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Dentist Sandy Springs: How much do Veneers Cost?

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A porcelain veneer provides an excellent match.

They can run anywhere from $925 to $2,500 per tooth. And yes, veneers can be quite expensive but if done correctly the process is quite tedious. But they do offer several benefits, including a distinctly improved smile.

First, what are veneers?  They are extremely thin custom made covers for the front surface of the teeth. They can be made from porcelain or direct composite resin.  While porcelain veneers are more expensive than composite, they last much longer and are more stain resistant.  Traditional composite veneers last on average between five and seven years while porcelain veneers last between 10 and 18 years.

Veneers are used for a variety of purposes. They can be used to fix chipped or broken teeth or teeth that have become discolored by root canal work, excessive fluoride, or drugs such as tetracycline. Veneers can also be used to correct misaligned teeth or ones with gaps between them.  But the most common reason for veneers is cosmetic. They can be used to change the length, shape, size and color of teeth. In effect, they can be used to create a designer smile.

Because veneers are considered a cosmetic procedure, they generally are not covered by insurance. In some cases, depending on the insurance company and the policy coverage they may be eligible for a dental discount. The amount and availability of this discount varies widely.  In special circumstances some insurance may pay up to 50% depending on the type of policy. To offset the high cost of veneers, most dentists offer special payment plans.

Getting dental veneers is a multi-step process. The initial visit usually consists of a consultation and depending on the dentist and the amount of work to be done, x-rays and/or impressions of the teeth may be done at this time.  On the first working visit the dentist will remove approximately 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the tooth or teeth to be veneered and make a model to send to the lab that will make the veneer.  This is most often done with a local anesthetic. Normally it takes one to two weeks to construct the veneers.  During the next visit, the veneer is temporarily placed to check for proper color and fit.

The tooth that is to receive the veneer is then cleaned, polished, and etched. The etching roughens the surface of the tooth for better adhesion of the veneer. The veneer is cemented into place and a follow up visit to check placement and adhesion may be required.

Your smile is the first things that people notice about you which is the primary reason people want porcelain veneers.  If we can be of service or you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Alpharetta: Marketing of Products or Procedures

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There are an abundance of dental products out there.

At Scheinfeld, Tourial and Lubell, we take a consultative approach to ensuring each patient’s program aligns with their operating culture and unique risk exposures. This means we don’t push products.  Nor do we try and sell you anything.  Instead, we work closely with you and your needs to develop and deliver the right solution, even if that means doing no dentistry at all.

The dentists who engage in the marketing or sale of products or procedures to their patients must take care not to exploit the inherent trust in the dentist-patient relationship for their own financial gain.  We take this very seriously.  Dentists should not induce their patients to purchase products or undergo procedures by misrepresenting the product’s value, the necessity of the procedure or the dentist’s professional expertise in recommending the product or procedure.

Particularly in the case of health related products, it is not enough for the dentist to rely on the manufacturer’s or distributor’s representations about the product’s safety and efficacy.  Rather, the dentist has an independent obligation to inquire into the truth and accuracy of such claims and verify that they are founded on accepted scientific knowledge or research.  For instance, we have discussed in earlier writings that there is no scientific evidence of cause and effect as it relates to mercury fillings and your health.  So it would be improper and unethical to recommend the removal of amalgams based on a dentist’s professional expertise.

Dentists should disclose to their patients all relevant information the patient needs to make an informed purchase decision.  From the beginning, Scheinfelds, Orland and Tourial built its foundation on basic operating principles – integrity, honesty and quality health care. These are not just words to us, rather truths that can be validated by the patient relationships we have held for over 25 years. To us, it’s simple. We base decisions on what we believe to be in the best interests of our patients and our employees. We understand that each puts a great deal of trust in us, and we do not take that trust lightly.  Our culture is unlike any in the industry.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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