Veneers are basically like false fingernails that fit over the front and the edge of the teeth. They are designed basically to enhance and improve the color of the teeth, size, and shape.
What are teeth Veneers?
They are one of the most commonly used cosmetic dentistry materials. Veneers are made of two elements. One is porcelain, and the other is composite resin. The Veneer is designed to fit over the front of the teeth and just slightly over the edge.
Porcelain veneers are the most lifelike, the most durable and the prettiest form of the Veneer. And they generally have to be made in the dental laboratory by one of our master ceramic technicians. The other method is to use composite resin. And again, they can also be made in the laboratory, but very often they’re done by the dentist chairside. The dentist uses his artistry and his skill to build the Veneer up directly onto the patient’s tooth.
In essence, the skill of the craftsman, making those two things is the most critical factor in having them look natural. The second most important factor is the desire of the patient. Some of our patients want very natural, very aesthetic results.
Enhancement of their teeth, but not necessarily to make them look fake and that aesthetic choice is a personal choice. Some patients want the Hollywood smile or the perfect set of white teeth. They can look less natural, more cosmetic.
Veneers and caps are generally not referring to the same thing. The traditional term cap is usually referring to a crown. And a crown in the dental profession terminology is something that completely envelops the whole tooth. It’s a 360-degree wrap, complete enclosure of the tooth. And a cap is very often done when the tooth is completely broken down and needs major reconstruction. Whereas, a veneer like the term suggests is a very thin layer that fits just over the front of the tooth, almost like a false fingernail and it overlaps the edge of the tooth. So, in essence, the bulk of the tooth structure is still intact.
Veneers sometimes require very, very little or and in some cases no tooth reduction or tooth preparation. In most cases a very minimal tooth reduction, whereas a cap very often requires a lot of tooth structure to be removed.
The composite veneers can also be done in one visit usually. The cost will also depend very much on quality. The desire of the patient to look as perfect as possible, the complexity or the difficulty of the case for that particular patient will also have a bearing on the cost. And often the number of veneers done per procedure will have some bearing on the cost.
So, for example, if you have multiple teeth veneer, usually the individual cost of the Veneer comes down. And the single tooth that has to be matched perfectly to a natural tooth next to it can be almost as costly as having two teeth done because of the difficulty in doing that procedure. It varies, and it will vary from person to person.
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