veneers

Veneers (Porcelain Laminate Veneers) are the strongest way to repair a broken portion of tooth. Generally, they correct the same problems addressed by bonding. Veneers can cover up discoloration, repair a damaged tooth or change the shape or size of the teeth. They are much stronger than bonding and unlike bonding, will not stain or lose their luster.

Veneers are a two appointment procedure. The first appointment is for preparation. A small amount of enamel is removed from the front of the tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to the lab and the lab makes a new front, much like a false fingernail, out of porcelain. This new front is tried in, bonded, trimmed and polished at the second appointment.

Seating a Veneer is time consuming and can last for hours, but it is usually quite worth the effort. Compared to crowns, veneers are a more conservative method for restoring a moderately fractured tooth. They average from $400 to $1100 (depending on complexity) per tooth and will usually last four or more years.