The Causes of Damaged or Cracked Dental Crowns

The Causes of Damaged or Cracked CrownsDental crowns are an excellent option to consider if you have teeth that are seriously damaged or decayed. With a dental crown in place, patients are able to bite, chew, and smile as they used to. The team at our cosmetic dentistry center can improve the health and beauty of your smile using custom dental crowns while also focusing on overall health and wellness.

While dental crowns are very durable, they can still be cracked or chipped. We’d like to take a moment right now to consider some of the common causes of damage to dental crowns and what patients can do to prevent this from happening.

Common Causes of Damage to Dental Crowns

Some of the most common causes of chips or damage to dental crowns include the following:

  • Injury to the mouth – Any kind of blow or trauma to the mouth (e.g., auto accident, sports injury, assault) can potentially chip dental crowns or damage your actual teeth
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism) – Tooth grinding puts major strain on the teeth and the jaw joint, and it can also result in serious damage to dental crowns
  • Chewing/biting hard objects – Like your regular teeth, chewing on objects that aren’t meant to be chewed can lead to serious damage to the dental crowns
  • Poor bite alignment/malocclusion – When a bite is improperly aligned, the teeth to do not make properly contact with one another and increase the chances of serious damage
  • Tooth decay – The tooth decay will not affect the crowns themselves, but they will affect the underlying tooth structure, and the crown will need to be removed in order to address the decay

Why Cracked and Damaged Dental Crowns Are an Issue

Cracked or damaged dental crowns do not fit like they’re supposed to, meaning that there is increased chance of pain, soreness, tooth sensitivity, and other issues that arise from a damaged crown. In addition, the damaged crown can potentially do damage to the remaining teeth, which leads to more dental problems in general.

Preventing Damage to Dental Crowns and Prolonging Their Life

The best way to prevent damage to dental crowns is to do the following:

  • Brush and floss regularly to prevent decay
  • Do not chew on objects that are not meant to be chewed
  • Wear mouth protection when playing sports
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups

Repairing Damaged Dental Crowns

When it comes to repairing dental crowns that have been damaged, the best option tends to be the full replacement of the dental crown. This improves overall health and wellness of a bite. This may be a more involved process if the patient has other dental health needs to be address, such as tooth grinding or malocclusion. In such cases, a full mouth reconstruction may be considered. A full mouth reconstruction will combine multiple treatments to improve your dental health, thus allowing patients to experience optimal dental wellness.

Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

If you would like to learn more about the damage that can be done to dental crowns and how we can repair these problems, be sure to contact our Orange cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent dental health.

Dental Bridge Candidates

Orange County Dental BridgesDental bridges are the tried-and-true treatment for missing teeth. They are effective and secure while also being less expensive than implants.

If you have gaps left behind by missing teeth, you probably already know it’s important to fill in the gaps to stabilize your remaining teeth. Left untreated, gaps allow nearby teeth to rotate out of alignment or shift into the open space, disrupting your natural bite and causing added stress to your remaining teeth. Missing teeth can also lead to bone loss in the jaw as well.

Orange County cosmetic dentist Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen has extensive experience with dental bridges and can determine if you would make a good candidate for a bridge. With advanced postgraduate training in cosmetic dentistry and full mouth reconstruction at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers numerous treatment options to solve the problems associated with missing teeth.

A dental bridge uses replacement teeth to span the gap caused by missing teeth. The bridge is held in place by crowns that attach to healthy anchor teeth on either side of the gap. To make room for the crowns, the anchor teeth are reduced and shaped to accommodate them. When completed, the dental bridge visually blends in with your natural teeth and restores your ability to chew foods comfortably.  

Dental implants are another popular option for missing teeth, and can be used to secure dental bridges. Implants require extensive surgery and months of recovery. In contrast, crown-supported dental bridges usually can be fitted in a couple visits. Crown-supported dental bridges are a good option for patients who are not good candidates for implants, and are also less expensive than implant-supported bridges.

Dental Bridge Candidate

A good candidate for dental bridges has:

  • One or More Missing Teeth. If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can solve your problem. However, if you have several missing teeth, dentures may be a better solution. Your dentist can advise you on the best option in your case.
  • Healthy Anchor Teeth. You will need strong, healthy teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth, called the anchor teeth, will support the bridge.
  • Good Oral Care Habits. Daily brushing and flossing is important to prolong the life of your bridge. Poor oral care can lead to decay in the anchor teeth and damage the entire bridge.

