What are the Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers?

The Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a very popular cosmetic dental procedure. For those who wish to improve the appearance of their smile, but do not have teeth that are in serious condition, dental veneers may be an excellent option.

Even though veneer treatment has proved to be a highly effective, safe and minimally invasive treatment, patients are constantly asking their dentists about the advantages and disadvantages of dental veneers.

Disadvantages

While there are a lot of great things about dental veneers, there are also a couple drawbacks. For example, getting veneers is a procedure that is irreversible. Once the doctor shaves down the enamel of your teeth, there is no turning back.

Shaving down that layer of enamel can also make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold as the veneers are not thick enough to act as a barrier. Veneers are also not a good option for people with badly failing teeth.

Veneers have a shorter life span compared to dental restorations like bridges and crowns. If you’re looking for a long term solution, dental veneers might not be the right choice for you.

Advantages

While there are some disadvantages to dental veneers, there are also quite a few advantages. Veneers help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted by straightening and whitening your teeth. However, those are the most obvious advantages.

Another advantage is that veneers are also a more conservative dental restoration. A dentist only needs to remove a little enamel to accommodate a veneer. In contrast, a crown needs much more space. To accommodate a crown, a dentist may need to remove a significant portion of the enamel first.

Veneers are also versatile in that they can match a certain shade of teeth. There are also different types of porcelain that are strong enough to provide structural support to slightly damaged teeth.

 

If you’re looking to get veneers, it’s always a good idea to talk it over with your dentist to make sure you weigh the pros and cons. Your dentist can help you decide if dental veneers are right for you. Call us today at 252.247.6704 and we’ll set up an appointment to talk through the advantages and disadvantages.

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The Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Dentistry

The Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Dentistry

Unveiling Your Dream Smile

Many of us are obsessed with the way our teeth look. Think about it. What’s the first thing you notice about a person? For most of us, it’s the person’s teeth. Nevertheless, even though a lot of us are obsessed with teeth, ⅓ of Americans are dissatisfied with the way their teeth look.

That’s where cosmetic dentistry comes in. Cosmetic dentistry can help improve your smile and overall dental health. However, there are pros and cons to cosmetic dentistry so we’ve compiled a list to help you decide whether it’s the right choice for you.

Challenges of Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Sensitivity

While many good effects come with cosmetic dentistry, such as improved appearance and confidence, it’s essential to be aware of the potential downsides before you consider pursuing any procedures. Certain cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening, can make your teeth sensitive to extreme hot or cold temperatures. You’re also encouraged to stay away from foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as coffee or berries.

Permanence

Some procedures are permanent or semi-permanent where once you’ve received treatment, it’s very challenging to go back. Dental crowns or bridges, veneers, and dental implants all have a level of permanence to them. Your dentist will thoroughly review all risks, including permanence with you before any procedure.

Cost

The biggest challenge we see associated with cosmetic dentistry is the cost of procedures, as insurance companies generally don’t offer coverage for cosmetic (elective) services. Many people don’t just have a disposable income available for cosmetic dentistry procedures, so price can be a major drawback. For example, veneers can cost anywhere between $925 and $2,500 per tooth. Financing options are available to help cover these costs for those interested.

Pros of Cosmetic Dentistry

Health Boost

Kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, and even oral cancer are some serious consequences of bad oral hygiene. Gum disease and tooth decay are also issues to worry about with poor oral care. Certain procedures can help protect your teeth and gums from further damage and make it easier to maintain positive oral hygiene. Typically after a cosmetic procedure, patients are more motivated to take good care of their teeth, leading to a healthier, happier person.

Confidence Boost

The most obvious benefit of cosmetic dentistry is the confidence boost one gets from having a brighter, straighter smile. After any cosmetic dentistry procedure, you are much more likely to feel better about your teeth, smile, and overall appearance. No more uncomfortable social situations trying to hide your smile.

Looking Younger

Having healthy teeth can help make you look younger. A youthful smile lights up your entire face and can completely change your outlook on life. Not only will you look younger, you’ll also feel younger, which is just as important.

Set up an appointment by calling our office at 252.247.6704 to talk with a dentist about if cosmetic dentistry is right for you. We’re here to answer any of your questions to help you make the step for better oral health and a more confident smile.

 

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What is the Process of Smile Design?

