Some qualities of a beautiful smile are easy to identify; good tooth color, shape, and alignment are a few of the most important ones. If your teeth do not quite hit the mark in any of these categories, porcelain veneers may be a perfect treatment for you. A porcelain veneer is an extremely strong, extremely thin piece of porcelain that bears a strong resemblance to tooth enamel. When bonded to the teeth, veneers can create a natural-looking, beautiful new surface. Porcelain veneers in East Hartford, CT can disguise practically anything that you don't like about your smile.
Why Choose Comprehensive Dental Associates of Central Connecticut for Porcelain Veneers
Natural-looking results tailored to your specifications
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Treatment completed in as few as two appointments
What Can Porcelain Veneers Accomplish?
Veneers may be able to significantly improve any of the following characteristics of teeth:
Color — Teeth can incur stains due to various foods and drinks, tobacco use, and even normal aging. Veneers come in various shades. They can instantly change the color of your teeth, whether you want a soft, natural white, or you want to dazzle others with a Hollywood-bright smile. They are also highly resistant to stains, so you can expect them to maintain their original color for a long time.
Size and shape — Habitual grinding can wear down the teeth, or perhaps your teeth never had the size and shape you wanted. For example, some people believe rounder teeth are more feminine and squarer teeth are more masculine. Veneers can be shaped and sized in a way that best flatters your face and suits your personal preferences.
Alignment and spacing — If you have small gaps between the teeth or other minor misalignment issues, you may not need braces. Veneers can disguise those problems and improve the color and shape of your teeth at the same time.
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The Porcelain Veneer Process
If you would like to preview how veneers would look on your teeth, that is possible via one of several methods. We can create a model of your teeth, over which wax “veneers” can be placed. In some cases, we are able to place acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored filling material directly onto a patient’s teeth to demonstrate the effect that veneers would have on them.
Once we settle on a plan for your veneers, we will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from them, if this step is necessary. We may have to do so in order to ensure that your veneers do not make your smile look bulky or unnatural. However, recent years have brought about remarkable advances in dental porcelain technology. These days, it is often possible to make veneers so thin that they can be bonded directly onto an existing tooth surface — no enamel removal necessary. When it is necessary to remove some enamel, we take an extremely thin layer — as thin as the veneer itself. Either way, the results are almost guaranteed to please.
After your teeth are ready, we will take molds of them. A skilled dental laboratory will use those molds to fabricate your veneers. In the meantime, you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the few weeks it will take to craft your permanent ones. When your veneers arrive back in our dental office, we will verify their fit before we cement them onto your teeth.
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Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What Should I Choose?
Veneers in East Hartford are just one of several treatments that can enhance the aesthetics of teeth. Here is a comparison of some of the most popular options, including generalizations about their cost:
Braces are best suited for significant dental misalignment that threatens oral health. They typically cost thousands of dollars and require well over a year to complete their work. They do an excellent job of straightening teeth, but they do not enhance their size, shape, or color.
Clear aligners. Similar to braces, clear aligners straighten teeth. However, they do so without brackets and wires. Their price is often several thousand dollars, and treatment may take several months to two years.
Teeth whitening. This is one of the most affordable treatments offered by a cosmetic dentist in East Hartford, usually costing just a few hundred dollars. However, the results are temporary, and it does nothing to address size or shape issues in teeth.
Dental bonding. Also known as direct bonding or cosmetic bonding, this service provides results that are similar to veneers at first. It is also relatively low-cost. However, bonding is not particularly durable; in most cases, it needs to be replaced every 3 – 5 years.
Veneers have a significant upfront cost. However, they are an excellent value because they can transform the size, shape, and color of teeth. In some cases, they can even disguise minor misalignment. For image-conscious individuals who want a fast and powerful way to freshen up their look, veneers are an excellent choice.
How to Make Veneers Affordable
Veneers are usually considered to be a purely elective treatment. Therefore, it is extremely rare for dental insurance to cover them. However, there are other resources that you may be able to use to fit veneers into your budget:
Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan provides lower prices on virtually all the services available in our office. Unlike traditional insurance, it does not come with a waiting period or deductible.
Most patients qualify for a low-interest payment plan through a third-party lender, such as CareCredit.
Treatment plan adjustments. By using fewer veneers or making other adjustments to your treatment plan, we may be able to keep your care within a requested price range.
Are you ready to learn more about veneers, their price, and how you might be able to afford them? Contact our team today to schedule your personalized consultation. We look forward to helping your smile reach its full potential!