Veneers – Huntington Beach, CA
Completely Conceal Chips, Cracks, and Other Cosmetic Flaws
Unhappy with some aspect of your smile? You’re not alone. In fact, many patients visit Pacific View Dental Group because they don’t like the color, spacing, or shape of their teeth. Fortunately, our skilled cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach has an answer: veneers. With this sought-after cosmetic dentistry treatment, you can completely conceal chips, cracks, and other cosmetic flaws – in as little as two visits too! To find out more, keep reading or give us a call to schedule your initial consultation.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are thin sheaths of dental-grade porcelain that can be fastened to the front surfaces of teeth to conceal numerous smile flaws. As a result, we can transform smiles while preserving healthy, natural tooth structure! Plus, their versatility allows us to craft veneers in Huntington Beach for just one tooth or an entire arch. That way, your smile makeover is completely customized, seamlessly making your smile goals a reality.
The Process of Getting Veneers
Typically, veneers are placed in two appointments. During the initial visit, we need to prepare teeth by removing a small amount of surface tooth structure. This allows the porcelain veneers to lay flat without changing the natural smile line. Then, we capture bite impressions that will be used to design and craft your custom veneers. Finally, we place temporary veneers to protect your prepared smile and allow you to get used to the look and feel of porcelain veneers. When we receive your final veneers from the lab, you’ll return to exchange the temporaries for your flawless custom-crafted porcelain veneers. This second visit is short and sweet. We simply remove your temporaries and place the custom restorations. If you’re happy with the appearance of your veneers, you’re all done. Although rare, patients sometimes ask us to make adjustments. In these cases, we’ll need to replace a temporary, so the lab can make adjustments to your custom porcelain veneer.
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers are a highly sought-after cosmetic dental treatment due to the numerous benefits they come with, including:
- Lifelike appearance – Since they are custom-made for each patient, the results can be as natural or dramatic as you like. Plus, the high-quality porcelain comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades and is incredibly durable.
- Longevity – Unlike other cosmetic dental solutions, veneers can last for 10+ years with proper care!
- Stain-resistant – Since veneers are stain-resistant, you won’t have to worry about staining and dental discoloration over the years.
- Corrects multiple cosmetic dental flaws – Instead of having to undergo back-to-back treatments, you can use veneers to address everything from minor misalignment to permanent discoloration simultaneously.
- Easy maintenance – Caring for your veneers doesn’t require special cleaning products or an extensive dental hygiene routine. You can keep them in pristine condition with the same best practices you use to keep your natural teeth happy and healthy!
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
If you’re interested in upgrading your smile with veneers in Huntington Beach, you may be wondering how much they cost. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are certainly a few things to consider as a prospective patient. Read on to learn all about the price of veneers, how they stack up to other smile-enhancing treatments, and ways to make the cost more affordable!
The Cost of Veneers Compared to Other Cosmetic Treatments
Veneers are a sought-after cosmetic dental treatment, but there are other options. Here’s how the cost of veneers in Huntington Beach compares to other popular smile-enhancing services:
- Braces – This tried-and-true teeth-straightening treatment can address everything from minor crowding to severely gapped teeth. Typically, the price tag is $3,000-8,000 which depends entirely on your dental needs. Unfortunately, this only addresses the position of your teeth, not the shade and shape.
- Teeth Whitening – Professional teeth whitening treatments are safe, customized, and effective. On average, in-office treatments cost $500-700 and at-home kits generally run $300-400. While both in-office and take-home options can blast away stubborn stains, the position and shape of your teeth will remain the same. As a result, you will need to factor in the cost of additional cosmetic dental services if you have misaligned, chipped, or otherwise flawed teeth.
- Dental Bonding – Dental bonding has a lower upfront cost ($300-600 per tooth) and can correct minor gaps between teeth, unsightly chips, pigmented discoloration, and more. It is important to remember, however, that the results typically only last for a few years at a time. Therefore, the long-term cost is higher than you might think.
