Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental work that improves the look of a person’s smile. It doesn’t necessarily relate to functionality, but we all know how important a person’s smile can be with first impressions.
In fact, a study that was done a few years back on behalf of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) showed that 48% of people believed that a person’s smile is the most memorable feature when you meet someone new.
Their website describes the results of cosmetic dentistry in the following quote:
Smile enhancement can have dramatic results on your overall appearance; even the smallest step can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and make you want to smile more. With modern advances in dentistry, cosmetic procedures can range from a basic color correction to replacing missing teeth, and everything in between. Explore your options at Your Smile Becomes You.
See the original post here: What is Cosmetic Dentistry | AACD Dentists
One of the more popular ways to create an even, more attractive smile is with dental veneers. They are a thin shell made of porcelain that are bonded to the front cover of the teeth.
They can also be made of composite resin, but translucent porcelain is generally superior in most ways. The major drawbacks with porcelain are that there is a waiting period to receive them, they are more expensive, and if they break they have to be replaced.
Composite resin are tooth-colored filling material that can be formed onsite to create veneers, but they aren’t as durable, natural looking, and they don’t resist stains like porcelain veneers do.
The following video shows how veneers work using animation:
As with most elective cosmetic procedures, meaning it is being done by choice and not an emergency situation, insurance doesn’t cover any costs and the price tag can be quite expensive. However, it is hard to put an amount on feeling good about yourself and your appearance.
There are some other options besides veneers for fixing gaps, chips, and mildly misaligned teeth. As mentioned, composite veneers, also known as dental bonding, can fix chipped teeth but it isn’t a long term fix.
If your teeth are stained, you can have them whitened. If they are crooked, you can have an orthodontic treatment done, such as braces or Invisalign, which are clear dental aligners.
However, choosing porcelain veneers for a tooth that is chipped or to cover a gap offers a more lasting effect of 10 to 15 years. The cost of cosmetic dentistry and veneers are discussed in the next post:
Porcelain veneers are more expensive than the indirect or direct composite resin alternative. Traditional porcelain veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth but can last 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers cost approximately $250 to $1500 per tooth and may last between five and seven years.
Read the whole post here: How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost? | Are You a Candidate?
Other alternatives such as crowns are significantly more expensive and require a greater amount of the tooth to be removed compared to preparation for a veneer. After your initial appointment, you can usually expect to wait about a month to get your porcelain veneers back from the lab.
Because they are a thin shell of material, your dentist will advise you on foods you shouldn’t eat to protect the veneers. Hard foods like nut shells, ice or even carrots can cause them to crack or break and you cannot repair them, which means you would have to buy a new veneer.