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Are Dental Veneers Right for You?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shell coverings designed to protect teeth and also to enhance their appearance. Often made from either porcelain or composite resin, they are applied to the front of a single tooth, or several teeth simultaneously, through a bonding process. Both the porcelain and composite resin types have different advantages, which can be discussed with your dentist in order to determine which ones are the best fit for you.

Dental veneers fix or improve a number of common patient complaints. They easily cover broken or chipped teeth, which helps to protect the affected area from further damage, while at the same time restoring a complete, healthy smile. Individuals with teeth that are worn down, as a result of grinding, for example, can also benefit from veneers. In addition, they can help patients with teeth that are improperly aligned or uneven.

For individuals who suffer from gaps between the teeth, dental veneers can provide an alternative when braces are not an option, or when they are undesirable to the patient. Without the hassle of braces, veneers can be fitted to give the appearance of a full, gapless set of teeth.

Veneers can also hide stains that prove difficult or impossible to remove. Whether teeth have been stained as a result of drug or root canal treatments, or simply from the use of common tooth-staining foods and beverages, dental veneers can bring back that coveted sparkling whiteness in any lacklustre smile.

Generally, there are a few main differences between the two types of veneers. The porcelain ones have a more natural appearance and a higher resistance to stains. They require fabrication by a technician in a dental laboratory and often take up to two weeks to create. The composite resin ones are typically thinner than their porcelain counterparts. Because of this, it isn’t necessary to remove as much enamel from the surface of the tooth as compared with a porcelain application. With resin veneers, your dentist may be able to place them directly onto your teeth, without needing to order them from a lab.

The process of getting dental veneers usually involves an initial consultation, an appointment for preparation, and, finally, the veneer application. To prepare the teeth, enamel is removed from the surface of the teeth in an amount approximate to the size of the dental veneer. The final step is when the veneer is carefully applied and bonded to the teeth by your dentist, ensuring a perfect fit and giving you a permanent, beautiful, brand new smile.

 

Why Are Dental Implants Expensive?

The various factors contributing to the expense of dental implants

Why are dental implants so expensive? This is a common question posed by those who are considering undergoing the procedure. The expense of implants can be attributed to several factors, including the complex and labour intensive nature of the procedure, longevity of the implants and price differentials that are further explained below.

Complex and labour intensive procedure

Implant dentistry is more complex than traditional dentistry, coming within the category of restoration dentistry. The specialised nature of a dental implant procedure requires the skills of an oral surgeon, periodontist, or a dentist trained in implantology.

Dental implants require a tremendous amount of time, planning and work to be undertaken in a number of stages, in order to achieve a successful implantation. An initial consultation incorporating dental imaging is required in order to develop a customised treatment plan for the patient. Two implant appointments are generally required, one to place the titanium implant into the jaw and the other to situate the crown and abutment. Subsequent procedures may also be required, such as adjustment to the implant.

 Longevity

The initial outlay for the procedure is balanced by the longevity of this treatment option for dental restoration. Implants have significant strength and are not prone to decay. Alternative options such as bridges have a shorter lifespan and must be replaced on a more frequent basis. The longevity of the implants makes it a worthwhile, cost-effective option in the long-term.

Price differentials

Considerable price differentials with regard to the provision of the procedure exist, due to the level of competition and geographical area of the treatment provider.

To stay competitive, treatment providers may publicise and quote implant prices at a level below that of other close providers. However, it is important to comprehend the extent of services that are being outlined by the provider. Treatment providers may advertise a price for the entirety of dental implant work, which incorporates the cost of the initial consultation, subsequent appointments and material. This price may seem expensive in comparison to other providers, who may only outline the price for the placing of the implant during an appointment.

The geographical area in which a treatment provider operates can also have a sizeable effect upon the price quoted for dental implants. The price for dental implants in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States is considerably higher than that charged in countries such as Mexico, Thailand and India. Dental tourism is therefore becoming increasingly popular among those looking to undergo the procedure at a lower price.  When factoring in the travel required to get this procedure done abroad, you will most likely find that you wouldn’t be much better off financially.

Teeth Whitening – Home vs Professional

Dental procedures, whether essential, or done for cosmetic reasons, can be very expensive. Whilst A-list movie stars and entertainers can afford cosmetic dentistry running into thousands of pounds, other people have to explore more cost-effective ways of making the best of the teeth they have. This is why, over the last decade, there has been an explosion in the demand for teeth whitening and teeth whitening products. But how do the different options available compare?

Home Treatments

There is a range of teeth whitening products that can be used at home without dental supervision. These include, whitening rinses, whitening toothpaste and gel strips, all of which bring results only after prolonged use. More expensive kits, such as whitening trays, mirror techniques used by dentists. The trays are filled with whitening solution and attached to the teeth. The trays have to be worn for a specified period each day for several weeks and are reported to give good results.

Dentist Supervised Treatment

Treatments used by dentists are based on whitening trays, however, unlike those for home use, a mould is made of the persons teeth so that the trays fit comfortably without the irritation and chaffing sometimes associated with do-it-yourself kits. The whitening chemical used by dentists (carbon peroxide or hydrogen based peroxide) is stronger than in solutions designed for home use. The treatment is usually carried out over one to four visits lasting a couple of hours each before teeth are lighter by 4-8 shades.

Accelerated Treatment

For the fastest results the teeth are exposed to halogen light during the whitening process. This is the most expensive option, but depending on the severity and type of staining, an 8 shade improvement is achievable in only one or two treatments lasting an hour each.

The Advantage Of Using A Dentist

Teeth whitening is not as straightforward as it might seem. The chemical used is effectively a type of bleach and should be used with caution, particularly where there is gum sensitivity. Teeth can become stained for many reasons and a dentist will advise on how best to remove the staining, carry out treatment while protecting gums and other dental work, like crowns and implants, and make sure treatment is not taken too far. Using the services of a dentist is much quicker than applying home methods, is safer and less messy.