Frequently Asked Questions about Porcelain Veneers

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, you may be considering porcelain veneers. Many patients have questions like how much do veneers cost and are they covered by insurance. At the Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, Dr. John F. Rink offers traditional, minimal-prep veneers, and same-day restorations made using our advanced CEREC® system. Dr. Rink can answer all your questions during a consultation at our Charleston, SC, office so that you can make an informed decision. For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can enhance the natural beauty of your smile, read through our porcelain veneers FAQs

Illustration of veneer
Traditional veneers require the removal of enamel but our minimal-prep restorations can often be placed without this step.

Who Can Get Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic which fit over the front surfaces of your teeth to conceal cosmetic flaws. A variety of patients can benefit from treatment with veneers. Ideal candidates for this procedure are in good oral health. For traditional veneers, you also need a sufficient amount of enamel, as Dr. Rink will need to remove a thin layer before placing the restorations. However, we also offer conservative, ultra-thin veneers which do not require changes to the structure of your teeth. 

What Concerns Can Veneers Address?

Veneers are a good choice for patients who want to conceal cosmetic flaws, such as:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Gaps
  • Misalignment
  • Stubborn discoloration
  • Misshapen teeth

The best way to find out if porcelain veneers are a good option for you is to schedule an appointment at our office. Dr. Rink will perform a comprehensive examination of your smile and determine if you have any oral health concerns which need to be addressed before veneer placement. If you do not qualify for porcelain veneers, Dr. Rink can recommend an alternative treatment, such as dental bonding or Invisalign®.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The final cost of your treatment with porcelain veneers will depend on several factors, including how many teeth you wish to treat and the type of veneer you choose. We can explain the factors associated with the cost of veneers and give you a personalized estimate during your visit to our office. 

Are Porcelain Veneers Covered by Insurance?

Since porcelain veneers are an elective treatment, insurance typically does not cover the cost of the procedure. However, we offer convenient payment plans to help you manage out-of-pocket expenses. 

Can Porcelain Veneers Be Removed?

Yes, we can remove porcelain veneers. With our minimal and prep-less veneers, we do not alter the structure of your teeth so your treatment is completely reversible. However, if you receive traditional veneers, you will need to continue wearing some form of restoration, such as another veneer or a dental crown, to protect your tooth. 

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

With proper care and healthy underlying tooth structure, even our ultra-thin porcelain veneers can last 20 years or more. 

Learn More Today

Porcelain veneers offer a range of benefits for patients interested in enhancing their smiles. For more information about our beautiful and natural-looking veneers, contact our office online or call (843) 766-1132 to speak to a member of our team today. 

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