Research shows that almost everyone has something about their smile that they’d like to change. Cosmetic dentistry can help change the appearance of your smile, One of the most common cosmetic dental procedures is dental veneers. The team at Glow Up Dentistry works with a lot of patients to change their smiles with dental veneers.
In this article, we’ll explain more about dental veneers, including the procedure for applying them, how much they cost, who qualifies for veneers, their benefits, and so much more.


Dental veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells typically made of porcelain or composite resin. They are typically placed on the top front 6 to 8 teeth to resolve aesthetic concerns such as discoloration, cracks, chips, breaks, or smaller-than-average teeth.
Veneers are placed individually, so patients can choose to just get one, or they can choose to get veneers on all 6 to 8 top front teeth.

How do Veneers Work?

Dental veneers are secured to the teeth with dental cement, which hides the aesthetic concerns and creates a beautiful, straight, symmetrical smile.

Veneer Procedure

One of the most important things to remember is that everyone is different, which means that what is good for one patient might not be good for another.

The first step in any dental procedure at Glow Up Dentistry is a consultation, which includes a comprehensive exam and imaging. We will also take the time to discuss your needs and expectations for treatment. Then, we will use this information to create your treatment plan.


While veneers are thin, they may feel bulky in the mouth. Therefore, the dentist will shave off a layer of enamel to create space. Since veneers are custom-made, after we shave off the enamel, we’ll take an impression of your teeth to send to the lab. Most of the time, your permanent veneers will take about 2 weeks to be made. We will apply temporary veneers to wear while you wait.

Placing veneers

When your permanent veneers are returned to the office, we will schedule you to come in and have them applied. Before permanently cementing them in place, we’ll make sure they fit properly and look right. If we need to, we are able to make some minor modifications in the office.
The temporary veneers will be removed, and the surface of your teeth will be etched. This will allow the dental cement to bond to the teeth better, securing your veneers in place.

Veneers aftercare

There is no special care required for veneers beyond waiting until the anesthesia wears off. As long as you take proper care of them, including brushing/flossing and visiting the dentist, your veneers should last at least 10 years- maybe longer with proper care and maintenance.

Benefits of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a minimally invasive cosmetic dental procedure that offers the following benefits:

How long do veneers last?

On average, dental veneers last 7 to 10 years. However, some research indicates that porcelain veneers may last up to 20 years, with proper care and maintenance- which includes brushing/flossing regularly and visiting the dentist every 6 months. However, no-prep veneers are designed to only last about 5 years. Still, since enamel removal is involved, this is considered a permanent procedure.

How much do veneers cost?

According to the American Dental Association, porcelain dental veneers range from approximately $925 to $2,500 per tooth. The good news is that you may be able to save some money by choosing composite resin veneers. This type of veneer starts at around $400 and goes up to around $2,000 per tooth.

The cost depends on several factors, including the type of veneer, the experience and expertise of the dentist, the location of the clinic, and the brand of veneer that your dentist uses. You may be able to save some by going to a dental school that offers dental services.

Unfortunately, most dental insurance providers consider this a cosmetic procedure, so it is not covered.

Are veneers worth it?

If you have aesthetic concerns about your smile, you may find that dental veneers are worth it for you. However, if you have functional concerns about your smile, you may want to consider other restorative dental treatments such as dental crowns, dental implants, and others.

Who Should Choose Dental Veneers?

If you would like to make some changes to the appearance of your smile, you might want to consider dental veneers. These thin, tooth-colored shells can create the picture-perfect smile that you have always dreamed of. However, if your concerns are more related to the function of your teeth, you may want to discuss your other options with the team at Glow Up Dentistry.

Schedule Your Consultation with the Experts at Glow Up Dentistry

If you have concerns about the appearance of your smile, such as breaks, cracks, chips, discolorations, and more, schedule your consultation with the experts at Glow Up Dentistry in Richmond. We will be happy to discuss your cosmetic dental options, including dental veneers. We are excited to work with you to create your perfect smile.

Veneers FAQs

Dental veneers are one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed by dentists every year. Still, many people have questions about them. The team at Glow Up Dentistry is happy to address any of your questions or concerns at any time during your treatment with us. Below we have offered some answers to some of the questions that we hear the most from our patients.
Dental veneers are not necessarily bad for your teeth. However, there are some modifications that must be made that are not reversible. Some of your enamel- and maybe even deeper- must be removed to create space for the veneers. Therefore, this is an irreversible procedure.
No, dental veneers do not hurt. You will be given local anesthesia to numb the area because some of the enamel will need to be scraped off. You may feel some minor discomfort as the anesthesia wears off, but you should not feel pain. If you do, this is cause for concern and you should return to the clinic as soon as possible to address the issue.
Yes, you can eat with pop-on veneers. However, you must be extremely careful that you don’t bite down on something that is too hard or chewy, as you may cause them to fall off.
Dental veneers are designed to be placed on existing teeth. If you are missing a tooth, you will not be able to have a dental veneer placed in that spot.
Dental veneers require the removal of some of the enamel on your teeth, and sometimes deeper. Therefore, while dental veneers are good for the appearance of your teeth, they may not be good for the overall health of your teeth.
Dental veneers are secured to teeth with dental cement, so you should be able to eat and do everything else that you normally would without any problems.
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