Introduction to Cosmetic Dentistry and Dental Veneers
There are legitimate problems that can exist with the appearance of teeth, which can cause a lifetime of embarrassment and even shame. Some people’s teeth erupt misshapen, deeply stained, or with malformed enamel, where one develops the habit of covering their hand over their mouth when smiling, all of which veneers can mend. Aging can also cause changes with teeth, from appearance to the weakening of enamel, and may cause some sensitivity, in which cosmetic veneers can protect and restore while at the same time, give a beautiful smile. The thought alone to approach your local dentist about cosmetic dentistry is very intimidating because veneers in places like Santa Fe or Albuquerque are not cheap. The good news is that our dental clinics in Mexico offer very affordable veneer options, which for many Americans can be life changing. Want to learn more about getting cosmetic dental veneers in Mexico? Fill out a Request for Information and one of our patient care coordinators will get back with you to discuss your case.
When to Seek Out Dental Veneers
- Misshaped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- In some cases, root canalled teeth
- Discolored teeth, where bleaching is not effective, such as Tetracycline stain
- Teeth that have been worn and shortened
- Spacing of teeth too far apart
- Thinning teeth
The Two Different Types of Veneers
Composite veneers, also known as “bonding,” are the more affordable type of veneers you can get to make significant changes to the appearance your teeth. This technique can be accomplished in one office visit, as the dentist in Mexico creates the veneer without the use of a lab. The dentists in Mexico shapes and molds the composite material, which some dentists love because it is where they may apply their artistry, while they also create a perfect color match. There is a minimal amount of tooth preparation for this more affordable veneer, where very little enamel is removed. In the U.S., composite veneers are cheaper than porcelain veneers and range from $400-$800 per tooth. When replacing all six front teeth with composite veneers, this drives the price up and the veneers are no longer so cheap. Beyond Borders Dental offers much more affordable composite veneers at our clinics in Mexico, for only about $150 per tooth!
Porcelain veneers, also known as Laminate veneers, are not as cheap as composite veneers, because they involve customizing the veneers based on impressions made of your teeth, and then sending them to a lab for fabrication. The process for creating porcelain veneers is more involved and makes this type less affordable. In addition, it usually requires two visits to your dentist in Mexico. The porcelain veneer is a thin covering that is bonded to your teeth, much like an acrylic nail would be glued over your nail bed. The tooth must be prepared for the veneer, which does mean some removal of the enamel, enough to prevent the veneer from being bulkier than the natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are not cheap, in fact, in places like Santa Fe and Albuquerque, Porcelain veneers range from $1,000-$2,000 per tooth! Imagine your quote for six Porcelain veneers from the fancy boutique cosmetic dental office being $12,000, yikes! At our dental clinics in Mexico, you can get the same quality porcelain veneers at a much more affordable price. Our dentists In Mexico use the exact same brands as the your local dentist in Santa Fe or Albuquerque to fabricate your customized veneers. Our dentists in Mexico offer low-cost porcelain veneers starting around ($625) a tooth—that’s a 55%-75% savings compared to the average dentists in Santa Fe or Albuquerque. Want to learn more about getting cosmetic dental veneers in Mexico? Fill out a Request for Information and one of our patient care coordinators will get back with you to discuss your case.
Comparing Composite to Porcelain Cosmetic Veneers
Both methods tend to be a permanent decision, as they both can interrupt the original enamel to varying degrees, so if there is a problem, the tooth must always be treated to cover it again. Composite veneers are made from a resin, which is porous, and therefore, is susceptible to stain. Porcelain veneer is a glass ceramic and is highly glazed, because the surface is smooth, it is impervious to stain. Smokers would be very disappointed in composite bonding, as it would change color quickly. Most people either drink red wine, coffee, or tea, where porcelain is a much better choice. The composite veneers are cheaper and not as durable as porcelain. They can wear out by chipping, fracturing or pitting. However, they can be repaired, where, if in the rare occasion a porcelain veneer falls off or is fractured, the entire covering needs to be replaced. Porcelain veneers are not as affordable as composite veneers though they are superior in appearance to bonding because they are translucent with a light reflective quality, which mimics enamel. The lifespan of porcelain veneers is usually 15-20 years, with much less maintenance than composite veneers which may only last 5 years, as they are stronger with chip and stain resistance. Your dentist may recommend a night guard to protect your porcelain veneers at night, where you may unknowingly clench or grind your teeth. You can get a night guard from our dentist in Mexico for around $100.
Conditions that Cannot Support Cosmetic Dental Veneers
- Pre-existing large fillings or decayed teeth
- Deep overlapping teeth or severely mal-positioned
- Advanced to severe periodontal disease (can be a candidate sometimes if treated)
- Severe recession with too much dentin (root) exposure
- Severe bruxism (clenching or grinding)
Choosing One Veneer Over the Other
Your dentist in Mexico will probably let you know if composite or porcelain veneer is the best material for what you are treating. Usually porcelain ceramic is supreme, however, if you are young, and or, your teeth are vulnerable to re-injury, then bonding is the best choice. When teeth are worn down and sometimes shortened where you can see yellow on the biting surface, porcelain does not adhere well, so the teeth must be built up with composite. It is reassuring to know that there are viable options to enhance and improve your teeth. The choice is made easy when you can have the highest quality affordable veneers with the best porcelain materials available from Mexico.
Want to learn more about getting cosmetic dental veneers in Mexico? Fill out a Request for Information and one of our patient care coordinators will get back with you to discuss your case.