- Veneers – Veneers are incredibly unique since they can address a multitude of cosmetic dental flaws, are completely customizable, and can last for decades with proper care. In short, while the upfront cost (generally $1,000-2,000 per tooth) may be higher, the tremendous benefits make them well worth it. Plus, there are ways to make the total amount more affordable.
How to Make Veneers Affordable
Veneers typically aren’t covered by dental insurance providers. Our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach has an option to make achieving your smile goals more feasible. We offer monthly financing through CareCredit. Divide your dental expenses into smaller payments to reduce your stress about moving forward with the procedure.
Also, we have a wellness and prevention program that, among many benefits, offers you 10 percent off treatments like veneers. Ready to begin down the path to a beautiful, complete smile? Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can answer any questions you might have.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
If you’re embarrassed by your teeth, you can fall in love with your smile using porcelain veneers in Huntington Beach. They are a minimally invasive solution to enjoy beautiful results; however, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to them. We’ll explain the process and address any questions during your initial consultation. In the meantime, your cosmetic dentist has the answers to a few of the most common questions they are asked to help ease any apprehensions.
How Many Porcelain Veneers Will I Need?
A veneer can be bonded to a single tooth; however, we often recommend placing them on the front 2, 4, or 8 teeth because they are the most visible when you smile. This helps to create a more seamless appearance for more natural-looking results.
Will I Need Gum Contouring?
We may also recommend gum contouring for patients who are interested in porcelain veneers. The treatment removes excess gum tissue to reveal more of a tooth’s surface. This might be necessary if you have a “gummy smile” because it will create a larger surface to bond the veneer. If you have an uneven gum line, contouring it will add the final touch to your new smile. Although gum contouring and veneers often go hand-in-hand, not everyone needs both procedures. We’ll evaluate your smile and discuss your aesthetic goals to create a customized treatment plan.
What Happens If a Porcelain Veneer Breaks?
Veneers are thinner than ever, but they are still durable. In fact, they can last for a decade or longer with the right care; however, they can break or fall off over time. You can help to ensure your new smile lasts by keeping a few tips in mind:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
- Use a high-quality dental floss to clean between each tooth daily.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year.
If a veneer cracks or comes loose, we can easily replace it to restore your beautiful smile.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
There isn’t a set price for veneers because their cost is based on your individual treatment plan. There are various factors that influence the price, like the number of teeth you’re treating and if you need any additional procedures. We’ll provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss the costs associated with your treatment.
We will explain your payment options to keep your dream smile affordable, like using third-party financing. We accept several payment methods to help patients from all walks of life invest in a beautiful smile.
How Can I Get Started?
If you’re ready to achieve the smile of your dreams, take your first step toward improved confidence by contacting our office. We’ll schedule you for your initial consultation with your dentist in Huntington Beach to begin the transformation process.
What Happens to the Teeth Under Veneers?
In order to place veneers on the teeth, only a small portion of the enamel needs to be removed. That being the case, the health of your teeth shouldn’t be affected by the placement of veneers. In fact, because the veneers will be protecting the teeth, they may be a little less susceptible to both decay and sensitivity. However, it’s still possible for veneered teeth to decay, so you still need to keep up with your oral hygiene if you want to keep your teeth in good condition.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Obviously, the lifespan of your veneers depends a lot on how well you take care of them. If you don’t take sufficiently good care of your restorations, you’re likely to find that they’ll wear out or fail sooner than you would like.
However, a vast majority veneers last 10-15 years, with some of the better-maintained ones lasting 20-30. If you practice thorough dental hygiene and see us often for checkups, we’ll make sure that they last for as long as possible.
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
In some cases, you may use just one or two veneers to patch up some of the most problematic teeth. However, in most cases, people getting veneers are interested in making more dramatic changes to their smiles. That being the case, they usually need to cover up all of their visible teeth. For most people this is around 6 to 8 veneers, while some people will need as many as 10 or 12.
Can You Whiten Veneers?
Whitening gel works by entering the pores on the enamel, lifting stains that have settled into the teeth. The material that veneers are made out of are designed not to be quite as porous, and while that means that they’ll be resistant to staining, it also means that they can’t be whitened. If you become unhappy with the color of your veneers, you will have to replace them.