Dental Bridge Lifespan

With proper oral care, dental bridges and the crowns supporting them can last from 5 to 20 years.  Daily brushing and flossing are key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and prolonging the life of your bridge. 

You should also avoid chewing on hard objects, like ice, which could damage your crowns or the bridge. If you suffer from bruxism, the grinding and clenching of teeth, you should discuss with your dentist how this could affect a dental bridge.

More Information

A personal consultation is the best way to determine the ideal treatment for your missing teeth. Please call today for an appointment.

In-office vs. At-home Teeth Whitening

Orange County Teeth WhiteningDull, gray, yellow, or stained teeth are conditions that can affect anyone. Most people believe that adequate brushing and flossing can brighten the teeth. Unfortunately, foods, beverages, aging, and other habits cause stains and discoloration that cannot be brushed away. To adequately brighten and whiten the teeth, teeth whitening treatment is necessary. Many patients are eager to try at-home teeth whitening kits, which seem to be cheaper and more convenient than in-office alternatives. However, most patients will not achieve the results they desire from these over-the-counter solutions. At her cosmetic dentistry practice, Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers her Orange County patients professional teeth whitening that produces fast and drastic results.

In-office Teeth Whitening

For patients who wish to drastically improve the color of the teeth and overall appearance of the smile, professional teeth whitening is the best option. Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers in-office teeth whitening that can brighten the teeth by up to ten shades in as little as one hour. This treatment produces results that cannot be achieved even after months of treatment with over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments. In addition, patients who opt for in-office teeth whitening treatments benefit from the expert application and supervision of Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen. Because each step of treatment is performed by a dental professional using professional products, patients will experience the following:

  • Fast and drastic results
  • Safe treatment with no alteration to the structure of the teeth
  • No damage to the soft tissues of the mouth
  • Long-lasting results
  • Low sensitivity

At-home Teeth Whitening

At-home teeth whitening products offer patients the convenience of being able to treat the teeth on their own time and in the comfort of their own home. However, that is the only advantage of over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Because the strength of the bleaching agents is lower in over-the-counter products, it can take several weeks of treatment to brighten the teeth by just one or two shades. Additionally, at-home whitening products carry a higher risk of damaging the teeth or soft gums because treatment is not supervised by a professional and the strips and trays fit poorly over the teeth. Most patients find that they do not get the whitening results they desire with over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

For those patients who prefer at-home treatment, there is a better option. Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers professional at-home whitening kits. These kits come with whitening trays that are custom-fitted to the patient’s teeth in order to decrease the risks of soft tissue damage. The whitening solution provided by Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen is also stronger than those found in typical over-the-counter products. While the results will not be as fast as those of our in-office treatments, patients can brighten the teeth by several shades in a matter of just a few days. This offers patients the convenience of at-home treatments along with the benefits of professional products and expert supervision.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are dissatisfied with the color of your teeth, the fastest and most effective treatment is professional teeth whitening. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen at your earliest convenience to learn more about our in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments. We can help you achieve the bright, white teeth you desire.

Porcelain Crown Candidates

Orange County Porcelain Crown CandidatesMany people consider the smile to be one of the most important physical features. When teeth become damaged as a result of injury or decay, it cannot only affect a patient’s oral health but can also have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the smile. When teeth have been weakened, the structure of the tooth has been compromised, or significant cosmetic flaws are present, cosmetic dentist Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen may recommend to her Orange County patients porcelain crowns treatment. For those who are candidates, porcelain crowns can replace damaged or weakened tooth enamel in order to restore oral functions while enhancing the aesthetics of the smile.

Candidates

Porcelain crowns are a versatile dental treatment. Porcelain crowns restore a damaged tooth by replacing tooth enamel that has been damaged or destroyed by surrounding the tooth with strong, natural-looking porcelain material that also serves to protect the tooth from further damage. Because of the restorative power and aesthetic enhancement of porcelain crowns, just about any patient with a tooth that has been significantly compromised in strength, structure, or appearance can benefit from the application of a porcelain crown. Candidates for porcelain crowns include those with the following imperfections:

