If you’ve always dreamed of that perfect smile but have less than perfect teeth, dental veneers may be just the thing for you. Veneers are made of porcelain or resin and are made to cover the front of the teeth. It can hide a discolored tooth or a tooth that has been chipped or cracked. The result will be a perfect looking teeth!
If you are interested in getting tooth veneers, you need to do your research first. Here’s how to go about shopping for dental veneers.
- Keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you are considering on getting this dental procedure done, then you need to take care of your gums. You’ll spend less money on veneers if there isn’t much work that needs to be corrected.
- Find a dentist. If you are considering getting veneers, a good cosmetic dentist can do the job for you. If you don’t know a dentist, get references from people who have had their teeth done.
- Find out if you are a good candidate. Not everyone can be a good candidate for tooth veneers. Also, the extent of the work that needs to be done will depend on the current condition of your teeth. Good candidates are patients with gaps between their teeth, as well as a patient that has discolored teeth, uneven teeth, chips or other imperfections on the teeth.
- Discuss what you want to be done. Bring pictures of the kind of smile you want to achieve. Be upfront with your dentist and tell him what you want to be done. In some cases, you may only need a few corrections. In other instances, you may need to have all your teeth done. However, be open to his suggestions and ideas. Remember that the same set of teeth will look different on different people depending on your bone structure and other details. You can’t expect your dentist to give you a Julia Roberts smile if you have a completely different shape of face, mouth, gum and molar structure.
- Ask about the procedure. It will take about three visits to get your dental veneers, with the initial visit a consultation is made while the remaining two visits are for the actual work itself. Ask about anesthesia as well as any discomfort you may expect during and after the procedure. Ask about the recovery time. Some dentists may require x-rays of your teeth and a thorough inspection will be done. You’ll be shown samples of the type of veneers that can be used in your particular case.
- Set your budget. Getting veneers is expensive and it is not usually covered by dental insurance because it is considered as a cosmetic procedure. Dentists may charge anywhere from $500 to over a thousand dollars per tooth, depending on where you live and the extent of the work. If you want temporary veneers while you wait to get your actual veneers, there is an additional fee. Find out any payment schemes the dentist may offer. Before you commit with a dentist, find one that is able to provide you the service at a price you can afford.
Talk to more than one dentist and go with whom you feel you are comfortable with. Make sure the dentist has a good reputation. If so, then go ahead and get it done.