Dr. Boulden: So between the two of us sitting here, we've probably done about 20,000 veneers in our career. Wouldn't you agree?
Dr. Creasman: Probably.
Dr. Boulden: So I want to have a little discussion. Let's do a veneers 101, just some of the general questions that people ask in a very concise manner. Maybe starting off with exactly what they are.
Dr. Creasman: Sure, sure. Often it's like people don't even really understand what a porcelain veneer is. Well, a porcelain veneer is a thin facing of porcelain that is applied to the front of the teeth that allow us to change the things about our smile that we don't like--whether it's the color, the shape, the size, maybe you have a gap, or maybe they're crowded. But it allows us to change the appearance of the tooth.
Dr. Boulden: Almost like a contact lens you can put on the front and change the color, the shape, the contours, that kind of thing. Another question I get a lot from people is, well, how much do they cost? And sometimes people get sticker shock quite honestly when they see the cost of a veneer. The cost of a good veneer in our practice is around $1500, and that's when people say, "Whoa, each tooth?"
But what they don't realize is that you get what you pay for. Yes, there's people around that are offering $800 veneers, but I can't tell you how many times I've taken off an $800 veneer. You can probably say the same.
Dr. Creasman: Exactly.
Dr. Boulden: So our veneers are done by a master ceramist, done by a master dentist who have done this all day every day. And so just like anything else in life, you really do get what you pay for. The time length for the whole process, I get that question a lot.
Dr. Creasman: Right, every day.
Dr. Boulden: And that can vary, but it's roughly three appointments. Would you agree? One's a consultation, sometimes a wax up.
Dr. Creasman: Right. Generally start to finish, it takes about four weeks to do a case. And that is from the time we sit down and we start talking to the time you walk out with a beautiful new smile.
Dr. Boulden: Agree.