  • Moderate to advanced stages of tooth decay that cannot be adequately treated with a dental filling
  • A tooth that has been weakened by decay or tooth erosion and is vulnerable to injury or decay
  • Chips, cracks, or fractures as the result of a traumatic injury or blow to the face
  • A “dead” tooth as the result of injury
  • Significant cosmetic blemishes such as chips, stains, or discoloration
  • A tooth with a filling that has fallen out or become damaged
  • Tooth pain or severe tooth sensitivity
  • Decreased oral function due to tooth damage, such as difficulty drinking, eating, or speaking

In all of these situations, a porcelain crown can be applied to enhance the strength, function, and aesthetics of the tooth while preventing further development of the damage. The porcelain material that is used to fabricate these crowns offers superior strength, blends in seamlessly with the color of the natural teeth, and is free of mercury and metals, which is especially ideal for those patients with allergies.

Additional Treatments

For some patients, there are multiple oral health problems that require treatment. While porcelain crowns are ideal for strengthening just a few damaged teeth, those with additional issues will benefit from a wider range of services. We offer these patients full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction is a treatment process that is customized to best meet the oral needs of each of our patients. Treatments that are included in full mouth reconstruction are aimed at enhancing the health and beauty of the smile and may include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other dental restorations.

Schedule an Appointment

Porcelain crowns are just one of the treatments that are available to strengthen and enhance the teeth. If you are looking to improve your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen to learn how we can help. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Why Smoking Harms Dental Implants

Orange County Dental Implant Failure, SmokingWhen you have lost teeth, dental implants offer confidence and reliability that is not attainable with other restoration methods, such as dentures. Implants look like natural teeth and stay put, just like real teeth.

But to make the “magic” happen, there is some serious work to be done. Implants are an invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment. During the surgery, a structure that will hold the new prosthetic tooth is embedded in the jaw bone. After the implant and bone have fused, which can take two to six months, extensions and false teeth are attached. This can be done at our Orange County offices.

The ideal candidate for dental implants has good oral health and good overall health, which means smokers have some obstacles to overcome. Because smoking inhibits recovery after surgery, smokers have a higher risk of implant failure. A key step smokers can take is to stop smoking, ideally permanently. If you can’t stop entirely, you should at least stop for a period before and after surgery to improve your chances of a successful implant.

How Smoking Affects Implants

Smokers have a higher post-operative infection rate and tend to heal more slowly, which can cause additional difficulties. Specific issues caused by smoking include:

  • Periodontal Disease - Smoking puts you at greater risk for gum disease, which is the number one cause for tooth loss and dental implant failure. Smokers are not only more likely to suffer from gum disease than nonsmokers, but they are also likely to have more severe gum disease.
  • Peri-implantitis - Smokers are more likely to develop peri-implantitis, which occurs when mucosal pockets form around the dental implant and prevent the implant from bonding with the bone. This can lead to implant failure if not treated. Though non-smokers can suffer from the disease also, smokers tend to be more susceptible and have more severe cases.
  • Infection  - Smoking can increase the risk of infection around an implant and make it more difficult for the body to fight the infection.
  • Complications with Medication - Smoking may interfere with medications, like antibiotics. This increases the risk of infection and implant filature.
  • Slow Recovery - By reducing oxygen to the blood, smoking inhibits the body’s ability to heal. This can make it hard for the jaw bone to fuse around the implant and increase the likelihood of implant failure. Nicotine reduces blood flow in the mouth, which slows healing.

As the above complications show, smoking presents obstacles. Studies show a smoker’s risk of implant failure is two to 10 times greater than a non-smoker.

What You Can Do

You can take the first step to a successful implant now by quitting smoking. The effects of smoking begin to reverse after quitting, improving your chances for a successful implant. If you cannot stop smoking entirely, then you should at least stop smoking for a period before the surgery and throughout the recovery phase.

To find out if you qualify for implants, please call us. We can sit down and discuss your concerns, mapping out any extra steps we can take to improve your chances of success. 

Candidates For Porcelain Veneers

Orange County Porcelain Veneer CandidatesEven if your teeth are perfectly healthy, a chipped or discolored tooth can really put a damper on your smile. At our Orange County cosmetic dentistry practice, we’re committed to helping you achieve the beautiful smile that you deserve. For the multitude of aesthetic flaws that our patients hope to fix, porcelain veneers are often the most effective solution. To see if this treatment may be right for you, consider the following qualifications of a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

Why Get Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are able to hide variety of cosmetic problems that cannot be otherwise fixed or addressed. Because they provide an entirely new appearance to the front surface of your teeth, they can mask anything from a misshapen tooth to deep stains. Common candidates for porcelain veneers include patients seeking to correct the following problems:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Stains
  • Worn or eroded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crookedness

Some patients are also looking to replace a previous veneer or set of veneers. Whether your veneers have been damaged, worn, or you are simply unhappy with the way they look, we will gladly offer a replacement procedure. 

