How Much do Veneers Cost and do they Stain?
Men and women are placing more emphasis on a good smile than ever before. It’s something they strive for in themselves and it’s one of the first things they look for in a partner. It’s no surprise then that the demand for veneers is rising year on year. Millions of Americans proudly sport a row of pearly porcelains and will do everything they can to keep them as white and gleaming as the day they bought them.
If you want to get veneers yourself and are concerned about the cost and future dental work, or you already have them and want to know what you can and can’t do, then keep reading.
Do Veneers Stain?
Veneers can stain, but not quite like real teeth. The exterior of a tooth is enamel, a material that looks impenetrable and solid, but is actually quite porous. When you eat and drink certain foods, including dark fruits, coffee, tea, and wine, your enamel can stain and over time it can go from a gleaming white to a dull yellow.
Porcelain is not porous and will not stain in the same way. But stains can accumulate around the edges of your veneers and they can also accumulate plaque just like real teeth. This causes a few problems for people with veneers, because on the one hand they need to brush and whiten their expensive porcelains, but on the other hand hard brushing with whitening toothpastes could damage the porcelain.
Veneers, crowns and other expensive dental work can also be damaged by teeth whitening kits, including the high-priced kits offered by your dentist. One of our goals in creating the Snow Teeth Whitening Kit was to formulate something that was just as effective as professional kits, but could also be used by people with expensive dental work. Snow will make those veneers look brand new, even if they are 5 or 10 years old, and it won’t damage them in the slightest, so you can use it again and again, restoring the whiteness of your veneers and any surrounding teeth.
How Much do Veneers Cost?
There are two types of veneer: porcelain and composite. A porcelain veneer is designed to last for up to 15 years (and often much longer) and can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500. It is more durable and more aesthetically pleasing. A composite veneer can cost as little as $250, but it may only last a few years and is more susceptible to damage.
Providing you haven’t had any extractions, then you should have 32 teeth in your mouth, but you won’t need veneers on all of these. Veneers are typically applied only to the teeth that are visible when you smile. Depending on previous dental work, your smile and your budget, this could range from 8 to 16 teeth, or anywhere from $8,000 to $40,000 for a porcelain smile and $2,000 to $24,000 for a composite one.
It’s a lot of money, but if you have that sort of money burning a hole in you bank account, have always been self conscious about your smile and think that veneers will improve your career or love life, it could be money well spent. There are some issues with veneers though:
Alternatives to Veneers
There are alternative ways to get a winning smile. The best is to keep your original teeth as they are and simply use a gentle, effective teeth whitening kit like Snow. Teeth whitening at your dentist can cost as much as a couple veneers, leading many to take the plunge and just opt for the porcelains, but Snow is available for a fraction of the price. In fact, our main teeth whitening kit, which will last through several applications, is available for a tenth of the price of the average porcelain veneer!
If you’re worried about the state of your teeth, whether because they are crooked, chipped or simply bigger than you would like, then book an appointment with your dentist and see what can be done. You would be amazed at what modern dentistry can do and how cheap and easy the processes are. They can help you to clean, repair, straighten and resize your teeth, after which you can get yourself a Snow kit (take a look at this review to see what customers are saying!) and turn those freshly cleaned and repaired teeth bright white!
And don’t worry about sensitivity. While this is a big issue with most teeth whitening kits, it’s not an issue with Snow. We developed our formula to be kind to your enamel, which means it’s safe to be used several times and will not leave you wincing in pain every time you have a cold drink.