Everyone Can Have a Celebrity Smile

Once upon a time, only Hollywood stars had dazzling, now a desirable smile can be achieved for many patients. Even tooth whitening was beyond the financial reach of ordinary folks, never mind the exclusive veneers. But those days are gone. With nearly every dentist jumping on the bandwagon of cosmetic dentistry, the cost of vanity has come down to earth from its ratified heights. Now we all have easy access to the procedures that once belonged only to those camera-ready actors and TV personalities.

Of the affordable options that can turn a rack of disappointing teeth into one of beauty, adding dental veneers may be the most cost-effective and long-term.

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin, custom-fabricated replicas of tooth surfaces that are bonded to the teeth to change their color, shape or length. They can be reconstructive (repairing chipped or broken teeth) or purely cosmetic (lengthening short teeth or closing gaps). They can be made from porcelain or composite materials.

Who can benefit from veneers?

Anyone with intact teeth and healthy gums can take veneers. Those with some discolored teeth or, teeth that are too short, were damaged by decay or accidents or have large gaps can benefit from dental veneers. Also, anyone who simply desires permanently whiter teeth may choose veneers since porcelain is far more resistant to staining than natural tooth enamel.

Will they match the rest of my teeth if only one or two teeth need veneers?

Yes. Fabricated from composites or porcelain, veneers can be closely match to the rest of the teeth. Many people like to have their other teeth whitened before adding veneers.

Wouldn’t crowns do the same thing?

Crowns may be the solution for some dental problems, but they may not be the best option for every dental patient. Why not consider veneers instead if they can accomplish the same desired results?

Are veneers permanent?

Yes. In order to bond the veneers to the teeth, some of the natural enamel must be ground off. While the veneers can last 10 to 20 years under normal, non-abusive use, if they detach, they must be repaired. You do not have the luxury of “buyer’s remorse” with veneers.

Move over Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta Jones. Your million-dollar smiles have a lot more competition these days. Schedule your consult with Dentistry at Rea Village today by calling 704-846-1401.

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