Get a Brand New Smile With Veneers!
Are you suffering from badly discolored teeth? Maybe your teeth are worn down, cracked, or even broken. Don’t hide your smile any longer! Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics has treated many patients with these conditions and we understand embarrassing it can feel. But in just three dental visits, you can get a brand new smile with veneers!
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped materials that are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth to help disguise cosmetic dental problems. Veneers may change the color of your teeth as well as their shape or size. They are often used to fix problems like:
- Worn down teeth
- Badly discolored teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Missing teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Gaps in the teeth
- Uneven or misaligned teeth
- Abnormally shaped teeth
We use both porcelain veneers and resin veneers in our practice,and each one has advantages and disadvantages. Porcelain veneers are more stain-resistant and reflect light more naturally, while resin veneers require less removal of the tooth surface and are thinner than porcelain.Your dentist will work with you to determine the best type of veneer to restore your smile.
Getting Veneers: Initial Consultation
Dental veneers are permanent and cannot be removed. If you are interested in veneers, you will need to start with a consultation with one of our dentists. During this visit you will be able to discuss your wishes for your smileand work with the dentist to determine whether or not veneers are the right choice for you. This consultation may also include an exam and/or x-rays to help the dentist choose an appropriate treatment plan for your needs.
Getting Veneers: Your Second Appointment
All veneers are constructed in a lab based on the model your dentist creates of your teeth. In order to create this model, you will need to return for a second appointment. During this visit the dentist will remove a small amount of enamel (½ millimeters or less) from the tooth surface in order to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. He or she will then take impressions of your teeth and send it out to the lab.
You may need a local anesthetic during this procedure. However we have a number of options available to nervous patients, including sedation dentistry and pain-free shots with DentalVibe!
Getting Veneers: Your Final Appointment
Dental veneers take one to two weeks to create. Once your veneers have arrived, you will return for a final appointment to have them placed onto your teeth. At this time the dentist will:
- Check the fit of the veneer and trim it, as needed, until a proper fit is achieved
- Check the color of the veneer and adjust it if necessary
- Clean your teeth and etch them to create a better bonding surface
- Apply the veneer to the tooth using cement
- Use a special light to bond the veneer permanently
- Evaluate your bite, remove excess cement, and make any final adjustments
You may need to return for a follow-up visit to make sure your veneers are remaining in place and that your mouth is properly adjusting to them. You may also be instructed to avoid staining beverages like coffee, tea and red wine.
Considerations for Getting Veneers
Most of our patients are extremely happy with their new smiles. Veneers are strong, long-lasting, and provide the appearance of natural looking teeth. So they are an excellent choice for restoring your smile.
However veneers are not appropriate for all people. If you are considering this type of restorative dentistry, keep the following factors in mind:
- Veneers generally last 5 to 10 years, so they will need to be replaced at that time.
- Patients who have active, untreated tooth decay or gum disease should not get veneers.
- Teeth may become more sensitive after veneers are placed because enamel was removed
- Patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaws are not good candidates for veneers.
- Veneers do not prevent tooth decay.
It is also important to remember that the color of veneers cannot be changed once they are in place. So if you are interested in whitening your teeth, you should make sure to do so before getting veneers. This will help your dentist create the best possible color matchfor your smile for years to come.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers varies depending on your how extensive of a procedure you need and how many teeth will be restored. Veneers are generally not covered by dental insurance, however, because they are considered a cosmetic treatment. So be sure to talk to us about your estimated costs during your consultation. Some options to help you pay for your treatment include payment plans under widely accessible programs like CareCredit™.