Many people have gaps in their teeth and other noticeable imperfections. In terms of restorative work, there’s very little any prosthodontist can do about these issues. But these individuals have some options, mostly in the form of dental veneers.
Veneers are definitely the most cost-effective way to address asymmetricality and other such issues. But just how cost effective they are usually depends on the material.
Porcelain veneers always cost more than composite veneers cost. Porcelain is a very expensive material. Composite material, on the other hand, is more like dental paste. Depending on several factors, mostly the location in the mouth and the issues to address, either porcelain or composite veneers could be right for you.
Cost of Porcelain and Composite Veneers
Your bathroom sink basin is probably made from white porcelain. Porcelain in your mouth has basically the same properties as porcelain in your bathroom counter. These veneers are very hard and very white.
So, porcelain veneers are ideal for people who have not only symmetry issues, but also slightly discolored teeth. Generally, the discoloration process is so slow and gradual that most people do not know how yellow their teeth are.
Porcelain veneers usually yield amazing results. In Ft. Lauderdale, porcelain veneers will cost from about $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth.
Resin veneers usually cost between $200 and $300 per tooth. Advanced resin looks like porcelain from a distance, but if they look closely, most people can tell the difference. Moreover, while Dr. Stone uses a resin mixture that hardens very well, it is not as hard as porcelain.
However, if your issues are mostly structural (e.g. small fissures or gaps in teeth) and you want the most cost-effective solution possible, resin veneers may be for you.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Since porcelain is harder and stronger than resin, porcelain veneers usually last at least ten years, provided you take care of them. Much like your bathroom sink, porcelain veneers are also quite stain-resistant.
Resin veneers usually last between two and three years. They can wear out or stain. Fortunately, resin veneers are not just lower cost. They are also easier to reproduce, especially since Dr. Stone already knows the correct mixture to use.
Many people upgrade to porcelain veneers when their resin veneers wear out or stain. They do not last as long if you drink lots of black liquids, like coffee or soda, and you are hard on your teeth, e.g. you bite into hard foods or grind your teeth.
Either resin or porcelain veneers are usually a life-altering dental experience. So many of our Ft. Lauderdale patients tell us they didn’t know how much a better smile affected their confidence. To upgrade your smile, call Dr. John Stone at Best Dental Associates today.