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Benefits, Procedure, Costs, and Results

Do you have gaps between your teeth? Are they stained or chipped? If this sounds familiar, perhaps it’s time to consider veneer teeth. Made from incredibly thin porcelain or composite resin, veneer for teeth hides imperfections so you can smile away in confidence.

What Are Veneer Teeth?

Dental veneers are tooth-coloured shells that are attached to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. They are often made from porcelain or specific resin-composite materials and are permanently fitted to your teeth. Veneer for teeth can be used to treat several cosmetic dental issues, such as chipped, broken, discoloured or smaller-than-average teeth.

How Much Does It Cost To Get Veneer Teeth?

Although you can’t put a price on a beautiful smile, and the fact that medical aids do not cover cosmetic dental procedures, the average cost of veneer teeth in South Africa is anywhere from R5,000 per veneer. It’s worth noting that the cost may vary depending on the following:

  • Type of material – composite or porcelain veneers
  • Where the dentist is located (city, province or town)
  • The individual fees of the dentist
  • Optional finance charges from MediFin’s life-changing dental finance

What Are The Different Types Of Teeth Veneers?

As mentioned earlier, veneer teeth are mostly made of porcelain or composite resin and require intensive preparation work. However, there are also “no-prep” veneers, which a dental professional applies using a different process. If the patient needs several teeth veneers, a dentist may demonstrate what it will look like on a wax model. Here is a summary of the different types and the processes involved.

Porcelain Veneer Teeth

Some dentists will grind down your teeth and capture an impression of them before creating a mould, which is usually done in a laboratory. Once completed, the dentist can place the porcelain veneers on your prepared tooth and cement it in place.

Temporary veneers are often used until the permanent ones are ready. While some send the moulds to a lab, other dentists use CAD/CAM technology (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) to create the real veneer on-site.

Composite Resin Veneer for Teeth

For composite resin veneer teeth, dentists will etch the surface of your tooth before applying a thin layer of the composite material. In some instances, a few more layers of composite material may be required to achieve the desired result. At the end of the procedure, the composite veneer will be cured or hardened with a particular light.

No-prep Teeth Veneers

No-prep veneers include various options of brands of porcelain veneers that are far less invasive and take less time to apply. Instead of peeling away layers of the tooth beneath the enamel, no-prep veneers only alter the enamel. In many scenarios, no-prep veneers don’t require local anaesthetic or temporary teeth veneers.

What Are The Benefits Of Veneer Teeth?

Besides fixing gaps, and repairing broken or chipped teeth, veneers offer several other long-lasting benefits.

You can choose a colour of porcelain veneer that matches your existing teeth or give them a whiter appearance
Porcelain veneers share similar light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth which result in a brighter, more natural smile
Porcelain veneers are also more stain-resistant and durable and can last for many years with good oral hygiene
Veneers are a less invasive alternative to crowns since only require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel

There are some drawbacks to veneers in that they are permanent and it may take a few weeks to get used to having them. Since dentists need to change the structure and shape the tooth to apply the veneers and remove the outer layer of enamel, it can be painful. Some patients may also experience increased sensitivity after the procedure.

How Long Do Teeth Veneers Last?

While veneers can have a long lifespan, they may loosen through poor oral hygiene. This includes bad habits such as teeth clenching or constant chewing on hard food which should be avoided. To ensure they last as long as possible, simply practice good oral hygiene by flossing, brushing and visiting your dentist regularly. Below is a general estimate of how long teeth veneers last:

  • composite bonding veneers usually last 5-7 years
  • porcelain teeth veneers can last between 10-15 years

Do You Have To Veneer All Your Teeth?

While patients may only get one veneer if a tooth is broken or chipped, most people get between six and eight at the top to create an even, symmetrical smile. The number of veneer teeth will depend on the patient’s desired outcome.

How to pay for Veneer Teeth?

Like many dental procedures, veneers are not covered in full by most medical aid providers and can be quite expensive. Fortunately, with MediFin’s dental finance, you can arrange easy payments when getting your veneers, root canals and even braces.

Instead of paying upfront for your veneer teeth, you can settle the amount with affordable monthly payments over a fixed period. With MediFin, there is no need to pay a deposit and approval is almost instant which means you can do it while you wait at the dentist’s office.

You can apply online by simply providing a copy of your ID, proof of income, 3 months’ bank statements and proof of residence.  To find a trusted dental practitioner for veneer teeth, teeth whitening and root canals among others, look at our online directory.