Many people feel that their smile detracts from their appearance instead of enhancing it. No one should have to feel that they must keep their lips firmly pressed together in a closed mouth smile when greeting someone or showing pleasure. It is difficult to feel sincere and natural when you must always be cognizant of whether your teeth are visible. Learning more about veneers is a wise way to explore this option.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are simply thin shells of porcelain or some other composite materials that slide over the top of your existing teeth. They are permanently cemented to your existing teeth. Unless you tell someone, it is quite likely that no one will ever know the veneers aren’t your own natural smile. The veneers are very stain resistant and they can last up to 20 years. The longevity of the cemented restorations depends on how well you take care of your teeth, but even people who practice excellent oral hygiene can get a chip or crack in a veneer. Your dentist can easily repair the damage and generally at a minimal cost.
What Is the Process?
Typically, it takes two visits to complete the process. During the first visit, the dentist will shape your teeth a tiny bit with special tools. This process is generally pain-free and prepares the teeth for the veneers. Before leaving the office, he or she will provide you with temporary veneers that protect your teeth from sensitivity and provide you with a natural-looking smile. At the second office visit, the restorations will be permanently cemented to your existing teeth.
Paying for the Veneers
Many dental insurances cover some of the cost of the veneers. It can be up to 50 percent of the total price. Contact your insurance company to determine your out-of-pocket costs. Most dentists allow you to make monthly payments to pay the remaining balance of the cosmetic procedure.
The initial investment in veneers may seem high, but the long-term feelings of self-esteem and confidence that you gain are priceless. Talk with us to best determine if this cosmetic procedure is the perfect option for you. We have the latest dental technology available to give you the smile of your dreams!