Dental patients looking for ways to change their smiles don't often consider veneers, particularly if they have gaps in their teeth. They might be looking for something else along the lines of cosmetic dentistry, such as implants or intense whitening. However, veneers work for both dramatic and subtle changes in your appearance.

Dr. Tyler McCabe, D.M.D., a cosmetic dentist in Ocean Springs, has been offering patients the chance to change the appearance of their teeth for years. Many smiling patients later prove that veneers and other cosmetic options work.

The Ultimate Cover-up

Veneers are considered the ultimate cover-up and fake-out but in the nicest way possible. They are thin shells of dental resin, porcelain, or resin-porcelain mix that adhere to the fronts of your teeth while leaving your natural teeth untouched and hidden behind. Unless your mouth is opened really wide and someone gets really close to you, nobody can tell that you are wearing veneers over your natural teeth.

It should be noted that Ocean Springs veneers do not encase your teeth. Encasement of a tooth is reserved for crowns, which are an entirely different dental procedure. Think of it as the press-on fingernails some ladies wear, only instead of adhering fake nails to fingers, you are adhering fake teeth fronts to teeth.

Veneers are not permanent, either. They can break, chip, and change color. Most patients who choose to get veneers accept that they will probably have to replace them multiple times over the course of their lives. However, veneers really can and do make your smile look amazing.

Do Veneers Hurt?

You may have heard that your teeth have to have small grooves or sanding done to them to prep for veneers. While this is true to an extent, you should know that the cosmetic dentist in Ocean Springs doesn't go any deeper than the surface of each tooth and that the nerves or pulp of each tooth is never disturbed. You don't even need to be sedated or receive injections of Novocain to have a dentist put veneers on your teeth. It's quite painless and usually very quick.

Dispelling the Myth of Never Needing to Brush Again

Some patients have assumed that after getting veneers they never need to brush their teeth again. That simply is not true. The veneers hide the appearance of your real teeth behind the veneers. You still have living teeth and gums that need to be brushed and flossed at least daily.

The veneers simply make it look like you have perfect teeth that don't need brushing or flossing. It is necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and brushing has the added benefit of removing food and drink stains from the veneers. If you want to keep that white and practically perfect smile, keep brushing.

The Cost of Ocean Springs Veneers

There is a wide price variation on veneers due to the material used and the tooth a veneer is expected to cover. Resin is the cheapest, around $800 per tooth, while the most durable material, ultrathin porcelain laminate, costs about $1,800 per tooth. Resin veneers need replacing more often than porcelain laminate, and the cost is completely out-of-pocket for patients.

Contact Dr. McCabe for an appointment to start the veneer process today!