Porcelain Veneers

How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?

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Many of our patients desire the opportunity to achieve a more beautiful, youthful smile and are excited to learn of the benefits of a smile makeover. Since a smile makeover involves the combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry treatments to address a variety of concerns, the ultimate costs associated with the procedure vary from patient to patient.

Some of the factors that can impact the total cost of a smile makeover include:

  • Which combination of procedures you choose for your treatment plan
  • The location of the affected teeth
  • Any laboratory costs that are necessary
  • Any sedation dentistry techniques that may be requested

During the consultation process, Dr. Kevin Sands will review your smile makeover options in detail, allowing you to make an educated decision about your teeth and gums. At that time, he can begin to create your customized treatment plan. A member of our team will then come up with an overall cost estimate and talk with you about your payment options.

Dr. Sands is an extensively trained cosmetic dentist and has helped many patients completely renew their smiles! For more information about smile makeovers, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sands, please contact our office today.

What is a Smile Makeover?

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The appearance of our smiles can make a big impression when meeting people for the first time – and significantly impact our own self-confidence. A smile makeover can comprehensively rejuvenate your smile by renewing both the health and appearance of your teeth and gums. By combining a number of popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, Dr. Kevin Sands can give you the smile of your dreams.

Your smile makeover will be customized to meet your individual needs and expectations. Depending upon your unique concerns, Dr. Sands will incorporate smile makeover options that may include: Zoom!® teeth whitening, Invisalign® clear teeth aligners, tooth-colored fillings, or dental implants. Dr. Sands is also extensively trained and experienced in the use of porcelain dental veneers as part of a smile makeover, which can repair the appearance of chips, cracks, gaps, stains, and even mild tooth misalignment.

Take a look at our Smile Gallery to see before-and-after photos depicting results of many cosmetic treatment options that can be included in a total smile makeover. To learn more about your smile makeover options, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

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Porcelain veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for improving common tooth imperfections. With the ability to cover and conceal gaps, cracks, chips, and mild tooth misalignment, dental veneers have provided many patients with a more youthful and natural-looking smile. With that in mind, how long can one expect the many benefits of porcelain veneers to last?

While there are many different types of dental veneers, porcelain veneers are considered quite durable. Though some types of dental veneers, such as composite resin veneers, may be less expensive up front, these veneers tend not to last as long. Conversely, porcelain veneers are constructed from a high-quality ceramic that can improve the appearance of your teeth for decades to come when properly cared for. During the consultation process, Dr. Kevin Sands will review the types of veneers he offers, examine your teeth, and advise you on which style of dental veneers can best meet your goals. For example, Zirconia veneers – which are stronger than traditional porcelain veneers – can be used for patients with severely damaged teeth, particularly when they are located toward the back of the mouth.

In addition to the nature of your tooth imperfections and the severity of the damage, Dr. Sands will also ask you questions about your lifestyle to help ensure that dental veneers are the best choice for you. For example, individuals who regularly engage in contact sports may not be ideal candidates for dental veneers, as the likelihood of impact increases the risk of damage to the restoration. For these patients, an alternative tooth restoration, such as a dental crown, may be more appropriate.

Regardless of which type of veneers you choose, Dr. Sands will give you detailed care instructions so your tooth restorations can last as long as possible. If you would like to learn more about our dental veneers options, please contact our office today.

What’s the Difference Between Lumineers® and Veneers?

sandsveneersDental veneers can rejuvenate your smile by covering and concealing a wide array of cosmetic concerns. Whether you have cracks, chips, stains, gaps, or mild tooth misalignment, Dr. Kevin Sands offers a variety of dental veneer options that can give you a more vibrant and youthful smile. Since there are so many types of veneers to choose from, Dr. Sands uses the initial consultation process as a time to help you explore your options and make a well-informed decision.

For example, porcelain veneers and Lumineers® seem very similar, but there are a few key differences:

Porcelain Veneers: Standard porcelain veneers are a durable tooth restoration that can conceal tooth imperfections while simultaneously giving you a natural-looking smile. Composed of a high-quality ceramic and hand-layered porcelain, each veneer is custom-made to match the shape and shade of the surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers often require only minimal preparation for the tooth so that the majority of your tooth’s natural structure can be preserved.

Lumineers®: A Lumineer® is a particular brand of porcelain veneer that has a couple of unique advantages. With all the same benefits as standard porcelain veneers, Lumineers® often require zero tooth preparation, preserving the entirety of your natural tooth. In addition, Lumineers® are composed of Cerinate® ceramic, which is an even thinner material that can eliminate the need for drilling or injections – all without compromising the durability of your restoration.

View our before-and-after smile gallery and find answers to frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers here.

If you have been searching for a fast and easy way to elevate the appearance of your smile, dental veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures for tooth enhancement. Dr. Sands will examine your teeth, listen carefully to your aesthetic goals, and help you choose which type of veneer can meet your expectations. With dental veneers, you can enjoy a more youthful and beautiful smile!

