When dealing with a dental injury, the idea of having a dental procedure performed can be daunting. There are countless options for restorations, and it’s hard to know which one you should choose. Some of them are painful, lengthy procedures requiring weeks of recovery. Others are less painful but still require a lot of downtimes afterward.

The Types of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are an option for dental restoration. They provide a new shape, appearance, and color for the teeth in your mouth. It’s as easy as attaching a new material to the surface of your teeth. Veneers can be made of many materials. But, as far as dental restoration procedures go, they’re one of the simplest. There are five commonly used materials for veneers. Each material has a different benefit based on the severity of the injury to your teeth. The types of veneers are:

  • Porcelain veneers: Porcelain veneers are considered to be the best treatment option. They’re also the most popular. These ceramic veneers are resistant to stains, the same color as your teeth, and durable enough to last years. Porcelain veneers are also easy to wear and don’t damage the gums. However, they cost about $1,500 per tooth needing replacement. Porcelain veneers require your dentist to remove some of your enamel before installation. And if they’re damaged, they’re difficult to repair.
  • Composite veneers: Similar to porcelain, composite veneers are another available option. They’re cheaper than porcelain and easier to install. Just because they’re cheaper, though, they’re still just as durable as porcelain. They’re also easier to install, generally requiring a single visit. However, they are easier to stain than porcelain veneers. Composite veneers only cost about $750 per tooth.
  • Palatal veneers: Palatal veneers are often called lingual veneers and palatal onlays. These custom-built veneers are intended to restore anterior teeth caused by dental erosion. Palatal veneers are great for anterior teeth and are durable and long-lasting. With these veneers, your bite and gums are strengthened. Much like porcelain veneers, they are expensive. The cost depends on how much damage has been done to your teeth. Sometimes, it takes more than one visit to install palatal veneers. 
  • Lumineers: Lumineers are designed to reshape your teeth. They’ve been created as an alternative to porcelain veneers. They’re skinny and can last for decades. Lumineers are considerably cheaper than porcelain veneers. They’re also reversible, requiring almost no alterations to the tooth before installation. However, they can become detached from your gums. Because they’re not as thick as other veneers, dark spots can be visible beneath them. You’re looking to spend about $800-$2,000 for installation. 
  • Temporary veneers: Removable veneers snap onto your teeth and offer the look of a complete restoration. They’re inexpensive, non-permanent, and provide many of the same benefits while being removable. But because they’re not permanent, they’re not a solution. They offer a temporary fix a dentist should see before your teeth become too damaged.

Talk to Your Dentist About Veneers

Here at Countryside Smiles, we’re well-versed in all types of veneers. We can show you the different options and discuss their pros and cons. If you’re considering getting veneers to solve a problem with your teeth, call us at <phone number> to schedule a visit.