Creating a Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers
All About Dental Veneers
Veneers are truly revolutionary: No other cosmetic dental treatment can mask tooth stains, conceal gaps or make crooked teeth look straight in one fell swoop. Although cosmetic dental veneers were popularized years ago on TV smile makeover shows, today, they're practically a household name! So if you've been looking for innovative ways to put some oomph back into your look, consider contemporary cosmetic veneers over passè plastic surgery. Cosmetic dentistry veneers can make you look years younger — without going under the knife. Trust us, when it comes to cosmetic dentistry porcelain veneers, the hype is true. Find out what makes this cosmetic dental treatment so white-hot.
Q: Can anyone get veneers?
A: Veneers are appropriate for just about anyone. However, if you have dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease, they will need to be treated before you get cosmetic dental veneers.
Q: What's involved in a cosmetic dental veneers procedure?
A: The veneers procedure typically takes just two visits to complete. During your first dental visit, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a lab that makes cosmetic veneers. Depending on the brand of veneers you get, the dentist may also have to "prep" your teeth. This involves removing some tooth enamel to make room for your new cosmetic dentistry veneers. In about 1-2 weeks, your veneers will come back from the lab and your dentist will bond them to your teeth during your second visit. In rare cases, the color or shape may need adjustments and the veneers will be sent back to the lab for corrections.
Q: How long do cosmetic veneers last?
A: When properly cared for, cosmetic dentistry porcelain veneers can last more than 10 years. Treat your veneers as if they were your natural teeth: Follow the same good oral hygiene practices that keep your teeth healthy and strong (regularly brushing your teeth, flossing and seeing the dentist); avoid over-consuming drinks that stain teeth (coffee, tea and wine); and don't use your teeth to tear open packages, bite off clothing tags, etc. These good practices can help ensure that your cosmetic dentistry veneers for teeth last for many years.
Q: Are cosmetic dental veneers expensive?
A: Cosmetic dental veneers can be costly, especially if you want a complete smile makeover or need to cover several or most of your teeth. But in many cases, cosmetic veneers may be placed on just a couple of teeth — those with breaks or chips, for example — which is easier on your budget. Dental insurance may help cover some of the cost of cosmetic dentistry veneers; be sure to check with your provider or dental office staff for details. Dental financing plans like CareCredit® or flexible spending accounts are other ways to pay for your veneers.