Requirements for Porcelain Veneers

In general, patients with healthy but cosmetically flawed teeth are good candidates for porcelain veneers. It is important to remember that veneers are only meant as a visual improvement, and therefore cannot restore the health or strength of a tooth. Additional characteristics of a porcelain veneer candidate include:

  • Good overall health: Even though the installation of porcelain veneers is minimally invasive, a patient should be in good health before any dental procedure. Any prevailing infections, especially within the mouth, should be treated beforehand.
  • No cavities or gum disease: Tooth decay and gum disease must be dealt with prior to placement of a porcelain veneer. If any decay develops afterward, the veneer will likely need to be removed for treatment.
  • Fully developed teeth: Veneers are created to complement your teeth’s current size, shape, and alignment. Younger patients must wait to have fully developed, matured teeth in order for porcelain veneers to retain their effectiveness.  
  • Reasonable expectations: For many patients, veneers are an exceptionally realistic cosmetic treatment. However, bear in mind that everyone should expect slightly different results, and no procedure can guarantee perfection. Consult your dentist on what you can expect from porcelain veneers.

Negative Factors

As noted above, any infection or decay can negatively influence one’s candidacy for porcelain veneers. Additional factors that can diminish veneers’ effectiveness are as follows:

  • Severe discoloration: While veneers are a great solution for most discolored teeth, a very dark, widespread discoloration may not be fully concealed. Since porcelain is partially translucent, such color may be visible through it.
  • Silver fillings: Dark fillings could be made partially visible from the erosion of enamel necessary for porcelain veneers. In this case, their color may affect the visual results of your veneer. Silver fillings may be replaced with a tooth-colored composite to improve aesthetic results.
  • Teeth grinding: Patients who grind their teeth, a condition called bruxism, may negatively affect the lifespan of their porcelain veneers.
  • Severe misalignment: Mild crookedness can easily be corrected with veneers; some patients opt for a set of veneers to instantly straighten their smile. However, porcelain veneers should not be used in circumstances where misalignment is severe; in these cases, traditional orthodontics may be a better option. 

Come In for a Consultation

Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen is an award winning dentist with a wealth of experience in both cosmetic and restorative dentistry. If you would like to explore your options for improving your smile, allow Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen and her staff to help you make the best decision possible. Schedule a consultation with us today!

Cosmetic Dentistry and Smile Design

Orange County Smile DesignDo you find that you hide your smile because you have imperfect teeth? Are you self-conscious when you look in the mirror due to the appearance of your teeth and gums? Over the course of time, you may notice cosmetic issues with your teeth that can range from stains, chips, cracks, and more. Fortunately, Orange County patients can undergo cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve the appearance of the smile. Many patients describe a feeling of renewed confidence after reinventing their smiles with a smile design procedure.

Appeal of Smile Design

If you are unhappy or embarrassed by your teeth, you may smile with your mouth closed or cover your mouth with your hand when you smile or laugh. When you have an attractive smile, it will increase your confidence and overall quality of life. When it comes to designing your perfect smile, there are both artistic and scientific principles that guide cosmetic dentists during the treatment process. This is why it is essential that you find a cosmetic dentist who is trained in creating custom smiles for each patient.

Who Is a Candidate for Smile Design?

Patients who are interested in improving the appearance of the teeth and gums should consider the following:

  • Do you have crooked teeth?
  • Are there any gaps in your teeth?
  • Do you have any missing teeth?
  • What do you like about your smile?
  • What don’t you like about your smile?

This list will help you discover exactly what you want to achieve with your smile makeover. It is a good idea to write down all of your wants and needs for your smile in order to convey them to your cosmetic dentist. After a thorough examination of your mouth, and discussing your personal goals, a dentist can develop a customized treatment plan to create your ideal smile.

Smile Design Procedures

There are a number of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments that can be performed to enhance the appearance of your smile.

  • Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers are custom-created shells that are placed over the surface of the tooth to fix issues such as chips, gaps, or discoloration.
  • Bonding: Bonding will fix issues such as broken, chipped, or decayed teeth.
  • Enamel Shaping: This is a procedure that will remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth in order to give it the shape and size that is desired; this treatment is often performed prior to the application of porcelain veneers or composite resin.
  • Implants: Dental implants can be placed to replace the root of missing teeth, providing a permanent, unmovable anchor for restorations.

Learn More about Smile Design

When it comes to achieving your perfect smile, it is important to choose a cosmetic dentist who is skilled in smile design techniques. The methods that are used are customized to your unique situation, which means that you will receive superior results. To learn more about your smile design options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen.

The Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Porcelain Veneers

Orange County Porcelain Veneers AftercareYou’ve achieved the picture-perfect smile that you’ve always wanted. Whether you had porcelain veneers placed for instant orthodontics or to correct chips and stains, your radiant new smile has taken years off your age and given you a new zest for life. We wanted to take a moment to remind you about the proper aftercare of porcelain veneers.

Although modern dental porcelain is durable, some basic care is needed to ensure you get the longest lifespan out of your veneers. Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers the following tips that can help protect your new flawless smile and keep your veneers looking their best.

The Dos of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are generally low maintenance and can last up to 15 years. To get the longest lifespan out of your veneers, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Do practice good dental hygiene. Veneers don’t decay, but the natural teeth upon which the veneers are placed are still at risk. Also, gum disease can cause the gums to recede away from the top edge of the veneers. Regular brushing and flossing prevent decay and gum disease.
  • Do use a soft toothbrush and gentle toothpaste. Hard-bristle toothbrushes can damage the polish on veneers, making them dull. To keep their luminous shine, be sure to also use toothpaste that doesn’t contain harsh abrasives.
  • Do visit your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups. You should see your dentist every six months. At these regular visits, your teeth will be checked for any signs of decay and your veneers will be checked for any damage. Seeing your dentist regularly means any minor flaws can be caught early and repaired.
  • Do wear a mouthguard during sports. Now that you’ve finally obtained your ideal smile, don’t you want to protect that investment? A mouthguard is considered an essential piece of sports gear. Your dentist can provide a custom-made mouthguard for the best protection and comfort.

The Don’ts of Porcelain Veneers

Although porcelain veneers are durable, they aren’t as strong as your natural teeth. The following bad habits should be avoided in order to extend the lifespan of your veneers.

  • Don’t grind or clench your teeth. Even without veneers, this bad habit can lead to significant tooth damage and even tooth loss. If you grind or clench your teeth, or if you frequently suffer from jaw pain, ask Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen if you might need a nightguard.
  • Don’t bite your nails or chew on hard objects. Modern dental porcelain is strong, but it’s still prone to chips and cracks, just like your natural teeth. To keep your veneers looking their best, avoid chewing on your nails, ice, pens, hard candy, etc.
  • Don’t consume large amounts of stain-causing foods and drinks. Although veneers are made from stain-resistant material, it’s generally recommended that you avoid coffee, tea, and red wine. These substances are known to darken or yellow the edges of veneers. If you simply can’t give up your iced coffee, try using a straw, which will minimize the fluid’s contact with your teeth.
  • Don’t smoke. You’ve heard the warnings from your physician – smoking is incredibly bad for your health. Smoking also discolors your veneers.

Contact Us

These basic steps will help ensure your porcelain veneers stay beautiful and healthy for years to come. If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen will be happy to go over all benefits with you. We invite you to contact our Orange County dental center today. Our entire cosmetic dentistry team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health and wellness.

Am I a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Orange County Cosmetic Dentistry CandidatesIf you are unhappy with your smile, whether it’s due to discolored teeth, missing teeth, or other dental imperfection, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. There are countless cosmetic dentistry treatments available to correct the smallest issue (like yellowed teeth) to more severe conditions (like missing or broken teeth). Because of the wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments out there, most people will be proper candidates for one or more treatments. To discuss your specific treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen. Meanwhile, read this blog post to learn more about cosmetic dentistry, as well as popular treatments available.

Who Are Candidates for Cosmetic Dentistry?

In general, candidates for cosmetic dentistry include those who are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Prime candidates should have healthy gums and teeth to help ensure the success of treatments, however, treatments can be done to restore the health of the gums and teeth to prepare them for cosmetic procedures. The following list includes some of the many conditions shared by cosmetic dentistry candidates, along with common cosmetic dentistry treatments available to correct these issues. If you suffer from any of the following dental issues, you may be a candidate for cosmetic dentistry.

