointment. Unlike veneers, bonding material is not stain-resistant.

Veneers vs. whitening. Teeth whitening treatments are far less costly than veneers. However, they must be repeated fairly often to keep your smile bright. Whitening works well for surface stains like those you get from drinking coffee. If your discoloration is due to darkening of your tooth’s interior, veneers are a better choice.

Veneers vs. Invisalign. Veneers are sometimes called “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover small gaps or minor alignment issues. Since treatment with veneers can be completed in just a few visits, it is obviously much quicker than Invisalign. It may be less expensive too, depending on the number of teeth involved. Unlike Invisalign, veneers won’t actually correct orthodontic issues; they will just conceal them.

Veneers vs. crown. While veneers can be used to cover small cracks, a dental crown is a better choice for more extensive dental damage. Because it covers your entire tooth, a crown offers more protection against further damage. When used with a dental implant or a dental bridge, a crown can even replace a missing tooth.

Veneers vs. Snap-On Smile. This removable prosthetic “snaps” on over your smile. While it’s quick, painless, and affordable, it is not a lasting solution. It will last about as long as a mouthguard or other similar oral appliance. It will also not look as natural as veneers.

Because Parkway Dental offers so many cosmetic dental treatments, we feel confident you’ll find at least one that is right for your smile! Contact us by calling (770) 676-1122 or using our online form. Even if insurance doesn’t cover your treatment, don’t worry too much about payment. We work with you to make it as easy as possible. We even offer an in-house financing program.

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