A smile is one of the first indicators of personal confidence. That confidence is passed on to others. A smile can demonstrate love and kindness. Unfortunately, not everyone has a smile they feel confident about showing to others. Veneers are made o thin medical-grade ceramic shells. They adhere to the front of the teeth to create an immediate smile transformation. Veneers are individually crafted according to a patient’s needs.
Usually, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo an oral surgery procedure or a routine dental extraction can be considered for dental implants. Patients must have enough bone to secure the implant and must have healthy gums. The individual must also be committed to good overall oral hygiene and make regular dental visits.
Extensive tooth decay should not be covered by veneers. It is important for anyone who has tooth decay to talk to a prosthodontist about removing any decay before getting veneers. If you are someone who grinds your teeth it can damage veneers. In this case, a prosthodontist may be able to provide a solution that will help guard your veneers against damage such as a mouthguard to be worn at night.
Even with insurance, veneers are considered to be expensive. To understand the high cost of veneers you must first understand how they protect teeth. Another important consideration is how veneers are made. In terms of the cost, the amount you would need to pay for further damage to your teeth would be even more costly. Considering this, veneers could be deemed affordable. So let’s talk about how much veneers cost.
Porcelain veneers do have a higher price tag than regular dental maintenance. In Los Angeles, the price can range anywhere from $800 to $3,000 for a single veneer. The drastic price difference is because some cosmetic dentists, like the ones in Beverly Hills, have a more trendy clientele. A patient’s needs also affect the cost. However, some dentists will offer a discount when a patient gets several veneers. You would need to locate a Los Angeles dentist for a personal consultation to determine what you need and how much veneers cost you.
Changing the way your teeth look doesn’t impact your physical health, but it does improve your mental and emotional health. An improved smile boosts self-esteem and that can make you feel more confident. A healthy smile can make you proud of your appearance. Although veneers can quickly improve your smile, not everyone is a candidate
Veneers will correct slightly misaligned or crooked teeth. But if teeth are severely misaligned, too much pressure would cause the veneers to crack. In this case, you would need to have your teeth straightened first.
The best way to find out if you are a good candidate is to have a dentist assess your case. If you live in the Los Angeles area you can call Southland Dental Care to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Michael Abaian.
Before you begin treatment you will go in for a consultation. During this appointment, you will go over the goals that you have for your snap. Do you wish to close a small gap, cover up a few chips, or make more drastic changes? This is the time to design the smile of your dreams. The smile is built on computer software to be sent to the dental lab. The lab uses the design for the creation of your veneers. The expected cost, payment options, and a plan of action are discussed.
The first appointment is about preparation. Here is where the process begins. At Southland Dental Care, we ensure that an accurate impression of your teeth is taken and sent to the lab. Accurate impressions are vital. Some of the enamel must be removed so that your veneers fit snugly and will blend in with the surrounding teeth. Doing this ensures that bonded veneers don’t feel bulky or stand out from the rest of your teeth. After we have removed the enamel and taken impressions, you will be fitted with temporary veneers to protect your teeth until the permanent veneers are ready.
Once your veneers are back from the lab, you will come in for placement. After we remove the temporary veneers we will test the fit and make sure that everything feels comfortable to you and that your new look is just what you pictured it would be. Next, we will bond the veneers to your teeth and you are ready to go. You will receive care instructions to take home and will be able to get back to your regular dental hygiene routine in just a day or two. You’ll be able to brush your teeth and floss just like you normally do and usually last for years.
Porcelain is an overall sturdy material. Veneers should typically last anywhere from 10 to 15 years if properly cared for. However, they are not indestructible. How long they last are greatly determined by how well you care for them. Certain habits can shorten the lifespan of your veneers. The same bad habits that damage natural teeth can damage your veneers. Light natural teeth the nearest can chip or crack so biting down on things like ice, hard food, or objects can damage them. Repeated exposure to tea, wine, and coffee is also discouraged due to possible staining.
Over the last 30 years, dental technology has been developed to make veneers more convenient and lifelike. There is a new stronger type of porcelain that reflects light similarly to natural enamel. Digital Imaging systems allow many dentists to create near-perfect replicas of the natural color and shape of patients’ teeth. Other dental treatments, such as crowns and teeth whitening, can be incorporated with veneers to give patients a comprehensive cosmetic result and a truly stunning smile. The entire process is quite simple. Contact us to schedule your consultation and find out what we can do to provide you with a smile you will love showing off.
Dr. Michael Abaian is a skilled Los Angeles dentist at Southland Dental Care. Contact our office today to start your journey towards a more beautiful smile.