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Sands, please contact our office today.

Is Teeth Whitening or Porcelain Veneer Treatment Better for My Goals?

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If you are looking for options that can give your teeth a whiter, fresher appearance, teeth whitening and porcelain veneer treatments are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available to accomplish those goals. However, they are very different techniques and one may be better than the other, depending on your unique needs.

 

Teeth whitening offers a minimally-invasive way to lighten your teeth by several shades, addressing yellowing and discoloration that can build on the teeth over time. This procedure can give the teeth a beautifully whiter appearance and provide you with a wonderful new reason to smile. With that in mind, professional teeth whitening treatments are not often very beneficial for teeth that are affected by deep stains, and the results – while potentially long-lasting with the proper care – are not permanent.

 

Porcelain veneers can address more severe signs of staining and discoloration with results that can last for decades. They can also improve the appearance of other common dental imperfections, such as gaps, chips, and even mild cases of misalignment. Porcelain veneers are customized dental restorations designed to mask the visible part of affected teeth. They have the ability to completely restore the appearance of your smile and give your teeth a much whiter, healthier appearance. That said, porcelain veneer procedures are more invasive than teeth whitening, and may require the original tooth to be slightly reshaped in order to provide the most natural fit and appearance for the veneer.

 

View our smile gallery to see before-and-after pictures of our patients.
Both porcelain veneer treatments and in-office teeth whitening have proven to be extraordinarily effective for patients who want to renew the appearance of their smiles. It’s just a matter of determining which is best for your individual needs and goals. When you meet with our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, he will explain all aspects of the procedure you are considering and help you decide the best option. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to talk more with you about what you can expect!

Minimally-Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options

minimalIn our last blog entry, we talked about the importance of early detection for minimally-invasive dental treatment. Today, we’ll discuss some of the many treatments available that can conserve as much of your original tooth structure as possible in order to create beautiful, natural-looking results.

Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist, Kevin Sands, DDS, makes cosmetic dental treatment the cornerstone of his practice. With his many years of experience and the use of advanced techniques, he focuses on performing minimally-invasive dentistry whenever he can. Patients can benefit from Dr. Sands’ conservative approach with procedures such as:

Porcelain Veneers, Composite Veneers, Prepless Veneers

In all of Dr. Sands’ dental veneer procedures – including porcelain veneers, composite veneers, and prepless veneers – he works diligently to preserve most, if not all, of the natural tooth without the need for excessive shaving or partial removal of the affected tooth’s original structure.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

While the original tooth will need to be prepared for a cosmetic bonding procedure, Dr. Sands aims to conserve as much of it as possible so that the bonding material can augment its appearance and resolve the initial problem with a very natural-looking blend and contour.

Dental Implants

Dental implants actually make it possible to offer a more conservative missing teeth replacement solution when compared to alternative treatment options. With a procedure such as a dental bridge, the natural surrounding teeth must often be shaved and reshaped to accommodate the artificial tooth or teeth between them. This could make the natural teeth more likely to require root canal therapy in the future. Dental implants do not typically necessitate the alteration of surrounding teeth, and they offer a permanent solution for teeth replacement.

Inlays and Onlays

These treatments can sometimes serve as an alternative to dental crowns. Whereas crowns require significant removal of the original tooth structure, treatment with inlays and onlays often require much less. While heavily damaged or decayed teeth may need a full crown for the best results, inlays and onlays may be a suitable treatment for patients with less severe damage.

These are just a few examples of treatments that can be performed with a minimally-invasive approach. Conservative dental techniques can ultimately lead to much longer preservation of your original teeth, and less treatment needed to correct common imperfections and rejuvenate your smile!

Contact Dr. Kevin Sands

If you would like more information, or if you would like to schedule an appointment here at our practice, please contact Dr. Kevin Sands.

Early Detection of Dental Problems can Mean Less Invasive Treatment

One of the best things about today’s cosmetic dentistry options is that many treatments can be performed without the need to change much of your original tooth structure. Conservative dentistry, or minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry, is very important to Dr. Kevin Sands. When a tooth has been heavily damaged by decay, normal wear-and-tear, or other causes, parts of it may need to be removed in order to accommodate a natural-looking, customized restoration. A conservative approach utilizing advanced treatment techniques allows Dr. Sands to help you maintain as much of your natural teeth as possible, even while performing procedures that have traditionally required the grinding down or alteration of the tooth being treated – and early detection of dental problems can go a long way toward ensuring that a conservative treatment approach can still be applied.

Minimally-invasive dentistry not only makes it possible for Dr. Sands to preserve much of your natural tooth structure – it also means that you’ll ultimately need less treatment to restore and rejuvenate the affected tooth. By coming in for regular dental exams and cleanings (at least two per year is recommended), problems can be identified quickly. Decay, cavities, teeth that have become worn down, and many other issues can be addressed before they get much worse. Once heavy damage has set in, it reduces the chance that minimally-invasive treatment can be performed, and makes it more likely that larger portions of the original tooth will need to be removed to accommodate a restoration that will improve its strength and appearance.

