I’ve had three veneers on my front teeth for about 8 years and then they suddenly fell off one by one very fast. I even saved two of them, but, as I can guess, new ones will be needed. I do not think any artistry is required for this, just to restore what was there before. Besides,i’m in retirement at this point and have very limited resources.
So, my question: If a good professional can be found who can do this job within $2400 that i have at my disposal at this time. It actually took 4 years for me to save this amount, $50 each month. I’ll very appreciate your response,whatever it is. Thanks so much.
– Joe from New York
It looks like you’re a man who is very careful with his budget. I admire that.
A couple of points that will help you. First, I wouldn’t say, “there is no artistry required – just to restore what was there before.” Porcelain veneers are used to improve the appearance of the teeth. And getting front teeth to look good, even if it’s only a matter of replicating what was there, it’s art. A painter who paints landscapes is only reproducing what is in front of her eyes, and that’s still art. Bargains can be very expensive here. “No art” would be to leave your front teeth the way they are now.
So here’s what I’d do. Find an excellent cosmetic dentist. And discuss your situation over the phone to find out if they’ll work with you on this. You actually CAN have the old porcelain veneers re-bonded, IF you go to an expert cosmetic dentist who truly understands the procedures here. That would be the best way to save money – not to go to a bargain-basement dentist. While you can get bargains with basic drill-and-fill dentistry, you will get really stung if you try to get that with cosmetic dentistry – it’s a different marketplace for that. I think you could get done what you need to for the amount of money you’ve saved.
You can also save some money if you are willing to travel outside the New York City area, say, to the lower Hudson Valley or New Jersey. Fees vary quite a bit geographically, and New York City is one of the highest fee areas in the country.