Veneers – Encinitas, CA

Transform Your Smile. Transform Your Confidence!

If you’ve adopted the habit of smiling with your lips closed or covering your mouth when you laugh because you’re unhappy with the size, shape, or shade of your teeth, then don’t wait – schedule a consultation with one of our talented cosmetic dentists. With veneers, they can conceal a wide range of imperfections in as little as two visits. So, you won’t have to wait long to have your dream smile! If you want to learn more about this smile-enhancing solution, read on or give us a call.

Why Choose McElroy Smiles by Design of Encinitas for Veneers?

  • Voted #1 Dental Office In Encinitas
  • Additional Financing Available Through CareCredit
  • Convenient Appointment Times

What Are Dental Veneers?

Illustration of glue holding veneer

Crafted from high-quality dental materials like porcelain, veneers are thin, durable sheaths that are designed to fit perfectly over the front-facing surface of your teeth. In the process, they can conceal everything from minor gaps and misalignment to noticeable chips and permanent discoloration. Plus, the results can be as subtle or dramatic as you’d like – each one is custom-made just for you!

The Process of Getting Veneers

Woman smiling while dentist color-matches veneer

There are five key steps in the treatment process, and the first is your consultation with our dedicated cosmetic dentist. At this appointment, our team will determine if veneers are the best cosmetic dental treatment for you and, if they are, help you select the ideal shape, shade, and size of each one. Then, it will be time to prepare your natural teeth by removing a sliver of enamel and capturing detailed impressions for the dental lab. Before you leave, we’ll provide you with a temporary set of veneers and give you helpful tips on how to care for them. The final step will be bonding your permanent veneers in place (after removing your temporary ones, of course) and making any final adjustments needed. After this appointment, the entire treatment process is complete!

The Benefits of Veneers

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Year after year, veneers continue to be one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments because:

  • Each one is custom-made
  • The materials are stain-resistant
  • You can fix multiple imperfections at once
  • The treatment process can be completed in three visits or less
  • The results can last for 15+ years with proper care

If you are interested in learning more about veneers – whether you want to see if you’re a candidate or you want to learn more about the treatment process – you’re more than welcome to give us a call. That way, we can answer all the questions we can over the phone or schedule a time for you to come in and meet our cosmetic dentists!

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

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Although veneers are designed and fabricated to create the “perfect smile,” it doesn’t mean that this treatment is exactly the same for everyone. In fact, it is personalized to each patient to the point that it’s impossible to have a general estimate. The only way for us to quote the price of veneers is to have us examine your teeth and put together a treatment plan. At that point, we would know your needs and what it would take to make your dream smile a reality, which is why your consultation is so important!

Cost of Veneers vs. Cost of Other Cosmetic Dentistry

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Relatively, veneers tend to be one of the more expensive cosmetic treatments, but it is also one of the most versatile. Consider the following before you choose which procedure you want for your smile.

  • Invisalign: If you have more than just slight misalignment, Invisalign would be a better choice to correct your smile. However, keep in mind that veneers can be completed in just two appointments, making it a smart choice for those needing only minor realignment.
  • Teeth Whitening: Addressing just the color of your teeth, professional whitening usually works for most yellow or dull teeth for a fraction of the price of veneers. However, if your teeth do not respond to whitening, veneers may be right for you and worth the extra investment.
  • Direct Bonding: Looking for a cheaper alternative to veneers? Bonding typically costs less than veneers and can usually be completed in one appointment. Just remember that it isn’t as stain resistant or durable as veneers.
  • Veneers: Although these ceramic coverings are among the more costly procedures, they last the longest, look the most natural, and correct the most flaws in one treatment.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

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For the most part, dental insurance does not apply to cosmetic procedures like veneers. As a result, you will be responsible for paying the entire bill. However, if you are a member of our in-house dental plan, you may enjoy a 10 percent discount on treatment, which could save you significantly!

We also accept payment through CareCredit or Sunbit, financing companies that break down the total into easier monthly payments. We can help you through the application process and make your veneers treatment fit in your budget.

Veneers Frequently Asked Dental Questions

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

When considering the impact of veneers on your daily habits, such as enjoying your morning cup of coffee, it's essential to understand their composition and characteristics. Porcelain veneers, a popular choice for their durability and aesthetic appeal, offer a significant advantage in terms of stain resistance. The nonporous nature of porcelain makes it challenging for particles from dark-colored foods and beverages, like coffee, to permeate the surface of the veneers. As a result, you can continue to indulge in your favorite coffee without undue concern about staining your veneers. However, it's crucial to exercise moderation, as edxcessive consumption of dark-colored beverages can still have a negative impact on the appearance of your veneers over time.

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

One common concern among individuals considering veneers is whether they will experience any speech impediments, such as a lisp, after the procedure. It's not uncommon for some people to encounter difficulty pronouncing certain words immediately following the placement of veneers. This phenomenon can be attributed to the adjustment period required for the tongue and mouth muscles to adapt to the presence of the veneers. The slight alteration in thickness caused by the veneers can affect the movement of the tongue, particularly when articulating sounds like s and v. However, rest assured that such speech issues are typically short-lived. With time, the tongue will naturally acclimate to the veneers, and any initial difficulties with pronunciation will diminish.

Can Veneers Be Used for Bite Corrections?

Veneers are renowned for their ability to enhance the appearance of teeth, but their suitability for correcting bite issues can depend on a few factors. They can be beneficial for mild bite irregularities, such as open bites, by creating the illusion of better alignment through adjustments in tooth shape and size. Additionally, veneers can effectively conceal small gaps between teeth, further enhancing the overall aesthetic harmony of the smile. However, it's essential to note that veneers are not a substitute for comprehensive orthodontic correction in cases of significant bite misalignment. Consulting with a qualified dentist or orthodontist can help determine the most suitable approach for addressing your specific dental needs.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Understanding the lifespan of veneers is crucial for making informed decisions about your dental care. Numerous studies have examined the longevity of veneers, providing valuable insights into their durability over time. For example, a comprehensive study conducted by Layton in 2007, involving 304 veneers, revealed that an impressive 96% of veneers lasted five years, with significant percentages enduring for ten to fifteen years. With proper care and maintenance, including adherence to a diligent oral hygiene routine and avoiding biting down on hard objects, veneers can potentially last upwards of thirty years or more. Regular dental check-ups and communication with your dentist are essential for monitoring the condition of your veneers and addressing any concerns promptly.