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Veneers – Springfield, MO

Beautiful Smile Transformations in Just 2 Appointments

When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you have imperfections that you wish would go away? At Galleria Dental of Springfield, we offer veneers as a way to give our dental patients the beautiful, white smile of their dreams. Plus, Dr. Tolliver can design your veneers to meet your specific needs. Keep reading to learn more about one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry options.

Why Choose Galleria Dental of Springfield for Porcelain Veneers?

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

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Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that are designed by our experienced cosmetic dentist to cover the entire front surfaces of your teeth. Once bonded, they can erase a wide range of flaws like chips, cracks, slight gaps, and more. Porcelain veneers can be custom-made to match the size, shape, and shade of your natural smile, or the grin that you’ve always wanted but never had.

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

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If you’re wondering whether or not this treatment is right for you, the best way to know is to visit our dental office for a consultation. Dr. Tolliver will carefully examine your smile and the imperfections that effect it. If there are any preexisting oral health conditions like decay or gum disease, they will need to be treated before getting your veneers. Typically, candidates for this treatment will have chips, cracks, slight gaps, misshapen teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or other flaws that can be corrected by placing porcelain veneers.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure

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After your consultation, Dr. Tolliver will prepare your teeth by removing a slight portion of the enamel to accommodate veneers. Then, we will take images and impressions of your smile, which are sent to a dental lab for the creation of your veneers. Once they have been made, you’ll come back into our dental office. Dr. Tolliver will ensure that you’re happy with your new smile before permanently bonding the veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth. Typically, this entire smile transformation can be completed in just 2 appointments.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

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Porcelain veneers have become our premier cosmetic dentistry service because of these amazing advantages:

Does it sound like you could benefit from porcelain veneers? Contact our dental office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Tolliver.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

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When it comes to veneers (as well as any kind of cosmetic dentistry) you truly get what you pay for. This is why it’s worth making an investment in your smile, especially if you want to ensure your new appearance lasts for many years and remains natural-looking along the way. With that said, veneers aren’t the only option available to you and other services could meet your needs more effectively.

Which Cosmetic Treatment Can Help Me the Most?

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Veneers are far from the only treatment that can address your dental concerns, which is why it’s worth it to look over all the solutions available to you beforehand. This can be especially helpful if you want a more affordable solution for your smile imperfections.

For example, a few of the services we provide include:

  • Invisalign – A great way to straighten teeth and remove gaps, Invisalign has proven to be an extremely popular solution among patients. However, they tend to be quite expensive and take several months to complete. They also won’t address anything related to the color or shape of your teeth.
  • Teeth Whitening – With professional-grade take-home teeth whitening kits, you can make your smile multiple shades whiter on the go and with virtually no teeth sensitivity involved. Keep in mind it won’t adjust the position or shape of your teeth, but it is generally more affordable than other solutions.
  • Dental Bonding – Using tooth-colored composite resin, affordable dental bonding lets you cover stains, cracks, chips, and even small gaps in your smile. Of course, retreatment will likely need to be done every few years to ensure the bonding blends in and remains durable.
  • Veneers – It’s true that veneers are more expensive on average, but they can actually help you save money on other treatments because of their unique versatility. When you want to address the color, shape, and even position (in some cases) of your teeth, they are a fantastic option.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

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Veneers are rarely covered by dental insurance plans because they are seen exclusively as a cosmetic dental treatment with no medical benefits. However, there are ways to make them budget-friendly. For example, one of the most common solutions patients reach for is dental financing through third-party options like CareCredit. Through their payment plans, you can spread the costs of your cosmetic treatment over the course of several months, often times with little to zero interest attached to these installments.

Do veneers sound right for you? Our team at Galleria Dental of Springfield encourages you to give our dental office a call. We’d love to help you budget your future cosmetic treatment and make your dream smile a reality!

Veneers Frequently Asked Questions

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At Galleria Dental of Springfield, we can place veneers to correct years’ worth of cosmetic imperfections in your teeth and give you that perfect set of pearly whites you’ve always dreamed of. With this treatment, you can kiss chips, cracks, gaps, and stains goodbye. Before you undergo treatment, however, we want you to be as well-informed about veneers as possible. For this reason, we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions we get about veneers.

Are Veneers Permanent?

In order to ensure your veneers don’t bulge out in your smile, a tiny sliver of enamel is removed from your affected teeth. Enamel cannot regenerate, so once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Because of this, veneers are considered a permanent treatment. Although veneers can be removed at any time, your teeth will always need some kind of protection going forward, whether that be with veneers or dental crowns.

Do Veneers Increase the Risk of Cavities?

Veneers essentially function just like regular teeth, so your likelihood of developing cavities is virtually the same with or without veneers. Remember to brush and floss your veneered teeth just as you would your natural teeth, and your risk of tooth decay should remain fairly low.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your veneers to last up to 15 or even 20 years. As mentioned above, they do not require any special care besides regular brushing, flossing, and checkups and cleanings with Dr. Tolliver every six months. It also helps to wear a custom nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep. This can help prevent your veneers from breaking. Avoid chewing on inedible items with your veneers. Lastly, wear a mouthguard during sports games or practices to avoid injury to your veneers.

Will Veneers Restrict My Diet?

Unlike braces, veneers shouldn’t affect what foods you can and can’t eat. Since your teeth may be sore for the first few days after receiving your veneers, we recommend sticking to a soft food diet at first. After that, you should be able to enjoy whatever foods you want, within reason. Some items, such as hard candies, nuts, ice, and popcorn, should be limited or avoided, as they can wreck your veneers.

Does It Hurt to Get Veneers?

We’ll make sure that your mouth is nice and numb before placing your veneers. Once the numbing medication takes effect, you shouldn’t feel a thing during the procedure. In smaller cases, like two to four veneers, there should be very little soreness after the medicine wears off. However, with larger cases that involve eight or more veneers, you can expect some discomfort for the next few days. This soreness can be alleviated by taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen.

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