Dental Contouring Vs. Porcelain Veneers: Which Is Best for You?

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Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile and have thus begun exploring your options for cosmetic dentistry? If so, then you've likely discovered that there are dozens of cosmetic dentistry procedures available to correct anything from missing teeth to chipped teeth and everything in between. If you're one of many people who is disappointed with the shape of your teeth, then either dental contouring or porcelain veneers might be right for you. By comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each option in addition to consulting with a cosmetic dentist, you'll be on your way to the right choice.

Dental Contouring

The process of dental contouring entails filing down and reshaping teeth to enhance their appearance. This option is a great way to file down teeth that have been damaged due to chipping or that are naturally misshapen (too long, too rounded, etc.). There are many advantages to dental contouring, including the fact that the price is significantly lower than that of dental veneers, typically ranging between $50 and $300 per tooth. The procedure can also be done in a quick office visit with no anesthesia needed.

On the other hand, dental contouring cannot fix all tooth imperfections, such as large gaps between the teeth or discolored/yellowed teeth. In other words, contouring is better intended for those with minor tooth imperfections.

Porcelain Veneers

For those with more major tooth imperfections, porcelain veneers may be the better option. Essentially, veneers are made up of composite pieces that bond to the front of the existing tooth and improve the tooth's appearance. Veneers can be made to match the color of the existing teeth as closely as possible so that they look natural, and can be made for just one tooth, a few teeth, or all of a cosmetic dentistry patient's front teeth. They're ideal not only for covering chipped or misshapen teeth, but for filling in gaps between teeth and solving problems of discolored teeth.

Unfortunately, veneers come with a much higher price tag than that of tooth contouring, typically ranging between $500 and $1,100 per tooth. Neither dental veneers nor contouring are typically covered by insurance, but there are circumstances (such as when a chipped tooth is causing pain or injury to the gums) in which some or all of the cost may be covered. The only way to know for sure is to check with one's insurance company.

As you can see, both porcelain veneers and dental contouring come with their unique pros and cons. Speak to your dentist (like those at Ahwatukee Foothills Dental) to figure out which option is best for you.


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