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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can there be any cheaper, long-lasting alternatives to dental veneers?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Did you ever?: Did you ever hear the sayings, "you get what you pay for" and "you can't have your cake and eat it too"? There are methods to make some cosmetic improvements without having to go through the expense of porcelain laminate veneers. However, nothing compares to quality veneers by a competent dentist and dental lab in those circumstances when they are indicated as the best aesthetic alternative.
Dr. Dave Burns
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Orthodontics is good for closing spaces and aligning teeth. Veneers are quicker so it is a choice.
Jan 13, 2014
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
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I agree that Orthodontics is usually the best choice for closing spaces, unless of course there is a size discrepancy such as with peg lateral incisors. Veneers are ideal for covering the front surface of the teeth when bonding, and tooth whitening can't provide a polished, uniform and natural look. There are specific indications for both Orthodontic treatment and Laminates and sometimes both.
Jan 13, 2014
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
Dentistry 35 years experience
Get what you pay for: Longevity is dependent on the material used. porcelain veneers are stronger and non stainable compared to direct composite placed on the teeth.
Dr. George Hanna
Dentistry 16 years experience
Yes: You can get cheaper alternatives to veneers but not better. There is an alternative option for people with a budget but the quality is less. ask your dentist for prefabricated veneers.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Of course: Composite resin veneers can be applied in one day, last 3- 6 years, require a lot of maintenance (they often chip) and 1/2 price. They can be used for a certain situations and results can be amazing.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Please tell me if there are any cheaper, long-lasting alternatives to dental veneers?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Not really...: The fabrication of dental prosthetics requires time, skill, and money. There's an art to making them look just right, and the investment you will be making in your appearance is designed to last a long time. There really are no shortcuts. Veneers are usually cosmetic in nature, and if that is your case, it's something worth saving for.

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