When it comes to obtaining the perfect smile, this may take effort. One cosmetic dental procedure that can help you reach this goal is getting veneers. The end results of this cosmetic dental procedure can be drastic.  Knowing certain things about getting veneers can help prepare you for this process.

The costs

One of the first things you may be interested in if considering veneers is the cost. Getting this process completed isn't inexpensive and may be one of the many reasons people don't pursue it.

The average cost of veneers is $500-$1,100 per tooth. If your teeth were damaged due to an accident or injury, your dental insurance company might pay a portion of this price if you're insured.

The process

In some cases, it may be necessary to shave a small amount of enamel off of the natural teeth before putting the veneers in place.  It is common for temporary veneers to be put into place while the actual ones are being made.

Veneers are thinly made porcelain laminates that can be easily attached to the exiting teeth. The average thickness of the veneers is .5 millimeters and is placed over the existing teeth when completed.

The advantages

There are many benefits of getting veneers that and these are listed below:

1. Increased level of self-confidence because of your improved appearance.

2. Veneers are durable and could potentially last up to ten years or longer.

3. This provides an added layer of protection to your existing teeth.

4. These are easily cared for and simply require brushing and flossing.

The time

It typically takes two or three visits to the dentist office for veneers to be completed. This includes the consultation, having the adjustments made to your teeth, having the veneers custom-made and the temporary veneer put into place, as well as the completed ones.

However, this is a process that may take a few weeks to be completed because of the necessary steps that are involved. The total amount of time it will take depends on the cosmetic dentist's schedule, your availability and the amount of time it takes the lab to create the veneers. Additionally, the time per visit may vary based on each person's need, as well.

Finally, the result provided by getting veneers is usually worth the time and investment for most people. Be sure to consult with a cosmetic dental professional to discuss your individual situation and get any answers you need regarding this process. Talk to you dental expert, such as Douglas G. Genninger, D.D.S., P.A., for more information.