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Dental Veneers: Get a million dollar smile without breaking the bank:

 

Get the beaming smile you have always desired:

Porcelain veneers, dental porcelain laminates, or simply dental veneers are custom-made covers or shells made up of tooth-colored materials. They are used to cover the front portion of your teeth and/or to improve your appearance. These wafer-thin covers (or veneers) change your smile by making improvements to the size, shape, length, and/or color when the veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth.

Something to keep in mind when choosing dental veneers:

Resin dental veneers do not resist stains or mimic light-reflecting properties of natural teeth like porcelain dental veneers, but they are thinner and require less tooth material to be removed from the surface than porcelain dental veneers. You need to discuss your custom-designed dental veneers options with your dentist so you can decide whether resin veneers or porcelain veneers are best for your particular dental issues.

Before and After Dental Veneers

You might need veneers if

  • Your teeth are worn, they don't look as good as they used to (dental veneers improve appearance).
  • You have broken or chipped teeth, which can be fixed with dental veneers.
  • You have crooked, misaligned, and/or uneven teeth which could be evened with dental veneers.
  • You have discolored teeth (dental veneers improve color) - There are various reasons why teeth become discolored, and they include but may not be limited to: excessive fluoride, excessive iron intake, antibiotics and other drugs, root canal treatment, and large resin fillings.
  • Teeth with excessively large gaps in between that can be closed/adjusted with dental veneers, especially front teeth.

Procedure Details

If you decide to get dental veneers, you should know that the process usually requires three visits to the dentist: The initial consultation to decide on type of veneers and the examination, then two more visits, one to custom-make the veneers, & the other to attach them. This is true if you are going to get one or several dental veneers because the veneers need to be made by the lab, then the veneers need to be bonded to your natural teeth. Therefore, you should plan for a visit that will last 10 to 14 days for the entire veneers process. But you can always travel abroad, visit the dentist, undergo the examination to determine which veneers are right for you, and then return once the veneers are made so they can be bonded. On the other hand, you can always combine sightseeing, a trip to the beach, a canopy tour, or any combination thereof with your dental veneers trip. Many people make use of the time in between dental visits to enjoy and experience a new country and culture.

  • During your initial visit and examination, you and the dentist will have to interact so you can explain what you are trying to achieve by getting dental veneers to the dentist. It is during this visit that the dentist will examine your teeth and see whether veneers or some other type of treatment are required. There could be a need for X-rays or an impression of your teeth and mouth, and these will be done during the initial visit. *NOTE: Upon making contact with a dental travel consultant, you will probably be asked to submit pictures or a panoramic X-ray so the dentist will already have a good idea whether you require veneers.
  • The next step is preparation, and the dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth by removing about .5 millimeters from the surface of your tooth or teeth. This is basically how thick you can expect the veneer to be. Since the dentist will be removing enamel, there could be discomfort, and it is up to you and your dentist to decide whether anesthetic should be applied to numb the area being worked on.
  • The following step is a model or tooth impression which will then be sent to the lab. The dental lab will then proceed to custom-make your veneer(s), and the process generally takes a week to ten days, which is why you will be asked to stay in country about 2 weeks. If a person's teeth are very unsightly and require a lot of work, temporary veneers will be inserted, but be sure to ask about any additional costs for temporary veneers.
  • Bonding of the dental veneers is what follows, and your dentist will temporarily fit them in your mouth to examine fit, color, and comfort before the veneers are permanently bonded.  The dental expert will likely have to remove and trim the veneers several times before achieving a permanent result.  The color of the veneers can be adjusted so that they match the color of the cement being used for bonding.
  • In order to prepare your tooth or teeth to accept the veneers, your tooth or teeth will be cleaned, polished, then etched (This process creates a rough exterior so the bonding process can take place. There is a special cement which is used to bond the veneers, and the veneers are then placed permanently on your tooth or teeth.
  • A light beam is then used on the dental veneer, and this activates the chemicals in the bonding agent, causing them to harden, cure, and dry quickly.
  • The finishing step involves removal of excess bonding agent from teeth and veneers, checking to ensure your bite is even, and that the results you desired through dental veneers were achieved.

Advantages

  • Your gums will usually tolerate porcelain veneers very well.
  • Your porcelain veneers will be stain resistant.
  • You will have natural-looking teeth, & your veneers will make them brighter.
  • You can choose the color of your veneers and make dark teeth appear much whiter.
  • No extensive shaping - Veneers are not a radical approach to color and shape of the teeth like crowns or other options, but dental veneers do offer a very aesthetically pleasing, stronger alternative.

Disadvantages

  • The bonding process is such that the treatment is permanent.
  • The treatment is generally more expensive than composite resin alternatives.
  • In generally, you cannot repair a veneer if it breaks, chips, or cracks.
  • Hot and Cold sensitivity - Since enamel is removed for bonding, your teeth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks.
  • You cannot change the color of the veneer once it is bonded, so it may not match the color of your teeth. However, if you are doing the entire front portion of your teeth, this is not generally an issue.
  • This treatment is not intended as an anti-decay treatment, so your teeth could still get cavities.
  • Be sure to get your teeth whitened before the treatment to avoid color issues.
  • Veneers sometimes, though not often, come lose and fall off. You must not bite your nails, chew on ice, pencils, or other hard objects since you will be placing undue pressure on treated teeth.

If your teeth are unhealthy and weakening, you should not get dental veneers; this is also true if your teeth have less enamel than the average person (the veneers process requires enamel removal). If you are a tooth grinder or if you clench your teeth, you would not be considered a good candidate dental veneers (clenching and grinding will break or chip veneers).

Life-expectancy:

You can expect the dental veneers treatment to last anywhere from 5 to 10 years; perhaps even longer if you follow instructions on caring for your veneers, and if you practice good dental hygiene. Thereafter, your dental veneers may need to be replaced by a permanent crown.

Extra care instructions:

Dental veneers do not usually require any extra or special care, but you do need to be sure to follow your dentist's instructions, as well as practice good oral hygiene, which includes regular brushing and flossing. Porcelain veneers do stand up to stains, but you may be asked not to eat or drink foods and beverages known to cause stains. These include but may not be limited to coffee, red wine, tea, and liquid iron supplements. Even though porcelain veneers resist stains, your dentist may recommend that you avoid stain-causing foods and beverages (for example, coffee, tea, or red wine).

Cost of the procedure:

Costs can vary depending on your chosen dental travel destination, but the average cost of dental veneers in the US is from $750 to $1300 per tooth. In addition, since this type of dentistry is not covered by insurance, you can expect to pay the full cost, but check your dental insurance coverage to be sure. If you have no insurance, or if your insurance does not cover dental veneers treatment, Find Medical Tourism has a network of dental specialists and maxillofacial surgeons who will offer you top quality dental veneers at prices that can be as low as 70% less than average US costs. Click on the link if you would like to read the Wikipedia Page on Dental Veneers.

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