What Are Veneers and How Do They Work?  

If you are not happy with your teeth and wondering what options you have, we are here to help. Have you ever heard of veneers? You might have, but do you really know what they are and how they work?

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth for the purpose of fixing any given dental issue (more about that in a moment). Applying veneers is kind of like resurfacing your teeth to fix a dental or cosmetic issue. The main purpose of veneers is to improve the overall look of your smile.

How Are Veneers Applied?

Applying veneers to your teeth is virtually painless. The process of applying traditional veneers involves grinding down your tooth’s structure which can include removing some of the tooth even past the enamel. The veneers are then applied to your teeth and the dentist will shine a special light on them to activate the chemicals. This will cause the cement to quickly harden. It is important to note that these types of veneers are not reversible.

What Types of Dental Issues Can Veneers Correct?

Veneers can be used to correct many dental issues including the following.

  • Gaps
  • Chips
  • Spaces
  • Length
  • Color

No-Prep Removable Veneers

Some veneers are removable. These are called no-prep veneers. However, there are several limitations with these. So talk with your dentist about both options so you can make an informed decision about which one is best for you.

How Long Does It Take to Apply Veneers?

Applying veneers can usually be completed in as few as two office visits.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

High-quality, well-fitted veneers will usually last somewhere between 10 and 20 years if you care for them properly.

Are Veneers Covered by Insurance?

Unfortunately, veneers are a cosmetic application; therefore, they are not usually covered by insurance. However, in the case that your veneers are deemed medically necessary, your insurance might cover them.

What’s Next?

If you want more information about veneers or simply have a few questions about veneers or veneer alternatives, please Contact Rayburn General Dentistry today. We offer a wide range of services, as well as monthly payment plans, so you don’t have to put off any of your dental wants and needs.


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