Cosmetic Dentistry Without Veneers: What Are Your Options?
Porcelain Veneers have been hailed as the holy grail of cosmetic dentistry over the past three decades. The beautiful, and radiant glow to patients new “Hollywood Smile” is definitely worth noticing. However, there are a few downsides to dental veneer treatment that the general public may not be aware of. In this article, we will go over these as well as some possible alternative treatments that can help improve your smile.
Tooth Reduction With Dental Veneers
One of the downsides to dental veneer treatment is that your cosmetic dentist will need to remove a small portion of your own tooth structure to make room for the porcelain veneer. Dental Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to teeth. They do require some space to be bonded on, and this is where the minimal amount of tooth reduction is needed. Your dentist will need to remove approximately .5-1 mm of tooth structure before your veneers are fabricated and bonded onto your teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Can Come Off
Veneers can debond off teeth that will require you to re-visit your dentist to have them bond it back on. Debonding is mainly due to biting forces that were not properly adjusted and monitored after your dental veneers were seated. After your veneer is out back on, your dentist will more than likely closely monitor how you bite and if your are putting any extra unnecessary forces on your dental veneers. If any adjustments need to be made, your dentists will make them at this time.
Porcelain Veneers Can Be Quite Expensive
The costs of dental veneers continues to go up. A full set of dental veneers, on average, can cost anywhere from $4,000-$12,000 depending on the cosmetic dentist that is working on your case. Some dentists are more expensive than others for a myriad of different reasons, which is why the price range is so wide. Make sure you choose a great cosmetic dentist who is affordable at the same time.
Alternatives To Porcelain Veneers
Dental veneers are the cornerstone of modern cosmetic dentistry. But there are other ways that you can create a radiant smile without having to go through such an expensive proposition.
Option #1: Invisalign:
Invisalign, also known as clear braces, is a fantastic option for those who have spacing, crowding, and functional problems with their bites. Invisalign is able to correct openbites, crossbites, underbites, and even overbites with advances in new technologies. Invisaligns works as a series of clear trays that are custom made just for you. The laboratory creates these trays from a set of impressions that your cosmetic dentist’s team takes of your mouth. These trays are returned to the dentist, and he or she will show you how the work once they are delivering them to you. Anywhere from 8-20 trays can be made depending on the complexity of your case. At the end of your treatment, not only will your smile be glowing, but the way your teeth function together will be improved significantly as well.
Option #2: Composite Veneers
Another great option that your dentist may present to you are composite veneers. These are dental veneers that are made chair side by your dentist using a material called composite. The benefit of composite is that it will cost a lot less than its porcelain counterpart, and they can be made the same day. The downside is that they may not look as cosmetic as traditional porcelain veneers.
Option #3: Ceramic Braces
Ceramic Braces are another amazing option if dental veneers are not in your budget. These are ceramic brackets that don’t have the same metal appearance as traditional braces do. The benefits of these versus Invisalign is that it can straighten teeth a lot faster than Invisalign, the the course of your treatment will be a lot shorter. Ceramic Braces may also be slightly less expensive than Invisalign treatment.
Option #4: Lingual Braces
Lingual Braces are traditional braces that are bonded onto the backside of your teeth. This is a wonderful option for adults who don’t want the look of a metallic smile that they see with traditional braces. The only downside is that it may take your mouth (especially your tongue) a long time to get used to these braces.
As you can see there are many options out there to fix your smile with the need of traditional dental veneers. Talk with your dentist and see what he or she recommends for you. You may be surprised with all the possible options that you may have.