Porcelain veneers offer a solution for many smile problems, including tooth color, shape, length, and alignment. Veneers can actually strengthen the teeth. Research shows that veneers can reinforce a fractured, chipped, or worn-down tooth.
Obtaining natural looking results is often the biggest concern for most patients. Porcelain has come such a long way, and today’s materials can look very natural. A lot depends on the dentist’s cosmetic skill level and the lab chosen to fabricate the veneers or porcelain crowns. Just as any dentist can place veneers, any dental lab can make veneers. As you could probably guess there is a large difference in the results in the normal “run-of-the-mill” labs that most dentists use and a truly cosmetic dental lab. We use a lab chosen by many of the top cosmetic dentists in the country, www.golddustdental.com
A case example from your STL Smile Designer, this smile was designed using 8 upper porcelain veneers and 2 porcelain crowns. Natural looking veneers fabricated by Gold Dust Dental Lab. Included are photos of the left and right hand views of the smile pre and post veneers.
Actual Patient of Dr. Justin B. Short
Why don’t all dentists use a great cosmetic dental lab? Well unfortunately there are several reasons. First, it has to do with price, a restoration from a truly “cosmetic” dental lab are often 2-3x’s the cost of a restoration from a normal dental lab. Second, most dentists do not take the time to research and evaluate different dental labs abilities and results. Finally, a lab like Gold Dust is very picky. Creating beautiful restorations begins with the dentist’s skill level in designing a platform for a lab to do their best work!
Signs of less-than-perfect veneers include stains at the edges of the veneers, dark triangles between the teeth, and thick or bulky appearance. We have all seen smiles you can pick out from across the room and say “those are fake”, we do not design those smiles!
The procedure takes two or three visits. The first visit consists of impressions and photographs. The second visit includes numbing, reshaping, and new temporaries to test drive your new smile. The third visit is to try in and permanently bond your new veneers.
Case fees can range anywhere from $3,000 to $40,000 depending on how many teeth are involved and how complex the case is.