I need to improve my smile. They’re really stained. I also have a chipped tooth. I’m thinking porcelain veneers will fix both those things, but they’re pretty pricey. I read online about these press-on veneers. They’re only about $1,000. Though that’s less than porcelain veneers it’s still a lot of money to invest. You save money by not seeing a cosmetic dentist. The lab makes them and sends them to you. If they’re legitimate, it sounds like it could save me a ton of money. What do you think?
Press-on veneers are similar to another low-cost cosmetic procedure called Snap-on Smile. They temporarily press-on (more like fit over) your teeth. Because they fit over your teeth they add a bit of thickness and length. Even the company admits that. I’d say they’d do fine for something like a photo shoot where you want to improve your smile quickly. However, they don’t look completely natural.
When a cosmetic dentist does your porcelain veneers, it’s a completely different experience. You meet with the dentist and discuss the type of smile design you’re going for. For instance, maybe you want to look more youthful. Or maybe looking more authoritative and confident is what you’re going for. Both of those would require completely different techniques on how to shape your veneers.
With an expert cosmetic dentist, they can tailor design every aspect of your smile to your specific desires. Then, when your veneers are ready you get to try them on before they’re permanently bonded to make sure they’re exactly what you’d dreamed of.
Finding an Expert Cosmetic Dentist
If you decide to get porcelain veneers, you’ll want to make sure you go to a highly skilled and artistic cosmetic dentist. Two dentists can do the exact same makeover, but depending on their level of artistry the two smiles will end up completely different. There are way too many cosmetic dentistry horror stories. So, if you do it, do it right.
I’d look on the mynewsmile.com website to find a highly skilled, artistic cosmetic dentist. They check both the technical knowledge and training as well as the artistry of the dentists before allowing them to be listed on their site. Be assured a dentist just can’t pay to be recommended by them.
Options That Aren’t Porcelain Veneers
Given what you described about the stained teeth and a chipped tooth, you have other options which won’t cost you as much as porcelain veneers. You could have your dentist use professional teeth whitening on you. There’s even an in-office whitening that can be done completely in one appointment.
After your teeth are whitened, the chipped tooth can be repaired by dental bonding. It uses a composite resin. Your dentist can sculpt the missing part of your tooth directly on to the rest of your tooth structure. It will blend in so perfectly, no one will know it’s bonded on.
It won’t give you a complete smile makeover the way veneers will, but it will solve the problems you mentioned.
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