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Porcelain Veneers–Ellington, CT

Invest in a Picture-Perfect Smile

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If you're not happy with the way your teeth look, a picture-perfect smile is possible with porcelain veneers. You don't have to undergo multiple or lengthy procedures to correct various issues, like discoloration or gaps between your teeth. Instead, your cosmetic dentist at Zahner Dental can turn the smile of your dreams into reality using a minimally invasive treatment, with results that can last for a decade or more.

Why Choose Zahner Dental for Porcelain Veneers?

  • High-Quality Materials
  • Natural-Looking Results
  • Personalized Treatment Plans

What Are Dental Veneers?

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A veneer is a thin shell bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, size, and shape. Although it can be used for a single tooth, the overall goal of the procedure is to enhance the entire smile. As a result, your dentist will recommend bonding them to the teeth visible when smiling. This allows you to correct many flaws using just one procedure, including stains and discoloration, chips and cracks, and minor alignment issues.

The Process of Getting Veneers 

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You will require an initial consultation to ensure you are a candidate for veneers. Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to create a personalized treatment plan. You may require a little prep work, like treating a cavity or gum disease therapy.

After any preliminary treatments, you're scheduled for the first half of your procedure. Your cosmetic dentist will clean your teeth and lightly etch their surfaces. This is necessary to ensure your veneers sit flush on your teeth and to create a strong bond. Don't worry, it does not harm the health or structure of your teeth.

Once your teeth have been prepped, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth, which will be sent to the dental lab. They will craft your veneers to meet your exact specifications, which can take a couple of weeks. As a result, your dentist will attach temporary veneers to protect your teeth while you wait. It also allows you to "try on" your new smile.

Once your final veneers are sent back to our office, you will return to have them bonded to your teeth. You will walk out of your appointment with the flawless smile you've always wanted.

Your dazzling results can last for 10 years or longer with the right aftercare routine, like brushing and flossing. Besides caring for your smile at home, visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.

The Benefits of Veneers

Smiling woman with veneers

Veneers continue to rank among the most popular cosmetic treatments every year and for good reasons. They can resolve several imperfections at once, making them a cost-effective option because you won't have to pay for multiple procedures. In just a few weeks, you'll achieve drastic results that look natural. You won't have to worry about budgeting for replacements often to enjoy a long-term investment.

If you are ready to love the smile you see in the mirror, it's time to see if porcelain veneers are right for you. Request an appointment through our website or call (860) 265-4591 to get started.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

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After reading through the above information, you know what veneers are, what the treatment process entails, and the benefits they come with. But how much do veneers cost? It’s a question that can only be answered at your consultation with our Ellington cosmetic dentist. After all, there are several factors that need to be considered to give you an accurate answer – from if any preliminary treatments are needed to how many veneers you’ll need. Until then you can read on to learn more on the topic, including how to make veneers more affordable.

Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What's Right For Me?

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When researching the cost of veneers, it’s important to have context. For example, what other cosmetic dental solutions are available, what dental imperfections can they address, and how do they compare in cost? With this in mind, here are a few of the most popular smile-enhancing treatments available and what you need to consider when comparing them to veneers.

  • Braces – Although braces and veneers are two very different treatments, they both can correct minor misalignment. One of the advantages of veneers, however, is that transforming your smile takes three visits or less (while traditional braces can take 6+ months). Plus, veneers can address multiple dental flaws at once, including the shape and shade of your teeth, making them well worth the investment.
  • Teeth Whitening – Professional teeth whitening can lift stubborn stains quickly and reliably. However, if the discoloration is permanent or you also want to improve the shape and position of your teeth, then veneers are the best solution. They may require a higher upfront investment, but the 10+ year lifespan of the results mean this could very well be the most cost-effective option in the long run.
  • Direct Bonding – Direct bonding is similar to veneers in that they both have shorter treatment timelines and can correct multiple dental imperfections at once. Where they differ is in the lifespan of the results. While direct bonding can last for several years at a time, studies have found that more than 90% of patients with veneers had them for well over a decade.
  • Veneers – In short, the higher upfront investment shouldn’t discourage you from considering veneers for your smile goals. Their versatility, customization, and long lifespan are just a few of the many benefits they offer that make them the ideal choice for many patients.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

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Since veneers are rarely medically necessary, dental insurance providers rarely cover the cost. The good news is that there are other financial solutions available, including CareCredit. We’re proud to work with this trusted third-party financier so our patients can pursue their dream smile without stressing about the cost. They offer multiple payment plans that can break down the cost of your treatment into manageable chunks, and there is little-to-no interest attached for qualified patients as well!

Veneer FAQs

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From an overview of the treatment process to the benefits of veneers and the factors that impact the cost, we’ve covered quite a bit of information on this page. Of course, if you want to learn more about this cosmetic dental service – including if you’re a candidate – you’re welcome to schedule a consultation with one of our talented Ellington cosmetic dentists. If you already have this appointment set, but you want to learn more in the meantime, then you can also learn the answers to FAQs right here!

Are Veneers Permanent?

Although the alterations to your natural teeth are irreversible, veneers are not permanent. They can, however, last for upwards of 30 years with proper care. To prolong the lifespan of yours, it’s crucial that you commit to a solid oral hygiene regimen, prioritize your semi-annual visits to our office, and avoid smoking and other unhealthy dental habits.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

There aren’t technically any dietary restrictions with veneers. With that being said, it is a good idea to keep your consumption of added sugar to a minimum. Otherwise, you can develop cavities that require your veneers to be removed and replaced. We also encourage patients to exercise caution with extremely crunchy foods. Of course, you should never chew non-food items as well, like pen caps or even ice cubes.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

Yes, you can still drink coffee! One reason patients love veneers is that the materials used to make them, like porcelain, are stain-resistant too. So, while it’s still a good idea to use a straw when drinking any dark-colored beverages, you won’t have to worry about dental discoloration quickly resurfacing.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

One study by Beier found that more than 80% of veneers last for 20 years. However, there are numerous patients who have enjoyed their veneers for upwards of three decades! Of course, the longevity of yours will depend largely on how well you care for them and your oral health. As a result, good dental care habits, like brushing twice a day and flossing daily, can dramatically benefit the look and health of your smile as well as your wallet.