Reliant Family Dental
Reliant Family Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic Dentistry

An image of a dental mirror reflecting a smile | porcelain veneers Evansville, INWhile porcelain veneers are designed to be durable, they won’t last forever and may need to be replaced after about ten years.

You can extend the life of your veneers by:

  • Taking good care of your teeth with a regular brushing and flossing routine
  • Visiting us for regular checkups
  • Brushing your teeth after consuming foods and drinks that stain
  • Not smoking
  • Avoiding chewing things that are not food such as ice, pencils, and fingernails.

Regular dental cleanings and exams are essential to the health of your natural teeth as well as your restorative dentistry. If you have a clenching and grinding habit, a nightguard can protect your veneers from damage while you sleep.

If you have chosen the type of veneers that require preparation of the teeth (which removes a layer of enamel), the process is irreversible, and you will need to keep veneers on your teeth permanently. While they are a lifelong commitment, most of our patients wouldn't have it any other way! They love the new look of their smiles and wish they had opted for treatment sooner.

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If you are considering porcelain veneers, please call our office so we can discuss the process and your options with you.
 

a woman gets a veneer matched to her teeth | Evansville IN dentistVeneers

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the top of the teeth to conceal many cosmetic flaws.

Some types of veneers require that a layer of enamel is removed before they are placed, a process that is irreversible. Veneers are made by a lab and need at least two appointments to complete. They have a realistic appearance and are slightly translucent, much like your natural teeth. We design them with your goals for your smile in mind and take great care to make sure they look natural.

Bonding

Bonding also conceals a number of flaws but requires less prep work than veneers. Bonding can be performed in a single appointment. The material is applied to your teeth by Dr. Meunier and then shaped to fit. It is the same material we use to create tooth-colored fillings – a mixture of BPA-free plastic and microscopic glass particles. Once the fit is correct, and the problem is fixed, the bonding material is cured using a particular type of light. Cosmetic bonding also looks great, but will not always give you the same natural appearance that porcelain veneers provide.

Call our office to schedule a consultation and determine which process is right for you and your needs.
 

a tooth sits atop a stack of cash | Dentist Evansville INGenerally speaking, no.

It's Unique To The Procedure

Some procedures that might be considered “cosmetic” in nature may be covered because they are also being done to improve the functionality of your teeth, such as porcelain crowns or tooth-colored composite filling. This is true for patients with severely damaged smiles due to an accident or chronic clenching and grinding. Because your dentin may be exposed, it can cause sensitivity and make you more prone to decay. In cases such as this, your insurance may cover a portion of your treatment. Ultimately, it depends on your insurance and your level of coverage.

We Offer Financing For You

At Reliant Family Dental, we make it easy for you to get the dental care you need – including cosmetic treatments – because we offer to finance through CareCredit and the Quality Dental Plan. We can discuss ways to phase out your treatment over time to help you fit it into your budget. We can start by repairing the teeth that most need our attention and move on from there. We also offer super affordable options such as cosmetic dental bonding and teeth whitening.

To learn more about how we are making cosmetic dentistry more accessible for everybody, please give us a call and set up a consultation appointment with Evansville dentist Dr. Chris Meunier.
 

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