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Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs

 

How do I know what my smile will look like when I am done?

Fortunately we have advanced digital software available to our patients that would enable them to try on their smile before making a commitment. Patients love this service because they are able to have a tangible idea what the end result may look like.





What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a thin layer of porcelain which covers the front surface of the tooth. They can be used on any teeth that show when you smile. Veneers have been used to "instantly" close gaps between teeth, straighten crooked teeth, permanently whiten stained teeth or create better shaped teeth. The main advantage of using veneers instead of full crowns is the minimal natural tooth removal in the preparation process. Porcelain Veneers rarely stain, chip or break. In fact, they are extremely strong and can last many years. They feel like your natural teeth and in most cases only a few visits are needed to create a spectacular new smile with porcelain veneers.

Your teeth will be shaped as conservatively as possible. This is accomplished by proper planning before treatment and by using high powered magnification. In fact, teeth that have been filled or are particularly worn overtime will actually be strengthened and protected by this process.





How can I avoid the "Chicklet Look"?

A high level of design and artistry is the key to successful esthetic work. We are committed to ensure that each tooth looks complimentary to your appearance and naturally blends into your smile.





How long do they last?

Our goal is that with good oral health, the simple care, and regular checkups, they should last over 15 years. Grinding, clenching, finger nail biting or biting on hard brittle foods may damage the veneers and subsequently affect their longevity. In these cases, a simple bite guard makes all the difference.





What is involved in getting Veneers?

This procedure is generally performed to correct chipped, stained, or crooked teeth. A thin layer of your natural tooth structure is reshaped and is replaced by a porcelain facing. This porcelain piece will have the ideal anatomy and color that will match perfectly to your facial structure and skin tone. A treatment plan will be designed to meet each unique smile. Veneers will consist of three (3) dental visits:

Visit 1 - Very short visit. Impression of your present teeth is taken and sent to the laboratory where a wax up or blueprint is fabricated. The wax up will allow you and Dr. Botbol a preview of your ideal smile. Visit 2- Yourteeth are prepared and a final impression is taken and sent to our porcelain ceramic specialist. Custom-made temporary veneers are fabricated and placed at this appointment. They will look like the final veneers and will allow you to test-drive your new smile.

Visit 3 - Within 7 to 14 days your customized porcelain veneers are ready for cementation. You will have a dramatically improved smile with beautiful and natural looking porcelain veneers.





How much do Porcelain Veneeers cost?

A complete smile makeover with porcelain veneers can often require an investment of $8,000 to more than $16,000, again depending on how many teeth need to be treated and how difficult the procedures will be. With our low interest financing, it's possible to have the smile of your dreams for as little as $167 per month. The major thing that you have to look out for is how low porcelain veneers cost. There are some places that will quote you for $500 apiece. Although this may seem like a good deal, it may not be the best thing in the world to get a bargain on. This is something that you are going to want to make sure is done right, and done right the first time. If the porcelain veneers are not put on the right way the first time, then you have to keep going back for them to move them until they get it right. Not many people have time to keep going back to get them adjusted. If they are not adjusted just right, then you can tell that you have on porcelain veneers. Anything that has to do with yourteeth is not something that you are going to want to take lightly, thus, this is not the kind of thing that you are going to want to look for a bargain on.

Now is the best time for you to have the smile of your dreams. Look for the best "cosmetic dentist" you can find. You will not be sorry. Remember this-there is no such thing as a bargain in brain surgery, parachutes, fire extinguishers and cosmetic dentistry!





I keep hearing about Lumineers - are they right for me?

Lumineers are a cosmetic solution for permanently stained, chipped, discolored, misaligned teeth, or even to revitalize old crown and bridge-work. Lumineers by Cerinate is a porcelain veneerthat can be made as thin as a contact lens and is placed over existing teeth without requiring painful removal of sensitive tooth structure. LUMINEERS can only be made from patented Cerinate porcelain unavailable anywhere other than the Cerinate Smile Design Studio! In just two or three visits to the dentist, Lumineers provides a custom-made smile clinically proven to last over 20 years. Please book your free consultation today to see if Lumineers are the right choice for you.





Can I straighten my teeth without wearing braces?

Absolutely. There are many ways to improve the appearance of your teeth without braces. Dr. Botbol is Level II Invisalign certified and treats many patients with invisible braces. However, if you would like another method of straightening yourteeth, Dr. Botbol may recommend one of our cosmetic services, such as porcelain veneers to straighten your smile. Call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr Botbol. After listening to your goals and concerns, he can help you choose the best way to help you straighten your smile.




 

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