Chipped or stained teeth can be embarrassing, but cosmetic dentistry offers an easy fix. Porcelain veneers produce dazzling results in as little as three visits to your dentist’ office. Despite their widespread use to fix flawed smiles, some patients are understandably still cautious about committing to the procedure. In this post, your dentist answers three common questions about porcelain veneers in Clintonville.
How Much Do They Cost?
The cost of your porcelain veneers depends on how many teeth you’re having done. Traditional porcelain veneers generally cost between $925 to $2,500 per tooth and last 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers cost approximately $250 to $1,500 and last 5 to 7 years. Additional procedures that are commonly paired with veneers like gum contouring and teeth whitening will also cost more. Certain insurance companies will cover the veneer procedure up to 50% and many dentists offer payment plans.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
The placement of porcelain veneers is usually a pain-free procedure. Your dentist in Clintonville will most likely numb your tooth and the surrounding area before removing the dental enamel. In many cases, the amount of removed enamel is so small that patients do not require anesthesia. You may experience some sensitivity after the enamel is removed, particularly before your veneers are attached, but the discomfort should disappear within a few weeks after the procedure. The attachment of the veneers themselves is pain-free.
If you still have anxiety concerning the procedure, talk to your dentist about the sedation options they offer.
How Do I Care for My Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Brush and floss them daily as you would with your natural teeth. Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings to keep your entire mouth healthy. Stick to soft foods for the first couple of days following your procedure. Avoid hard or sticky foods until you feel comfortable with your new bite.
If you play sports or are prone to grinding your teeth at night, wear a custom fitted mouthguard to protect your veneers. Never bite or chew hard non-food objects like pens, fingernails and ice. Only use scissors to open packages and bottles.
A flawed smile can negatively affect both your professional and personal life. Porcelain veneers offer a quick and natural-looking way to reclaim your confidence and quality of life. If you’re ready to bring back your healthy smile, reach out to your dentist today.
About the Author
Dr. Danny Moosa is the in-house cosmetic dentist of Creative Smiles. He has almost a decade of dental experience and enjoys building life-long relationships with his patients. If you have further questions about porcelain veneers, he can be reached through his website or at 614-459-7766.