Porcelain veneers are a great option for someone that just doesn't like their smile. It's really remarkable. I do a lot of veneer cases and it's amazing always to me when I take my before photos and then I see those patients year down the road. I compare how they're smiling down the road after their smile is fixed to when they first came in, looking like this, they don't want to smile, they don't even want to show you. You ask them to smile and they kind of go like this. Once you can restore their smile, what a dramatic difference it changes in their personality, really. You see that really joy in them come out.
Most people don't like to smile for a number of reasons. One, either their teeth are discolored. They're crooked. They have gaps. They might show too much gums in their smile. A lot of times it's accidents. Patients have had accidents where teeth have chipped and broken and they have been rebuilt with different bonding materials and filling materials and it stains and discolors. I'd say the other area that I often see is old dentistry. Someone comes in that's had maybe some older porcelain work done that doesn't look right. Those cases then are very rewarding. We can take something old off and replace it with new materials, new technique that really looks natural or as natural as beautiful new teeth.
One of the other areas of my practice that I often see is redoing dentistry. Sometimes they've gone to their family dentist and had some veneer work done or crown work and they're not happy with the aesthetic result of it, so they're seeking out maybe someone that might emphasize it more like our office and redoing those cases. It's unfortunate but it happens. It happens all too often. They're rewarding also. It's really nice then to give them a smile that they're proud to have and share.
If you have been hesitant to smile because you don’t like the appearance of your front teeth, veneers are a great option. We can dramatically change the appearance of your smile and even face with porcelain veneers. They allow us the freedom to build in the perfect teeth. We can correct dark, crooked, and misshapen teeth with nearly instant results. Dr. Gleave has extensive training in both the art and science of veneers, having studied with some of the top dentists in the country. That is why we are able to offer several veneer options, including no-preparation, no-anesthetic veneers.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of porcelain that fit over the existing teeth. Each veneer is created separately and bonded into place over the natural tooth to create the ideal fit and look. The porcelain, once bonded to the tooth, is extremely durable and has a color, translucency, and texture similar to natural tooth enamel.
What Kinds Of Veneers Are Available?
At Dr. Rod Gleave’s Salt Lake City, UT dentist office, he is able to offer a variety of dental veneer options to help you fix your smile. Those options include:
- Traditional porcelain veneers
- Composite veneers
- Prepless veneers
What’s The Veneers Process And How Long Will It Take?
The process is relatively quick depending on the complexity of the case. Some cases will take two weeks, while the more complicated ones will take a month. We start by taking lots of digital photos looking at the teeth, lip position, gum height, and effect of the opposing teeth and bite. We take impressions of the teeth to better understand the existing teeth size, position, and bite. We discuss how many teeth will need to be veneered and look at the smile catalog to pick out a shape, size, and desired color.
The next step is to send the study models to the dental lab, and the master ceramist will start to plan the case in wax. Once the design is approved in wax, we can prepare the teeth and take the impressions to send to the ceramist. We make provisional veneer that day to wear as a “trial smile” to better evaluate the look and feel of the new veneer. Any changes to tooth position, shape, or color will be better communicated with the ceramist.
When the porcelain veneers are completed by the ceramist, we will preview them, and if everything looks perfect, we’re ready to bond them on.
How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneer treatment varies from $800-$1,200, depending on the number of veneer that need to be placed, the type of veneers chosen, and the ceramist we use. We’ll work with you to find a solution that meets your esthetic demands and fits within your budget. If taken care of properly, veneers are an investment that can last decades and possibly all your life.
Dental veneers from Dr. Rod Gleave will help you cover cosmetic problems with your smile. Call our Salt Lake City, UT dentist office today at 801-747-8531 to schedule your appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.