Do you want to see a bright, bold new smile when you look in the mirror? Custom dental veneers are a versatile cosmetic solution that can bring this dream to life. Now that you’ve decided on veneers, it’s time to start planning.
Dr. Sharon B. Mateja in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, has advice for patients who are interested in getting porcelain veneers. These five tips will help you plan ahead for your cosmetic dentistry procedure.
1. Think of Your Cosmetic Goals
Having your dream smile sounds wonderful. You’ll feel confident smiling, talking, and laughing in public. But what does your dream smile look like? Before your consultation, think about what cosmetic flaws you’re most concerned about. It may be chips, flaws, gaps, or even the size of your teeth.
Bring these concerns to Dr. Mateja. You can discuss these issues together in more detail.
2. Top, Bottom, or Both?
Look in the mirror and smile. Most often, the top six to eight teeth are the most prominent. Not consider which ones might need the most work. Some patients may only need a veneer or two on the top or bottom row of teeth. Others may need veneers for both the top and bottom teeth.
3. Payment and Financing Options
Veneers come at a price, but many patients feel that their value is well worth the investment. Insurance doesn’t usually cover veneers since it’s considered a cosmetic/elective procedure.
So, how will you pay for your porcelain veneers? There are many options out there.
Some people pay cash, while others opt for third-party financing. We can go over which option makes the most sense for your financial situation during the consultation process.
4. Scheduling Your Appointments
Getting veneers will take two appointments. At the first appointment to our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dental office, Dr. Mateja will prepare your teeth, take impressions, and place temporary veneers. In two to three weeks, the custom veneers will be completed by a dental lab and be in our office for final placement.
Our front office team can schedule these visits at times that fit into your schedule. We will work with you to reduce interruptions in your normal daily routines.
5. Extending the Life of Your Veneers
Successful treatment means knowing how to care for veneers once they’re in place. Much like healthy, natural teeth, veneers require regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits to look their best. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste.
While veneers are durable, they can chip like natural tooth enamel. Avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice cubes, pen caps, and fingernails. Also avoid opening bags or packages with your teeth. When playing sports, wear a protective mouthguard and a helmet when possible.
Schedule Your Appointment Now
Want to learn more about veneers? If you have questions or would like to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Mateja, send us a message online. You can also call our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dental office at (909) 989-5959. We’ll be happy to help!