A dental veneer, popular with Hollywood stars, is a fixed cosmetic tooth enhancement. Your cosmetic dentist completes the procedure in Chesterfield, MO to improve upon the aesthetics of a tooth or several teeth.
The veneer itself is a thin but strong shell, colored and customized to match your natural teeth. Your dentist bonds it to the front of your tooth, and it conceals the following:
- Tooth shape or size abnormalities
- Symmetrical issues (like worn or short teeth)
- Tooth color
- Gaps or uneven spacing between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Gum to tooth ratio
The Process for Dental Veneers in Chesterfield
Your dentist evaluates your oral health to make sure veneers are the best option for you. In some cases, your dentist may recommend pretreatments like professional teeth whitening before veneer placement. This method lifts stains that may show through your veneer.
You will also be involved throughout the process—from choosing your veneers to before-and-after images, from discussions to a possible wax-up try-in before the final placement.
On placement day, your dentist removes a negligible amount of porcelain from your tooth to ensure that your veneer fits flush with your neighboring teeth. Veneers require minimal prepping, and the procedure is not painful; however, if you feel anxious, ask us about our sedation dentistry in Chesterfield, MO.
Which Type of Veneer Is Best?
At Clarkston Dental Group, we rely on eMax porcelain for strength and beauty. This material is resilient and provides the most natural aesthetic to complement your natural teeth—realistic, translucent, and beautiful, allowing light to reflect naturally. Our eMax makes your veneers undetectable, and the color holds up over time.
In some cases, we may offer composite veneers as an interim fix for younger patients or those who are completing orthodontics. These are of good quality but do not have the longevity, level of beauty, or stain resistance of eMax.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
With proper home care and routine dental hygiene checks, a dental veneer will typically last up to 15 years. A lot depends on your regular dental care, everyday diet, daily activities, and the potential need to wear an occlusal (night) guard.
Activities that can damage your veneers include chewing your fingernails or pen caps, opening packets or removing tags with your teeth, grinding and clenching (bruxism). In cases where a parafunctional habit like bruxism is present, we can create a custom nightguard just for you.
Are Veneers Expensive?
A dental veneer is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by dental insurance. The price of a lab fabricated dental veneer may range from $1,300 to $2,000 depending upon your ultimate aesthetic goals, need to match older dental restorations, the incorporation of custom tooth colorations, and morphology.
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