Since 2007, Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS has seen many changes when it comes to ceramic veneers. While there are lots of dentists who will no longer use them, there are still many who do. As such, it’s important to understand what these are and how they work.
What Ceramic Veneers Are
These are thin sheets of medical-grade ceramic we will attach to your tooth front surfaces. They’re individually crafted for each person as everyone’s teeth are unique. Once they’re there, they will immediately improve your smile. Nevertheless, they’ll look so natural that only you will know you have them.
How Ceramic Veneers Work
During your initial appointment, we’ll discuss what result you want to achieve before examining your teeth to make sure that this is achievable. We may need to take x-rays and impressions to get a better understanding of your mouth. If we do decide this is a viable option for you, then we’ll set up another appointment during which we’ll remove 1/2mm of your enamel (about the same thickness of the veneer itself). We will then make a model of your teeth to send to the dental lab whose job it is to construct your new veneers.
In about two to four weeks we’ll bring you in to see the new veneers. We will look at how they fit and if it’s the right color, and make any necessary adjustments by trimming it down until it fits properly. Before bonding it into your mouth, we’ll clean, polish, and etch your teeth – making them rough enough for the bonding process in which we use a special type of cement and light beam, so the entire bonding process happens very quickly.
Benefits of Getting Veneers
There are many great reasons why you may want to get this natural looking treatment for your mouth. One of the main reasons is that this is a very conservative way to improve the color and the look of your teeth without aggressively shaping your teeth as you must do before getting crowns. Once in place, you won’t only appreciate how natural they look, but also how they’re stain resistant. You can even choose to select a color that improves the overall look of your smile without worrying about your gums not tolerating this new item in your mouth because typically everything goes well.
The Cost of Veneers
Even if you feel like veneers are a good option for you, it’s still important to make sure that you can afford them. Typically, they’ll cost between $925-$2,500 per tooth, but you must understand that this is an investment you can believe in because it’ll last 10–15 years with proper care.
Choosing to Get Veneers
This is a simple way to improve your smile in a way that’s quite natural. Most patients will tolerate and appreciate the entire process and its results. So, if you feel like you want veneers and that ceramic is a good option for you, contact Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-274-5400 to make an appointment to get the process started today.