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Veneers – Washington, PA

Comprehensively Transform Your Smile

Older woman with flawless porcelain veneers smiling

Are your teeth cracked, chipped, or stained? You don’t need to allow these imperfections to take away from the appearance of your smile. At Bartusiak Dental Care of Washington, Dr. Barry Bartusiak uses high-quality porcelain to custom-make restorations to complement each patient’s unique smile. If you’d like to explore the benefits of veneers from our Washington, PA cosmetic dentist in greater detail, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an initial consultation. Our experienced dental team is here to help to comprehensively transform your smile!

Why Choose Bartusiak Dental Care of Washington for Veneers?

  • Customized Dental Ceramics for Lifelike Appearance
  • Dentist a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry
  • Over Two Decades of Cosmetic Expertise

What are Dental Veneers?

Dentist holding veneers in Washington with tweezers

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the front-facing surfaces of the teeth to cover up aesthetic imperfections. The durable, natural-looking porcelain that’s used can effectively conceal a single damaged tooth or a mouthful of aesthetic flaws, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth or teeth that appear too small/too large
  • Noticeable spaces between teeth
  • Damaged/worn/chipped teeth
  • Stained/discolored teeth

The Process of Getting Veneers

Woman getting veneers in Washington placed

In most cases, the design and creation of a brand-new veneer will require at least two appointments here in Washington, PA. First, the natural teeth will be lightly buffed and shaped to accommodate the veneer’s eventual placement. We’ll also capture a detailed impression of the tooth or teeth and decide on the ideal enamel shade for the new restoration. All of this important information is forwarded to a trusted dental laboratory; in the meantime, we will place a temporary veneer so that patients can get used to the look and feel for the next couple of weeks.

When you arrive for your second visit, the teeth will be cleansed before the new, permanent veneer is securely bonded into place. Our dentists will take the time to make any final adjustments and tweaks so that you’re fully satisfied with the finished result! We will also provide detailed care instructions regarding how to properly brush and floss your new smile addition.

The Benefits of Veneers

Businesswoman smiling with veneers in Washington

Veneers have become very popular throughout the years thanks to their numerous benefits. Here are just some of the most prominent ones you can experience:

  • Natural Appearance: The porcelain used to make veneers appears just like natural tooth enamel does.
  • Quick Process: Veneers can be placed in as little as two visits.
  • Permanent Whitening: Since veneers are more resistant to staining than natural tooth enamel, you don’t need to worry about discoloration from pigmented foods or beverages.
  • Long-Lasting: When cared for properly, veneers can last upwards of 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

Woman putting coin in piggy bank for veneers in Washington

Veneers are an excellent cosmetic option if you are looking for a dramatic smile makeover, but they aren’t right for everyone. Before you are able to determine whether or not they are the best cosmetic solution for you, it’s crucial that you understand their cost. Continue reading so you can make an informed decision about the future of your smile.

Cost VS Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s Right for Me?

Piggy banks on balance scale

For lots of patients, veneers seem like the perfect choice, but it doesn’t hurt to check out other options as well. They all have different price points and help patients to achieve a variety of different goals. Here are some of the most popular cosmetic options:

  • Invisalign – If misalignment is the issue that you’re dealing with, Invisalign can likely help. This type of treatment costs several thousands of dollars, but it is highly effective when it comes to straightening teeth.
  • Teeth Whitening –Professional teeth whitening is a quick solution for surface discoloration, and it’s much more affordable than many other cosmetic issues. Just keep in mind that teeth whitening doesn’t address any cosmetic flaws other than discoloration. Results last anywhere from a couple months to several years depending on how well you maintain them.
  • Direct Bonding – This is a minimally invasive procedure that can be completed in just a single appointment. It’s one of the most affordable cosmetic options out there and is great for correcting minor imperfections, like chips and small stains. Bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years or even longer.
  • Veneers – Veneers aren’t the cheapest cosmetic service out there, but they are the easiest way to change multiple aspects of your smile at once. This includes the shape, color, and minor misalignment. The whole process can be completed in as little as two appointments.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

Man calculating cost of veneers in Washington

Veneers aren’t generally covered by dental insurance because they are considered an elective treatment, but this doesn’t always mean that you’re left completely on your own. With payment plans through CareCredit, you can split the cost of treatment into manageable monthly installments to fit your budget. We also have an in-house dental plan that can help to make preventive care and other treatments more affordable. Talk to our friendly team members to determine what financial option is best for you.

To find out exactly how much you can expect to pay for your veneers, schedule a consultation with us. We are eager to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Veneer FAQS

patient smiling after getting veneers in Washington

Are you tired of hiding your teeth every time you speak, smile, or laugh? You might be thinking about getting veneers in Washington. They’re an excellent way to transform your grin into one you can confidently show off! Before committing to the process, you may have a few questions and concerns about it. At Bartusiak Dental Care of Washington, we want to be as helpful as possible throughout your transformation, which is why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions we receive from patients. If you don’t see your specific question below, feel free to give us a call!

Are Veneers Permanent?

Because veneers have to be replaced eventually, they’re not considered a permanent cosmetic solution. However, the process of getting them is considered to be irreversible. During your first appointment, Dr. Bartusiak will remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure the veneers fit properly on the teeth. Once the enamel is removed, it’ll never grow back. For that reason, the prepared teeth will always need to be covered with either crowns or veneers.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

After your teeth are prepared, you’ll wear temporary veneers while your permanent ones are being made. During this time, you’ll need to avoid hard foods (i.e., fruits, vegetables, ice), sticky foods (i.e., gum, toffee, caramel), and dark-colored foods (i.e., red wine, soda, tea). These items can ruin your smile, causing your restorations to break or become stained. Once your permanent veneers are in place, you’ll want to continue exercising caution around these foods. Also, make sure you drink alcohol sparingly as it can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers in place.

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

When you first get veneers in Washington, you may have difficulty speaking or making certain words. That happens because the tongue is not used to speaking with the veneers in place. Even though each shell is extremely thin, the tiny difference in thickness affects the way the tongue moves. Fortunately, any lisp you develop is temporary and should go away as soon as you get used to your new smile. You can speed up the adjustment process by reading aloud, repeating difficult-to-pronounce words, and having more conversations with loved ones.

Can Veneers Be Used for Bite Corrections?

Since veneers cannot change the actual position of your teeth and jaw, they’re not an effective solution for severe bite problems. Many dentists will only recommend veneers for bite issues that affect your appearance but do not cause significant oral health issues. For instance, they can address mild open bite by making the teeth look longer and wider so that they appear to line up correctly. Veneers can also be used to hide small gaps between the teeth.