Veneers are very thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain. These ceramic “shells” are meant to fit over the front teeth and cover them up, restoring your smile. Veneers can be used to treat many different cosmetic dental issues, such as teeth stains, uneven teeth, gaps between teeth, minor chips, and more. Contact Indigo Dental now to see if veneers in Mauldin are right for you.
First, you’ll have to come to Indigo Dental for an appointment with Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan Crosland. They will perform a comprehensive oral exam, discuss your options for cosmetic dentistry treatment, and determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers.
If you’re approved for veneers, you will come back to our office in Mauldin for a follow-up. At this appointment, Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will clean and numb your mouth, then trim your teeth and take a set of impressions. These teeth impressions will be used to make your veneers.
You will be sent home with a set of temporary veneers. Then, our team will work with a dental lab to build your set of custom-made veneers. This will take 2-3 weeks.
When your permanent veneers are finished, they’ll be sent back to Indigo Dental in Mauldin, and you’ll come back for your last appointment. Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will remove your temporaries, check the fit of each veneer, then attach them to your teeth.
This will vary for every patient, but generally speaking, veneers have an expected lifespan of between 10-20 years. This makes them the most long-lasting method of cosmetic dentistry available.
Routine visits to the dentist are important for keeping your teeth and veneers healthy. With regular teeth cleanings and oral exams at Indigo Dental, you can keep your veneers in good shape, and Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan can replace or repair any veneers that may be damaged.
Firstly, make sure you brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once per day. This keeps your veneers and your natural teeth clean. If you want to prolong the lifespan of your veneers, you should also eat a healthy diet, avoid smoking and tobacco use, and reduce your alcohol intake.
Beyond this, you should be careful when eating. Eat hard foods with your rear teeth, not your veneers. Don't chew non-food objects like pencils, pens, or fingernails. Never use your teeth as tools, either. Doing things like ripping tape with your teeth could damage your veneers or your natural teeth.
As long as you have a healthy mouth, you are likely a good candidate for veneers. They can be used to treat almost any cosmetic flaw that may be affecting your smile. However, you may also be a good candidate for other treatments like dental bonding and teeth whitening.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers and to discuss your other options, we recommend scheduling a cosmetic consultation in Mauldin with Dr. Meagan or Dr. Michael Crosland at Indigo Dental. They can provide you with the guidance and care you need to restore your smile and your self-confidence.
Veneers can cover up a variety of cosmetic dental imperfections, such as tooth discoloration, stains, gaps, and misshapen, misaligned, or worn down teeth. By bonding veneers to your tooth enamel, we cover up the appearance of these cosmetic issues with ease.
We match the shade of the veneers to your natural tooth color using a shade guide or if you have discoloration, we can select a few shades lighter than your natural teeth. Veneers can be used in place of orthodontic treatment for minor issues such as slightly crooked teeth or small gaps between the teeth.
Veneers can fill in gaps and cover misaligned teeth to give the appearance of a straight and seamless smile. Have certain teeth that are uneven compared to the rest? Whether some teeth are shorter, sharper, or have a different shape than others, veneers will create the illusion of uniformity with teeth that all look the same size, shape, and color.
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant which makes them much more immune to the staining forces of foods and drinks than your natural teeth. However, your veneers are still susceptible to staining over time, and veneers made of composite resin are especially prone to developing stains.
Since veneers cannot undergo teeth whitening, the best treatment is prevention. Avoid staining foods, drinks, and tobacco products. The worst offenders are coffee, tea, red wine, and highly pigmented foods like berries, tomato sauces, and soy sauce.
Alcohol, in general, should be avoided because it weakens the bonding agent that holds your veneers onto your teeth. By consuming a lot of alcohol, the dental cement can become eroded and stained.
The cost of veneers varies by veneer material, the location you have them performed at, and how many you are having placed in the mouth. Porcelain veneers are the most expensive, typically ranging from $925-2500 apiece.
Composite resin veneers are considerably less expensive because they require fewer appointments; the range is about $400-1500. There is also an alternative to veneers known as lumineers, which are just an ultra-thin version of veneers that are reversible, and these range from $800-2000.
These prices are the rate for a veneer on a single tooth, so of course, the more veneers you get, the more expensive the procedure will be. The treatment is typically not covered by dental insurance because it is a cosmetic procedure.
Veneers are a big commitment that you should consider carefully, as they permanently alter your enamel. Once we shave down your enamel in preparation for veneers, you will have to cover your natural enamel for the rest of your life, and keep in mind that they will need to be replaced about every 10-20 years.