For patients with surface-damaged, discolored, or stained teeth, dental veneer treatment is one of the easiest and most effective treatments available to recreate a beautiful smile. Rather than removing the affected tooth or installing a crown, applying a porcelain veneer instantly and painlessly to the front surface of your tooth with a special liquid resin restores its bright, natural appearance.
It’s a great, simple dental procedure, but is it worth the cost?
The cost of dental veneers is a concern for many patients. Are dental veneers expensive? While veneers can be initially expensive compared to other dental treatment options, they represent a long-term investment in your dental health and appearance.
Are dental veneers the appropriate treatment option for you? At Penn Dental Family Practice (PDFP) in Philadelphia, our dental veneer specialists are proud to offer elite porcelain veneer installations as well as other treatment options for enamel damage.
Ultimately, your personal preference will be a major factor in determining whether or not dental veneers are the appropriate treatment option for your specific case. However, we are glad to help walk you through the pros and cons of veneers. We’ve listed a few key points below.
Pro: Enamel Replacement
Your teeth are coated by protective enamel. Though highly durable, enamel can be damaged by acidic foods and drinks, as well as injuries to the teeth. Once eroded, enamel cannot grow back. Veneers provide an exceptional, functional replacement for lost enamel. And, once installed, veneers are fused to your tooth for life. While this one-time treatment is appealing for many patients, others find the permanent nature of the procedure somewhat daunting.
Pro: Whiter Teeth, Faster
No other treatment for whitening teeth and eliminating surface stains works faster than veneers, which instantly replace discolored surfaces with bright, white porcelain that is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Con: High Upfront Cost
Veneers, as previously stated, are more expensive than many other dental-surface treatments. However, the permanent status of veneers means that they are a long-term investment.
As an alternative to veneers in Philadelphia, people may consider dental implants in some cases. Dental implants are typically recommended as a long-term replacement teeth solution for missing or lost teeth because of an accident or disease.
A dental implant looks like a real tooth and is installed in three parts over several months. The entire procedure, which takes several months, helps provide a solid base for your new artificial tooth—just as roots do for your natural teeth. First, a small post, usually made of titanium, is surgically implanted into the jaw to act as the root. After the jawbone grows into the surface of the dental implant (a process called osseointegration), a connector, called an abutment, is attached. Then, the dental crown is attached to the abutment to finalize the creation of your artificial teeth.
When comparing dental implants vs veneers, there are several factors to consider:
Are you ready to talk about options for a beautiful, healthy smile for you or a loved one? Veneers in Philadelphia at Penn Dental Family Practice can be an affordable dental solution.
Find out more in our free eBook, “The Advantage of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures.” Download it here and learn about veneers, teeth whitening, composite bonding, porcelain crowns, and dental implants.
Then, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment here or by calling 215-898-PDFP (7337). We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile soon.