There are so many reasons in life to smile and laugh. If you’re hiding your teeth by smiling with closed lips or laughing behind your hand, then maybe it’s time to do something about it. Believe it or not, one great option available doesn’t even include the long process of teeth-straightening or the invasive surgery involved with dental implants.
Dental veneers are custom made porcelain (and sometimes ceramic or composite resin) “faces” that are bonded to teeth to change the shape or alignment, or to cover crooked, chipped, cracked, stained or otherwise off-color teeth. They’re an especially great option for fixing one tooth, or one row or section of your teeth.
Get your smile back fast
Unlike other time-consuming cosmetic dental treatments, the process of getting dental veneers only involves two appointments over the course of a few weeks. At the first appointment, the dentist will make impressions of your teeth and take photographs to fabricate the veneers to your size, shape, and color specifications. At the second appointment, the dentist will bond the veneers to your teeth and send you out smiling before you know it.
No pain, all the gain
Another stark difference between dental veneers and some other treatments is the absence of pain and discomfort. Most patients only require light preparation of their teeth before applying the veneers so they blend in naturally and don’t appear bulky. This will involve filing rough spots, sharp edges, and similar techniques to shape the tooth, and any discomfort involved can be treated with topical or local anesthetic.
Porcelain veneers typically last between 10-15 years, and in some cases they’ve lasted up to 20 years. Their longevity will depend on how well you take care of them. The primary culprit of damaged veneers is clenching or grinding your teeth. If you’re prone to this condition, your dentist will probably recommend a nightguard.
The cost of dental veneers will depend on several factors, including individual dentist fees, your dentist’s preferred manufacturer of veneers, your location, and the number of teeth requiring veneers. Typically, porcelain veneers range from around $900 to $2,000 per tooth. In comparison, dental implants typically cost between $1,500 and $3,500 per tooth. Teeth-whitening procedures, meanwhile, are less expensive, but the effects only last a few years.
First step: Consultation
Although dental veneers are a popular option for people looking to improve their smile, not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. And because veneers are permanent and the tooth preparation involved is irreversible, you and your dentist will need to decide if veneers are the best option for your goals. If you are an ideal candidate for the procedure, you’ll move on to the “smile design process” to ensure the treatment meets your expectations.
Next step: Give us a call!
At Soft Touch Dental in San Diego, we want everyone to be proud of their smile. If you’re considering cosmetic dental treatments to restore your confidence, give us a call today to schedule a consultation. We want you to feel comfortable and well cared for, which is why we also offer sedation options for most of our procedures. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to set your smile free!