Discolored Teeth

Tooth discoloration is one of the most common issues facing Americans today. Yellowed or otherwise stained teeth can be corrected with such cosmetic dentistry treatments as in-office teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, or dental bonding.

Broken or Damaged Teeth

Broken, chipped, fractured, or otherwise damaged teeth can be embarrassing and lead to more severe dental problems like decay and tooth loss. If you suffer from broken or damaged teeth, cosmetic dentistry treatments may be right for you. The type of treatment used depends on the extent of damage, as well as the desired results. Porcelain crowns can be used to restore extensively damaged teeth to their former strength and beauty. Porcelain veneers and dental bonding are beneficial in correcting the appearance of front teeth with mild damage.

Gummy Smile

Some candidates for cosmetic dentistry suffer from excessive gum tissue, often called a “gummy” smile, which can make the teeth look small and ill-proportioned. Laser gum contouring is a wonderful treatment that can be used to improve the appearance of gummy smiles by gently removing extra gum tissue to reveal a more even gum line.

Metal Fillings

Metal fillings can be a source of embarrassment and insecurity. If you suffer from a mouth full of metal fillings and wish you could have a perfectly white smile again, cosmetic dentistry may be right for you. Tooth-colored fillings are one of the cosmetic dentistry treatments available to replace old metal fillings with perfectly shaded tooth-colored materials.

Irregularly Shaped or Flawed Teeth

Candidates for cosmetic dentistry also include those who are unhappy with the shape or general appearance of their teeth. Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are applied to the front of the teeth to improve the shape, shade, size, and overall appearance of the teeth while also hiding flaws.

There are many more dental issues that may make you a candidate for cosmetic dentistry. For more information and to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen today!

The Cost of Porcelain Veneers and Other Pricing Concerns

The Cost of Porcelain Veneers and Other Pricing ConcernsHaving a great smile is a sure way to making a last impression that matters. That means straight teeth, white teeth, and teeth that are free from chips and cracks. Not everyone can be born with this sort of exceptional smile, which is why there are a wide array of cosmetic dentistry treatments available. One of the most popular and versatile treatment options is porcelain veneers. These thin shells of dental ceramic are able to address:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Tooth gaps

Since porcelain veneers are so effective and versatile, they are not inexpensive. Let’s take a brief moment right now to look at some of the cost and pricing concerns related to porcelain veneers.

The Average Cost of Porcelain Veneers

The average cost of porcelain veneers can vary a great deal from patient to patient and from practice to practice for a variety of reasons. For that reason, we do not feel that offering an average price or even a general price range would communicate the whole story of porcelain veneers treatment. During your consultation, we will be more than happy to provide a personal price quote for your situation.

Factors Determining the Cost of Porcelain Veneers

Some of the factors that affect the cost of porcelain veneers treatment include the following:

  • The geographic location of the dental practice
  • The training and credentials of the dentists
  • The complexity of the patient’s case
  • The number of porcelain veneers required
  • The use of multiple treatments (smile makeover)
  • Special promotions and discounts unique to a dental practice

Dental Insurance and Porcelain Veneers

In the vast majority of cases, porcelain veneers are not covered by dental insurance since they are considered a cosmetic/elective procedure. You can discuss other methods of payment with your cosmetic dentist during the consultation process.

The vast majority of dental care practices are pleased to offer monthly payment plans for dental care. These help many patients pay for care that they may not otherwise be able to afford.

Payment Plans and Dental Financing for Porcelain Veneers

It helps to think of dental financing plans like a traditional loan or a credit card. A trusted third party will pay for the total cost of porcelain veneers treatment. The patient is then responsible for paying back the lender on a monthly basis. A reasonable interest rate will apply.

Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers

If a patient is not a good candidate for porcelain veneers or feels that the cost of treatment is not ideal for them, there are numerous treatment options that may better fit their needs. Some of these alternatives include teeth whitening treatment, dental bonding, or orthodontic care.

When you stop by the practice for a consultation, we will be more than happy to go over these options with you in more detail. We want you to make a confident and well-informed decision about your dental wellness.

Making the Right Decision for Your Needs

If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers and your many other options for advanced dental care treatment, be sure to contact our Orange County cosmetic dentistry center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health and wellness.