Dr. Sands focuses on providing patients with minimally-invasive treatment techniques as much as possible – even with cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, and many others. Remember, early detection is vital to preserve the health and durability of your original teeth and allow Dr. Sands to renew your smile with conservative dental treatment and results that look and feel natural!

Be sure to check out the next blog in our series on minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry. We’ll be talking about some of the conservative treatment options that can fix common dental imperfections and beautifully rejuvenate the appearance of your teeth.

Contact Dr. Kevin Sands

If you would like more information on minimally-invasive cosmetic dentistry options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Kevin Sands today.

How Much do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

Porcelain dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments here at the practice of Dr. Kevin Sands. Custom-designed to improve common aesthetic imperfections such as stains and discolorations, chips and cracks, gaps and spaces, and even some cases of teeth misalignment, porcelain veneers have proven to be significantly effective for enhancing the appearance of the teeth and rejuvenating the smiles of people across the globe.

When it comes to the cost of porcelain veneers, there are many factors that are taken into consideration. The number of veneers that are necessary to meet your goals as well as your unique dental needs all play a part in the total price of the procedure. Dr. Sands will meet with you for an initial consultation to evaluate your teeth and determine if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers. He may recommend a cleaning or other procedure before placement of the veneers to make sure your teeth and gums are in reasonably good health prior to treatment. After your initial consultation, one of our staff members will put a cost estimate together and discuss it with you. Our practice offers a number of payment options that can help bring the cost of porcelain veneers into your budget. These options include:

rPayment Plans
Enhance Patient Financing
CareCredit®

We also accept cash and a variety of major credit cards. We firmly believe that porcelain veneers can be a valuable investment in the look and health of your teeth, and we want to make these treatments as financially convenient as possible. Dr. Sands is also an extraordinarily qualified cosmetic dentist who has performing porcelain veneer procedures for decades. He has treated some of the most famous smiles in the world, and has helped many patients enhance their smiles with these advanced treatments. Utilizing his artistic sensibilities and his considerable experience in dentistry, Dr. Sands can provide you with customized porcelain veneers that look beautiful and natural.

For more information on porcelain veneers, we encourage you to contact Dr. Kevin Sands today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, or assist you in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sands.

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What is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns?

While porcelain veneers and dental crowns share many similarities in what they are designed to do, there are also some important differences. Porcelain veneers can improve a range of dental imperfections, including chips and gaps, misalignment, stains and discolorations, and other issues. Crowns are often most beneficial for teeth that show signs of severe damage or decay. They are also routinely utilized as part of root canal therapy, dental implant procedures, and bridges. To be sure, crowns offer a huge aesthetic benefit, improving the appearance of the affected teeth with results that typically look very natural. In addition, crowns also serve to provide incredible strength and support to the original tooth, protecting it from further harm and, in many cases, eventual tooth extraction.

 

The chief difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns is the fact that veneers cover only the front, most visible portion of the tooth, whereas crowns cover the entire tooth. Crowns are often necessary when the tooth is in a serious state of disrepair; porcelain veneers, while very helpful with enhancing function and protection in some cases, typically offer more of a cosmetic benefit. The important thing to remember is: both crowns and veneers are custom-designed for each patient’s individual needs. That is one of the many reasons why these treatments are so effective – they are specifically created for your teeth so the fit is precise and the results look natural. Plus, veneers and crowns are color-tinted to match surrounding teeth and attached with a durable cement to ensure results can last for decades with appropriate care. These treatments can be very beneficial as stand-alone procedures, or as part of a complete smile makeover.
Once our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Sands, has met with you for your initial consultation and oral evaluation, he will explain your options and determine whether a crown or a porcelain veneer is best for your needs. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!

 

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Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

Porcelain veneers are what people often refer to as “caps.” These treatments have been utilized in cosmetic dentistry for many years, and offer patients a way to inconspicuously mask common dental imperfections with results that look natural. Dr. Kevin Sands has been performing porcelain veneer procedures for decades, and he believes they are one of the most effective options for helping patients enhance both the health and appearance of their teeth.

 

Once you meet with Dr. Sands for your initial consultation, he will evaluate your teeth and determine if porcelain dental veneers may be ideal for your needs. Candidates for porcelain veneers are typically those who would like to:

 

  • Improve the appearance of gaps or spaces between the teeth
  • Mask stains or discolorations on the teeth
  • Improve the look and function of teeth affected by chips and cracks
  • Improve mild teeth misalignment issues
  • Improve the appearance of teeth that have become worn down

 

One of the many benefits of porcelain veneers is that they are completely customized for the best possible fit and appearance. They cover only the visible portion of the tooth, and the results are known to last for several years with proper care. Check out our porcelain dental veneers photo gallery to see the renewed smiles many of our patients have achieved with this treatment.
Dr. Kevin Sands will be happy to meet with you to talk about your options and help you decide if porcelain veneers can achieve your goals. If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact Dr. Sands today.

 

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