Unlocking Your Dream Smile

Smile design is a dental procedure that creates a straighter, whiter, and more naturally beautiful-looking smile. Smile design can do wonders for a person’s confidence by helping them love their smile again, but it can also help restore full dental health to a person.

Decoding the Smile Design Process

First, you’ll talk with your cosmetic dentist to customize and plan for your personal smile design. We’ll work with you to discuss any underlying dental issues and help you achieve your dental goals, whether that be a better smile or all-around better dental health.

Then, we’ll help you create a timeline to help plan for any event or social function you want your smile design done by. From there, any dental diseases are taken care of and a dental hygiene visit is completed. Patients are encouraged to bring photos of how they want their teeth to look, either from celebrities or photos from their younger selves.

The patient and cosmetic dentist then sit down to discuss issues like the arrangement of teeth, teeth position, and the overall effect this procedure will have on their appearance. They then make an individualized plan before the teeth are prepared.

Treatments for Smile Designs

Each patient is different and the plan of action is made specifically for that individual. Common treatments include veneers, crowns/bridges, teeth whitening, or dental implants. With these treatments, you’ll have your dream smile in no time!

Who can get a smile design?

Any person who wants to look younger is a great candidate for a smile design. This process can help take years off your appearance. Anyone who wants to have more confidence in their smile is also a good candidate.

Talk with your cosmetic dentist today to see if a smile design is right for you. Everyone deserves to have healthy looking teeth and have confidence in their smile. Here at Sound Dental, we’re here to help give you that. Call us today at 252-247-6704 to set up an appointment to start getting your smile design plan made.

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A Good-Looking Path to Better-Looking Teeth: Invisalign® Systems and Other Clear Aligners

More Than Just Straight Teeth: The Benefits of Invisalign®

Braces can feel like a bit of a contradiction. You want a clean, straight smile, but you first have to wear a highly visible device on your teeth for months on end. You want a well-aligned bite, but for a while, braces make some day-to-day tasks, such as brushing your teeth and eating some foods, more difficult.

Fortunately, for those who want to show off their pretty pearly whites as they go AND show off the results of their realignment as soon as possible, one option is clear plastic removable aligners such as Invisalign®.

Clear aligners, as their name suggests, are clear plastic devices intended to straighten your teeth over time. They are nearly undetectable by observers. Not only are they more difficult to see (getting you closer to being able to show off that perfect smile), but they can be taken out temporarily when needed, allowing you to brush your teeth or eat without distraction.

The Clear Aligner Fitting Process

For most clear aligners, including Invisalign®, your dentist will take a mold of your teeth and send it to a lab. From there, orthodontic experts will determine the difference in positions between where your teeth are and where you want them to be and will create several stages of aligners to gradually move your teeth into the desired position. You’ll have to wear the aligners most of the time—about 22 hours a day. At certain points in the process, as your teeth change position, you’ll move on to the next device, switching them out until your teeth are right where you want them to be.

Alternatively, there are kits you can order to take a mold of your teeth at home. This is an overall less expensive process, but you aren’t likely to achieve the same results and you lose the benefit of your dentist’s expertise. Clear aligners may not be the best solution for you, so it’s best to consult your dentist beforehand even if you decide to go this route.

Financing Your Straighter Smile

Depending on the degree of work your teeth need, an Invisalign® clear aligner treatment can cost between $3,000 and $7,000, according to Invisalign®’s website. The cost of your treatment depends on the length of treatment required and your insurance coverage.

For the amount your insurance doesn’t cover, you have some options—many dentists offer payment plans, which allow you to split a large bill into smaller payments over time. This makes payment much more manageable so you can get a straighter smile with ease. If you’re planning to save up for an Invisalign® clear aligner treatment or something similar, you may want to consider opening a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA). Accounts such as these allow you to take a certain amount of money out of your paycheck, pretax, to pay for some expenses—including, in some cases, clear aligners. The types of accounts you’re allowed to open and the amount of money you can put into them will vary depending on your situation, so talk to your bank or another financial professional about your options.

Get A Straighter Smile in Morehead, NC Today!

For those who can use them, clear aligners such as Invisalign® systems can be the least intrusive solution for straightening teeth. It’s nice not to have to worry about the looks and inconveniences of traditional braces! The initial cost of clear aligners may seem daunting, but options are available to help pay for them. If you have any questions about clear aligners or other methods of straightening your teeth, please give us a call at 252-247-6704. We’ll be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best possible solution for your smile.

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