North Central San Antonio Porcelain Veneers
A gorgeous, flawless smile is not something most people are lucky enough to be born with, but if you are lucky enough to be a patient at Legacy Dental SA, you can count on our cosmetic dentist and team to help you create a gorgeous smile. Porcelain veneer treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic solutions we offer. These quick, comfortable cosmetic treatments allow us to transform smiles in just two short office visits. If you want to learn more about porcelain veneers and your other treatment options, call our friendly dentistry team to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation in our North Central San Antonio dental office.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin sheaths of dental grade porcelain. The porcelain veneers are shaped to fit over the fronts of teeth, recreating the shape, color, and texture of the smile.
Who Should Consider Veneers?
Cosmetic smile transformation can be completed with porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of a number of tooth flaws, including:
- Replacing lost structure to chipped teeth
- Covering cracks in the surfaces of teeth
- Concealing deep set stains that don’t respond to whitening
- Closing gaps between teeth
How are Veneers Placed?
Porcelain veneers should be placed over the course of two appointments in our office. The initial visit is a preparation, planning, and smile design session. We prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of surface structure to allow the veneers to lay flat within the smile. Then, impressions are captured of your prepared teeth. Our dental lab uses these impressions to design your custom veneers. Finally, we place a temporary veneer. This allows you to get used to the look and feel of your veneer and protects teeth between visits. When we receive your porcelain veneers from our lab, you return for the second appointment. During this shorter visit, we simply remove the temporary veneers and place your flawless, custom porcelain veneers.
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
The cost of porcelain veneer treatment plans varies depending on the number of teeth, type of porcelain used, and a variety of other factors. In most cases, patients pay between $800 and $2000 per tooth to achieve their flawless smiles. At the end of the day, you truly get what you pay for when it comes to highly personalized restorations like veneers. However, you should also make sure they are the right treatment for you based on your unique smile goals.
Which Cosmetic Treatment is Right for Me?
Keep in mind that we offer many cosmetic dental services, not only veneers. All of them come with their own unique price point and help you accomplish specific cosmetic goals you may have. For example, our practice offers the following:
- Invisalign – While Invisalign can correct crooked, rotated, gapped, and misaligned teeth with relative ease, the treatment can take months to complete and be quite expensive (usually ranging from $5,000 to $6,000). They also do nothing to address the color of your teeth.
- Take-Home Teeth Whitening – Our take-home options let you whiten teeth on your own time and over the span of a couple weeks. While you can remove stains that no whitening toothpaste can touch, it can’t do anything for cracks or chips in teeth.
- Direct Bonding – The cheapest cosmetic option available at our office, direct bonding can correct the color and shape of your teeth in just one appointment. However, you will likely need to complete a touch-up every few years or so to ensure your treated teeth look natural next to your existing teeth.
- Veneers – It’s not a secret that veneers are more expensive than other cosmetic options, but you truly get what you pay for. This is especially notable considering a single treatment is all you’ll need to address nearly all concerns with your smile’s appearance.
How to Make Veneers Affordable
Since veneers are not considered medically necessary by virtually any dental insurance plan, you aren’t likely to receive coverage for them from your provider. Regardless, a member of our team will work with you to find the solutions you need to keep your dream smile within your budget. Our office accepts a variety of payment methods, including third-party financing through CareCredit. When you sign up, you can take advantage of options that allow you to pay for care with little to zero interest attached!
Alternatively, our Wellness Plan includes a 20% discount on all other services provided in-house, which include cosmetic services like veneers!
If veneers sound right for you or you’d like to learn more about the cosmetic dental options we provide at our office, please give us a call directly. We look forward to helping you achieve a smile you can feel confident showing off day-to-day, no matter the size of your budget.
How do I Care for my Porcelain Veneers?
Once your veneers are placed, we review your at-home oral hygiene products and routines. Most patients can maintain their regular daily tooth brushing and flossing plans, but we may recommend switching to softer toothbrushes or less abrasive toothpastes. You might also want to use a waxed floss to avoid pulling on the edges of your veneer. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, it’s important to use protective mouthguards as directed during sports events and practices and at nighttime to avoid damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching. You should also avoid using teeth to open packages and crack nuts and stop biting nails or crunching ice.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option to correct several imperfections using just one treatment. You can enhance the overall appearance of your teeth using a simple, minimally invasive solution; however, we know you have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to it. We’ll take the time to explain everything during your consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to veneers FAQs in North Central San Antonio to make the best choice for your smile.
How many veneers will I need?
A veneer can be bonded to a single tooth, but we often recommend placing them on the front 2, 4, or 8 teeth. You’ll enjoy more natural-looking results as the veneers transition to your real teeth. During your consultation, we’ll evaluate your aesthetic concerns and discuss your goals to determine how many veneers you’ll need.
Will I need gum recontouring?
Gum recontouring is a procedure used to improve the appearance of the gum line. It’s often recommended along with veneers to create the most aesthetically pleasing smile possible. In some cases, it’s also needed to remove excess tissue to reveal more of the tooth for a larger bonding surface. We’ll determine if you need the additional procedure during your initial consultation.
What happens if I break a veneer?
Veneers are more durable than ever, but they aren’t indestructible. Over time, they can lose their bond with their tooth, causing them to fall off. You might even experience a chip or fracture from daily wear and tear. No matter the cause, we can restore your beautiful smile by replacing any compromised veneers. Don’t worry, any replacements will match your existing veneers to maintain your flawless results. You can help safeguard your investment by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup. It’s also best to avoid anything that can damage your veneers, like chewing on inedible objects. If you play sports, don’t forget to wear an athletic mouthguard for an added layer of protection to prevent chipped or broken veneers.
How much do veneers cost?
There isn’t a pre-determined rate for veneers because the amount you pay is based on several factors, like the number of teeth you’re treating. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your consultation and explain the costs. A member of our team will work with you to find the solutions you need to keep your dream smile within your budget. Our office accepts a variety of payment methods, including third-party financing.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for veneers?
Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans don’t offer coverage for veneers because they are an elective treatment; however, every policy differs. There are some exceptions where your benefits might be applicable. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your insurance company. We will file the necessary claim forms, so you have one less thing to worry about.