The cost of veneers can vary depending on the type, number and complexity of treatment that is necessary. Generally speaking, composite or porcelain dental veneers are considered an elective cosmetic treatment and are not covered by insurance. Before undergoing any dental work, it is important to discuss your particular case with your dentist in order to understand all associated costs.
Veneers are typically made out of either porcelain or composite material. Porcelain veneers are made from thin sheets of medical-grade ceramic that is custom-made to fit each individual’s teeth perfectly. Composite veneers, on the other hand, are made out of a resin material that is applied directly onto the patient's teeth in layers.
If properly taken care of, porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years before needing replacement. Composite veneers usually last 5 to 7 years before needing replacement. Regular dental checkups should be done every 6 months or so in order to maintain the longevity of your veneer treatment.
Generally speaking, applying dental veneers does not cause any pain or discomfort as most dentists use a local anesthetic beforehand. After the procedure is completed, you may experience some sensitivity for a few days since a thin enamel layer has been removed in order for the dentist to apply the new layers of material. However this should subside once you adjust to your veneers.
Getting veneer treatment typically takes two separate appointments: one for initial consultation and tooth preparation and another for placement and final adjustments. The preparation appointment usually lasts about an hour and involves reshaping your enamel and taking impressions of your teeth so that custom-made veneers can be fabricated. The placement appointment usually takes about 1-2 hours where the dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth before bonding the new veneer onto them with special cement and then polishing them off for a natural look and feel.