Risky Business

What You Don’t Know About Veneers Can Hurt You

Everyone wants that “Hollywood” smile, but at what cost? Veneers are just one of options patients have when trying to obtain that unforgettable look. Costing anywhere from $900.00 to $1700.00 per unit in most markets, veneers are thin porcelain, ceramic or composite shells placed over dentally treated teeth.

Veneers are typically used to correct:
  • Gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Dark or stained teeth

When deciding if veneers are right for you, be forewarned of the risks that are involved. This is an irreversible decision and there are three key components needed to make your treatment a success. A great lab, a skilled dentist and a patient with normal chewing function. Without these essentials, your investment in a beautiful smile might as well become a contribution to the money pit.

Complications may include:
  • Poorly positioned midline (off center).
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Discolored margins around the veneers
  • Bulky appearance
  • Improper length
  • Buck tooth appearance
  • Decay
  • Gum recession around the veneers
  • Veneer pop-offs or fractures

A Skilled Dentist . . .
. . . pays attention detail. They don’t allow the working site to become contaminated with blood or saliva; they take accurate impressions, pour flawless models, use the correct bonding techniques and communicate with you and the lab for the best possible outcome.

A Great Lab . . .
. . . communicates with the dentist to ensure that your expectations are met. Color, opaqueness, length, shape, natural-looking defects, etc . . . all important details needed for matching and making your smile appear beautiful and natural.

A Patient’s Chewing Function . . .
. . . dictates whether veneers are a good choice for their smile corrections. A patient who grind or clinch their teeth may have to take additional measures. Veneers are fragile. A mouth or night guard may be needed to prevent pop-offs or damage to the veneers. Or crowns may also be recommended due to an increase in strength and durability.

Don’t throw your money away. Make sure you are a good candidate and that the dentist doing the work is a good candidate. A beautiful set of veneers can bring great satisfaction, but a job poorly done can give you nothing but aggravation.

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