Veneers – Naples, FL
Porcelain veneers are a thin, semi-translucent covering that is permanently bonded to your teeth. While they’re not suitable for every patient, porcelain veneers are the most aesthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving the front teeth.
Why Choose Island Coast Dentistry for Veneers?
- Fully Personalized with Size, Shape, and Color in Mind
- Experienced Dentist with Strong Attention to Detail
- Adjust Multiple Imperfections with a Single Treatment
Porcelain Veneers by Dr. Skupny
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, ones with noticeable cracks, or those with obvious gaps, and they are ideal for masking discolored fillings in the front teeth.
Dental veneers can be used to fix:
- Diastemas (spaces between the teeth)
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Unsightly stained or washed out fillings
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth that can’t be bleached
- Crooked teeth
Dr. Jeffrey Skupny offers beautifully crafted and placed porcelain veneers to patients from the Collier County area and throughout Southwest Florida here at Island Coast Dentistry.
Advantages & Benefits of Dental Veneers
There are many benefits and advantages to having porcelain veneers placed on your front teeth:
- The procedure for placing cosmetic veneers takes only two appointments.
- Porcelain veneers are the most biocompatible material you can use next to the gingiva (part of the gum tissue that immediately surrounds the teeth).
- Porcelain veneers are the most aesthetic restoration in all of dentistry.
How are Porcelain Veneers Prepared and Placed?
At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared for the dental veneers and an impression is taken. This impression is then sent to a lab where each porcelain veneer is custom made to Dr. Skupny’s specifications. Beautiful temporaries (temporary dental veneers) are fabricated to simulate your new smile, so you can expect to leave the first appointment looking better than when you came in. At the second appointment, your new porcelain veneers are permanently adhered to your teeth.
What to Expect with Dental Veneers
Dental veneers can last indefinitely depending on how well you take care of them. Because porcelain veneers are stronger than simple bonding, they are also more resistant to stains and chipping. Even so, you must maintain regular oral hygiene at home and visit us for routine cleanings and exams. This is to ensure that your new cosmetic veneers will look as good as new.
Another important point is that oral habits that damage natural teeth, such as nail biting, opening bobby pins, and chewing on hard objects, can also damage your new dental veneers. Once porcelain veneers are applied, just treat them like natural teeth!
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
From what to expect and the benefits to the placement process, the above information is designed to make researching veneers in Naples as straightforward as possible. Naturally, many patients looking into this smile-enhancing treatment have an important question on their mind, “How much does it cost?” While the answer to that question will depend largely on your unique treatment plan, there are a few important factors that play a role across the board. Keep reading to learn more!
A Cost Analysis: Veneers vs. Other Popular Dental Treatments
While veneers have been (and continue to be) extremely popular, they aren’t the only smile-enhancing solution available. When determining if the cost of veneers in Naples works for you, it’s important to consider how it stacks up to other popular treatments. With this in mind, here is a quick analysis:
- Braces – From slight gaps to severely rotated teeth, there is no orthodontic concern that braces can’t address. It is important to note, however, that braces will not correct other dental flaws, like discoloration or chips.
- Teeth Whitening – If stubborn stains are the source of your problems, then a professional teeth whitening treatment is certainly the way to go. However, permanent discoloration and other concerns, like misalignment, require veneers to address effectively and simultaneously.
- Direct Bonding – Like veneers, direct bonding can correct minor spacing issues, pigmented stains, chips, and other imperfections with just one treatment. The only drawback is the longevity since the results typically only last for a few years at a time.
- Veneers – When comparing cosmetic dental treatments, veneers may seem like the most expensive option. While that can certainly be true when considering the upfront cost, it’s important to remember that you’re paying for longevity, customization, and a smile that you’re truly proud of.
How to Make Veneers Affordable
While we do welcome dental insurance benefits, veneers are rarely covered since they aren’t considered “medically necessary.” Fortunately, there is another solution: flexible financing. This third-party financier allows qualified patients to take advantage of low-to-no interest payment plans that space-out the cost of larger treatments over the course of several months. As a result, you won’t have to pay the lump sum upfront. Of course, our cosmetic dentist in Naples and the rest of our team would be more than happy to share more about this option during your initial consultation and even answer any questions you have before applying.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Choosing porcelain veneers in Naples to transform your smile is a big commitment. It is normal to have several questions about the treatment. Dr. Skupny wants you to feel confident in your decision to improve your teeth. He takes the time during your initial consultation to explain the process to give you the peace of mind you need to make the right choice for your smile. In the meantime, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions about veneers to learn more about your options.
Do I need veneers on all my teeth?
You do not need veneers on all your teeth. Instead, most people choose to get 4 to 8 to only improve the teeth that are visible when smiling. If you only have 1 or 2 teeth that are imperfect, that is ok too. Dr. Skupny evaluates your smile and discusses the results you want to achieve to determine how many veneers you will need.
How long do veneers last?
Although veneers are made from a thin porcelain material, they are durable. They can last for an average of 10 years before needing to be replaced. There are several things you can do to promote how long they last, such as:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth twice a day.
- Use a high-quality dental floss to clean between your teeth daily.
- Use an athletic mouthguard if you play sports.
- Do not use your teeth as tools, such as to open packages.
- Do not chew on inedible objects, like your fingernails or pencils.
- Do not bite or chew overly hard or sticky foods with the veneers.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
How much do veneers cost?
There is no set amount you can expect to pay for your new smile because the cost is determined by your individual treatment plan, such as the number of veneers needed. We help you maximize any savings opportunities to ensure your new smile stays within your budget, like using your dental coverage. Although it is rare for an insurer to cover a portion of their cost, there are certain situations where veneers may be included in your policy.
If you cannot use your insurance, we accept a variety of payment options to keep your new smile affordable, such as third-party financing with CareCredit. Based on your credit’s approval, you are given the funds you need to pay for your treatment. You then repay the balance using a payment plan that accommodates your budget.
What happens if I break a veneer?
Although veneers are durable, they can break or fall off. If a veneer is damaged, your cosmetic dentist in Naples, Dr. Skupny, can replace it to restore your beautiful smile.