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Porcelain Veneers – San Antonio, TX

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Do you feel self-conscious about your smile? Do you wish you had the same confident grin as your favorite celebrity? With porcelain veneers, a brand-new smile is possible. Whether your teeth are chipped, cracked, slightly misaligned, or stained, porcelain veneers in San Antonio, TX are a convenient cosmetic solution that can deliver amazing results.

Why Choose New Image Dentistry for Porcelain Veneers?

  • Able to Remove Multiple Flaws
    with a Single Procedure
  • Preview Your Results with
    Digital Imaging
  • State-of-the-Art Dental Office That Uses
    the Highest-Quality Materials

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Woman pointing to smile after porcelain veneer treatment

Porcelain veneers are similar to cosmetic bonding, but unlike bonding, which uses dental resin to mask a limited number of issues, porcelain veneers are made from slivers of high-quality dental porcelain. Why porcelain? Because porcelain is metal-free and mimics the look of natural teeth in a way that other materials can’t.

Getting Started with Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers prior to placement

If you've decided to transform your smile with porcelain veneers, getting started is easy.

During your first appointment at our San Antonio dental office, Dr. Holland will talk with you about the results you’d like to achieve. Then, after a comprehensive exam, he can begin designing your veneers. The key to designing a great set of veneers is creating a look that perfectly complements your appearance. That means choosing veneers that are the right shape, color, and size for you.

Once your porcelain veneers have been planned, we’ll prepare your teeth and put a set of temporary veneers in place. These temporary veneers will give you some idea of what your new smile will look like, and they’ll also protect your teeth while our lab makes your permanent veneers.

When your permanent veneers have been completed, you’ll come back for your second and final appointment to have your veneers placed.

As you get back to your normal schedule, you can feel confident about how your new smile and “new image” will transform your life. Besides improving your confidence, your new smile could also improve your romantic, social, and business relationships. Studies have shown that people with whiter, straighter teeth are perceived as more attractive, more successful and more confident.

How Can I Care For My Porcelain Veneers?

Patient with porcelain veneers brushing teeth

How do you care for porcelain veneers? Just like you care for your natural smile—with regular brushing and flossing. We recommend that patients—with or without porcelain veneers—brush twice a day, floss at least once, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Want to Learn More About Porcelain Veneers?

Woman's smile compared with porcelain veneer tooth color chart

If you’re ready to find out more about porcelain veneers, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Holland, call our San Antonio dental office today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about porcelain veneers or any of our other general, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry services.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

woman ready for treatment at dentist

If you’re interested in upgrading your smile with veneers in San Antonio, you may be wondering how much they cost. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are certainly a few things to consider as a prospective patient. Read on to learn about the price of veneers, how they stack up to other smile-enhancing treatments, and ways to make the cost more affordable!

The Cost of Veneers Compared to Other Cosmetic Treatments

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Veneers are a sought-after cosmetic dental treatment, but there are other options. Here’s how the cost of veneers in San Antonio compares to other popular smile-enhancing services:

  • Braces – This tried-and-true teeth-straightening treatment can address everything from minor crowding to severely gapped teeth. Typically, the price tag is $3,000-8,000, which depends entirely on your dental needs. Unfortunately, this only addresses the position of your teeth, not the shade and shape.
  • Teeth Whitening – Professional teeth whitening treatments are safe, customized, and effective. On average, in-office treatments cost $500-700, and at-home kits generally run $300-400. While both in-office and take-home options can blast away stubborn stains, the position and shape of your teeth will remain the same. As a result, you will need to factor in the cost of additional cosmetic dental services if you have misaligned, chipped, or otherwise flawed teeth.
  • Dental Bonding – Dental bonding has a lower upfront cost ($300-600 per tooth) and can correct minor gaps between teeth, unsightly chips, pigmented discoloration, and more. It is important to remember, however, that the results typically only last for a few years at a time. Therefore, the long-term cost is higher than you might think.
  • Veneers – Veneers are incredibly unique since they can address a multitude of cosmetic dental flaws, are completely customizable, and can last for decades with proper care. In short, while the upfront cost (generally $1,000-2,000 per tooth) may be higher, the tremendous benefits make them well worth it. Plus, there are ways to make the total amount more affordable.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

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Veneers typically aren’t covered by dental insurance providers. Our cosmetic dentist in San Antonio has the option to make achieving your smile goals more feasible. We offer financing through CareCredit. Divide your dental expenses into smaller payments to reduce your stress about moving forward with the procedure.

Also, Dr. Holland has created an In-Office Dental Plan for uninsured patients to facilitate access to affordable care. Contact our team for a cosmetic consultation to learn more about treatments and payment details.

Veneer FAQs

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Because of their incredible versatility and potential to last many years, it’s no surprise that veneers are an increasingly popular cosmetic dental treatment. While you may know a bit more about this service based on the information above, it’s only natural to have a few lingering questions in mind. Fortunately, our team at New Image Dentistry wants you to be as well-informed as possible, which is why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions below. Should you not find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out for personal assistance!

Are Veneers Permanent?

While veneers are not considered permanent, they aren’t reversible either. Before they’re placed, we will need to remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure they fit properly on your teeth. Since your enamel cannot regenerate itself, your teeth will always need to be covered by veneers or crowns moving forward. The good news is that with proper maintenance, your new smile can last well over a decade, meaning you don’t have to worry about needing new veneers often.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

After your teeth are prepared for veneers, you’ll need to wear temporary ones to protect your smile while you wait for your permanent ones. During that time, you’ll need to avoid:

  • Hard foods (i.e., ice, raw fruits and vegetables, hard candy)
  • Sticky foods (i.e., gum, toffee, caramel)
  • Dark-colored foods and drinks (i.e., soda, coffee, tomato sauce)

You may also want to drink alcohol sparingly, as it can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers in place.

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

When you first get veneers, you may have trouble pronouncing certain words or making specific sounds. This is mainly because of muscle memory! Your tongue is not used to accounting for the presence of veneers when you talk. Although it’s only a minor difference in thickness, it still affects the way the tongue moves. Fortunately, any lisp you develop is temporary and should go away over time. You can speed up the adjustment process by repeating difficult-to-pronounce words or asking your dentist to reduce the thickness of veneers in a certain area.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Believe it or not, veneers can last well over a decade with proper care and maintenance. If the treatment fails, it’s usually because of fractures, chips, and cracks that occur due to not protecting the teeth. While the average lifespan of veneers is around 10 to 15 years, they are capable of lasting 30 years or more. Make sure you follow proper precautions to keep your veneers safe, like sticking to a strict dental hygiene routine and not biting down on hard objects.