Cosmetic Dentistry Are you unhappy with your smile or just want to improve your smile? At Dentalways, we believe that a smile makeover can be life altering. It can improve self-esteem and appearance, which in turn can improve job performance or improve personal relationships and thus improve your overall quality of life. That’s why at Dentalways we take your smile seriously. Our mission is to help you achieve the goals you have for your dream smile. There are several great options for improving or completely transforming your smile depending on your individual needs and desires. Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers If you DON'T like the shape, alignment, or size of your existing teeth than Cosmetic Veneers or Lumineers could be the cosmetic solution you're looking for. 1. What is the difference between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers? At Dentalways, we get asked this question by many patients. The difference between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers is simply the preparation of the teeth and the material used. With Porcelain Veneers the entire front surface of the teeth will need to be trimmed very slightly (around 1 millimeter to be exact), but with Lumineers there is little to no preparation of the teeth and so it is called a "prep-less veneer". 2. Which veneer type is better? Well, it depends on what you really want. Dr. Khullar believes the esthetic results from Porcelain Veneers are significantly better, however they do require removal of some healthy tooth structure. Lumineers require little to no removal of healthy tooth structure and will give a decent esthetic outcome, but not the optimal esthetic outcome that Porcelain Veneers offer. There are several things to consider when deciding between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers, and the choice is determined on a case by case basis. During your initial consultation visit at Dentalways we will discuss the differences with you in detail and help you reach a final decision. 3. What do veneers cost? Cosmetic dentistry can be surprisingly expensive. At Dentalways we use only the best lab and materials for all our cosmetic cases because we believe that you should get what you pay for. Dr. Khullar has completed over 1,000 hours of Advanced Continuing Dental Education and much of that was done in Cosmetic Dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Education. In addition, Dr. Khullar only uses a Las Vegas Institute trained dental laboratory for all his Cosmetic Porcelain Veneer cases, so you can be rest assured your getting the best possible restoration. Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers cost anywhere from $1,000 - $1,300 per tooth depending on your case. We try to keep our fees competitive, but we also want to provide our patients with the best veneers we possibly can and that sometimes costs more. But rest assured, we will give the smile of your dreams at the lowest possible price. 4. Will I have pain or sensitivity during the procedure or after I get my veneers? To help alleviate the pain, Dentalways offers sedation dentistry if you would like to be sedated for the preparation of your veneers. Tooth sensitivity can be a common side effect of after you get your veneers, but at Dentalways we use desensitizing materials to help prevent this side effect. 5. Will my veneers pop off? Your Veneers will be bonded (adhered) to your natural tooth structure, so the chances of them “popping off” is greatly reduced. Dentalways can also fabricate a custom night guard for you to help prevent your veneers from coming off. 6. Will my veneers change color over time? As they are used and depending on your eating and drinking habits, veneers can stain over time, especially if you’re an avid coffee or red wine drinker. But, that doesn’t mean veneers won’t look good after 10-15 years. They can be cleaned and polished! In addition, you can pick a bleach (whiter) shade at the beginning and that way even if you abuse your veneers your teeth will still be whiter down the road than they probably are now. At Dentalways, we also use a non-color changing bonding resin to help prevent long-term color changes. This is very important when getting veneers, because if not used your veneers will actually get yellowish or brownish underneath and you can’t even polish that off! 7. How long will my veneers last? Veneers last a long time, anywhere from 10 - 30 years. How long they last will depend on your oral hygiene at home and coming in for regularly scheduled dental hygiene (cleaning) appointments. Zoom! Teeth Whitening If you DO like the shape, alignment, and size of your existing teeth, but you just don't like the color of your teeth than Zoom! in-office whitening could be the cosmetic solution for you. The desire for a brighter, whiter smile is the most common thing we hear from patients. Dentalways is happy to offer in-office professional whitening treatment using Phillips Zoom technology. The process includes putting a special whitening gel onto the teeth then focusing an LED WhiteSpeed light over the teeth to active the hydrogen peroxide in the gel. One treatment takes about 15 minutes and most patients will require 3 to 4 treatments to get their desired level of whiteness. Dentalways also provides custom trays and additonal tubes of bleach for at-home use to enhance and prolong results. Click here to learn more about the Zoom! Whitening procedure. Ready to setup an appointment for cosmetic consultation? Give us a call 501-753-7366 or request an appointment online today!