Did you know that over 80% of people believe their teeth look horrible in pictures? Almost 60% of people will even cover their mouth when smiling. Sadly, thousands of people nationwide are even stopping themselves from smiling in photos posted to social media because they just don’t like how their teeth look.

Fortunately, there is always something that can be done! For most people who aren’t fully confident in their smile they may sometimes have overbites or underbites. With non-invasive corrective surgery or the application of braces, these problems can be easily fixed. In many cases, however, people are simply wishing for brighter teeth. For those folks, veneers can be a good choice.

What are Veneers?
Unlike crowns, veneers are made from skinny items of ceramic ware which will be custom-fit to your teeth so as to enhance the look of your smile. The best part? The treatment is completed in as very little as two (2) visits! Because they are custom fit to your smile, they appear natural once the treatment is finished. If you’re sad about the appearance of your chompers in photos, veneers can solve that drawback real quick.

How do they work?
Columbia Dental Care & Associates Veneers make your teeth look more amazing than ever! You can think about this like re-siding your house. Over time, it’s natural for the siding on your home will become weather-beaten, damaged, and simply begin to appear worn down. Replace the siding and right away you’ve improved the aesthetic and curb appeal of your home, without having to renovate anything else! The American Dental Association says you can think of veneers like re-siding your teeth. The foundation of your teeth remains solid, and the veneers raise your smiles “curb appeal”.

Veneers can also serve as a good cosmetic answer for several issues that folks have with their teeth, including; gaps, chips, spaces, length, and the color of their teeth.

  • Teeth feeling short? Veneers have you covered.
  • Spacing seems too wide? Veneers will cover them.
  • Need a bit more brightness? Veneers bring back that shine.

You get the gist. Veneers can solve most cosmetic problems with your teeth.

Getting Started with Veneers
The added advantage of veneers is their application is just about as painless as it gets. Here’s one thing to note, though – old veneers aren’t easily replaceable. Meaning, once you choose to introduce them to your teeth, you can’t quickly return to your “old” smile. There are types of “no-prep veneers” which are removable, however these have their limitations. Before choosing to pursue veneers it’s important you discuss this with your dental care provider.

How much do veneers cost? How long will they last?
The cost of veneers will vary depending on the type and quality of material used. 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 (according to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry). Once you start applying veneers to more than a couple teeth it can become more expensive. Be sure to discuss with your dentist about payment plans!

How long do veneers last?
Like your real teeth, veneers aren’t indestructible. With the correct care (which includes brushing and flossing, and avoiding arduous or sticky foods!) they can last much longer. Find ways to avoid grinding your teeth or cause any additional unneeded wear and tear on them.

Does insurance cover veneers?
Most dental insurances will only cover treatments that they deem medically necessary. For example, you may have had a cavity that needed filling or had an accident that resulted in a broken tooth. Most insurances won’t cover elective treatments exclusively for cosmetic functions. That being said, there are several cosmetic treatments which will be deemed medically necessary. When you have your next visit with us, be sure to discuss with your insurance specialist to see what elective cosmetic options may be covered.

What happens if you don’t like your veneers?
Fortunately, with decades of experience and a drive for complete satisfaction, our clients are exceptionally happy with their cosmetic results. When pursuing something that’s not easily reversible like veneers we take time to discuss what you’re thinking of for your new smile before starting the treatment.

Have questions on veneers or other cosmetic dentistry treatment? If you’re here with us in Florida then contact one of our representatives and we’d be delighted to invite you in for a free, no-pressure consultation.