Veneers are for the patient who wants a picture-perfect smile. By using veneers, your dentist can brighten and whiten your smile, correct small variations in alignment. and change the shape of your teeth. Patients commonly opt for veneers on the upper front 4-8 teeth, though veneers also work well on lower teeth. There are a couple different types of veneers, and each has their unique advantages and disadvantages. Dr. A. Wharton Ramsey and Dr. David W. Irby have years of experience helping patients achieve their dream-smile using veneers.
Ceramic veneers (aka porcelain veneers) offer the highest esthetic outcome. Your dentist will lightly prepare the teeth with minimal reduction of the facial (cheek side) enamel. Then we will make an impression, take photographs, and send the case to a dental ceramist. The ceramist will match the color shade and shape of the teeth to your preferences and return the set of veneers. At a second visit, your dentist will permanently cement (or seat) the ceramic veneers on to your teeth.
Lumineers are a type of ceramic veneer that do not require tooth reduction. In some patients this is a conservative cosmetic solution to the problem of stained, chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth.
Composite Veneers (aka Resin Veneers or Bonded Veneers)
Composite veneers are a more affordable alternative to ceramic veneers. These restorations consist of a tooth-colored plastic-like material that bonds permanently to the tooth. Depending on how many teeth are done and how much time is scheduled, they can be completed in a single visit. Whitening and brightening, correcting misalignment, and altering shape can still be accomplished with composite veneers. Generally, composite veneers are less durable and have a less lifelike appearance than ceramic veneers, but are significantly more affordable.
The cost for veneers varies based on several factors. Veneers are normally billed per tooth, so getting veneers on the front eight teeth is twice as expensive as doing the front four teeth. As mentioned above, composite veneers are significantly less expensive than porcelain veneers. The price per composite veneer may also fluctuate depending on whether the tooth has decay or not. A ballpark fee for a composite veneer is $300-500 while a porcelain veneer is $900-1300 per tooth. If you have dental insurance, check to see if there is coverage for cosmetic procedures. The specific dental insurance codes are D2960-D2962. If you have questions, please give us a call. 540 342 6800