Are you considering dental veneers in Raleigh? One of the biggest factors that come into play with smile makeovers is the cost of dental veneers and other cosmetic treatments. Can you afford veneers? Is it worth it to invest in something that essentially transforms your entire smile at once? Depending on who you ask, yes. Once you’ve determined how you can make the process as affordable as possible, the main concern is figuring out whether or not you qualify for this specific type of cosmetic procedure.
The Type of Dental Veneers You’re Choosing
Different types of veneers cost different amounts of money. You might see a low price advertised for a dental veneer, only to find out it’s actually some type of bonding that doesn’t look quite as attractive as a high-quality porcelain design. Although bonded chairside veneers are excellent — and affordable — options for one or two specific teeth, you typically don’t want to have several of them placed side-by-side across your smile. They just don’t offer the same translucent glow or durability that you would need for several teeth to look or perform naturally.
Then there is a standardized “no-prep” veneer option that exists. No prep veneers are sort of a middle-ground between bonded composite and traditional dental veneers. Although they’re priced a bit lower, it can be challenging to achieve optimal results for some types of people (depending on their tooth shape and the way their teeth fit together.)
When you’re investing in something as life-changing as dental veneers, our Raleigh dentist highly recommends going with an optimal, aesthetic, porcelain design. Porcelain veneers are the most durable type of veneer but they’re also the most attractive. Each one is hand-designed and semi-translucent so that the light bouncing off of them makes your smile appear as natural as possible. As you might guess, they do cost more than bonding (which is almost like a white filling.) That being said, they also last longer than composite, providing you with the best return on investment.
How Many Dental Veneers You Need
Although the type of veneer you choose is probably the primary factor when it comes to veneer costs, there’s also another one: how many teeth need dental veneers.
When you smile in a photo or while looking at yourself in the mirror, how many teeth are visible? Do you predominantly see six specific teeth on your upper arch? Or maybe it’s more like eight teeth across the top front part of your mouth?
The number of dental veneers you need will depend on how many teeth are visible when you’re smiling. For a lot of people, that’s between 6-8 teeth. But then there are the situations where you have someone like Julia Roberts, who has a much wider smile where more teeth are visible. You wouldn’t want to put veneers across the front teeth alone, leaving the adjacent ones untouched. If you did, it would cause those other teeth to stand out.
Ultimately the total number of teeth in your “smile zone” will be how many dental veneers you need in total.
What about the lower front teeth? Typically, our Raleigh cosmetic dentist doesn’t recommend placing veneers on lower teeth unless absolutely necessary. The reason is because if you add just a bit of porcelain over them, the slight addition to their size could cause the lower teeth to hit on the backside of your upper front teeth. In time, it would damage your upper teeth and cause the lower veneers to start chipping away. There are, of course, always exceptions.
If Any Other Treatments are Necessary
Sometimes getting dental veneers brings along with it the need for other types of therapies as part of the process. Perhaps one of your teeth is broken and needs a full-coverage dental crown. Or maybe there’s an area of gum recession that requires grafting in order to even-out the gumlines for optimal symmetry.
The cost of dental veneers alone is only one aspect of the total price of a smile makeover. You may also need to keep things in mind like whether you’re up to date on your cleanings (in case you have tartar buildup or gingivitis) or if you’re planning to add sedation to your appointment. While some of these are optional, others may be necessary to establish an optimal environment where veneers can be installed.
A lot of smile makeover patients will choose to professionally whiten their teeth prior to veneer treatment. Starting out with a brighter “template” so to speak, may reduce the number of veneers you need and ensure that neighboring teeth blend in with the porcelain shade of your choice.
If you have any active tooth decay or gum disease (periodontitis) those issues will need to be addressed prior to cosmetic services being initiated. Since veneers can only be placed on healthy teeth, it’s crucial to ensure that there are no active infections such as decay going on elsewhere. Once those conditions are stabilized, you can then move forward with your elective cosmetic treatment. Keep in mind that we can incorporate attractive-looking restorations such as white fillings and porcelain crowns to repair damaged areas, so you can still enhance your smile overall.
Long Term Dental Veneers Maintenance
Any time you invest in a smile makeover, you want it to last as long as possible. With porcelain veneers, you’ll get one of the best returns on your investment…so long as you care for them properly!
You’ll want to have a dedicated home hygiene plan to keep your veneers free of stain, tartar buildup, and the supporting teeth healthy. Although the veneers themselves won’t get cavities, bacterial plaque can still accumulate along the edges of your restorations and start to erode the tooth they’re bonded to. So if you’re not cleaning your teeth well each day, you could potentially get cavities underneath your veneers and lose them altogether.
Will flossing pull off dental veneers? Not if they’re bonded correctly. But not flossing could cause your veneers to come loose, due to decay. What you want to do is floss daily with the strand hugged in a “C” shape against the side of your tooth, rubbing it up and down several times. Be sure to let the floss slip gently under your gumlines to clean those areas as well. If flossing is difficult or uncomfortable, you can switch to a water flosser instead.
Use a non-abrasive toothpaste twice a day and brush two minutes at a time. If you have a soft electric toothbrush, that’s even better!
We recommend sleeping in a nightguard to protect your porcelain veneers from any chipping or wear, due to nighttime clenching or grinding (bruxism) that may occur.
Flexible Payment Options
Now that it’s time to actually pay for dental veneers and you know the total price involved, you have some flexible options to choose from. Since veneers are considered cosmetic, they’re not usually covered by insurance. However, you can still use your flex spending or health savings account to pay for them. So anything you’ve saved up can be applied. Plus, you can easily finance the remaining (or full) balance with a 0% or low-interest payment plan that fits your monthly budget. Approval is easy and you can get started on your smile makeover as soon as you’re ready.
Where You’re Getting Your Treatment
The old saying, “You get what you pay for” is especially true when it comes to your smile. If cheap dental veneers sound too good to be true, they probably are. Although you might see quick results, cheaper materials won’t last as long as smarter investments in quality porcelains or other durable designs.
There’s also something to be said for the cost of living expenses in your area. Dental fees for veneers and other cosmetic treatments tend to fluctuate depending on where you live. Everything from the lab fees to the operational costs involved in the design process all plays a small role in the total cost of your treatment.
Dental Veneers in Raleigh
Raleigh Dental Arts is your home for smile makeovers and cosmetic dentistry in Raleigh. Here, we take your concerns and goals into account as we formulate the best care plan for your smile and unique lifestyle needs. Perhaps it’s a tooth-by-tooth approach to enhancing your overall bite, or combining porcelain dental veneers with other types of crown or filling restorations to achieve improved oral health.
There truly is no “one size fits all” option when it comes to Raleigh dental veneers. Nor is there a fixed, flat veneer price for everyone. There are just too many variables involved in the overall care process.
The good news is that when you meet with our Raleigh cosmetic dentists, we can easily provide you with a zero-pressure treatment plan with all of the fees involved. You’ll know exactly how much everything will cost before you ever decide whether or not you want to commit to the actual treatment.
Reserve your dental veneers consultation with our Raleigh dentists today! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.