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Dental Care

Veneers

Tooth veneers are very thin pieces of specially shaped porcelain or plastic placed and glued over the front of your teeth. They can do wonders for your appearance — in fact, just about everyone in Hollywood or the entertainment business probably has them. Veneers can solve problems such as oddly shaped, discolored, chipped or crooked teeth. Or they may be used to improve appearance and create a pleasing smile. Veneers can be an excellent alternative to crowns. They need little or no anesthesia to apply, and, unlike crowns, veneers usually don’t require removing much of the tooth itself. Veneers last from five to 15 years and brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color. There are two types of veneers: composite and porcelain. Composite (direct) veneers are usually performed in a single visit to your cosmetic dentist. The veneer is color matched to the other teeth and then bonded directly to the tooth’s surface. Composite veneers last about five to seven years. Porcelain (indirect) veneers are manufactured in a laboratory from a very thin porcelain material. They usually require two or more visits to the dentist; the first to make an impression of your tooth and color match the new veneer, and the second to apply it. The veneer is then

Quality teeth make a huge difference in a person’s appearanceand wellbeing. A complete makeover of the teeth is oftenreferred to as a “new smile.” Not only is it beautiful, but it alsoincreases overall physical health by reducing tooth and gumdisease and improving digestion. bonded to the tooth. Porcelain veneers are more costly than composite veneers but last 10 years to 15 years or more. There is only one problem with veneers: they’re expensive. In the United States, they run about $600$700 and up, per tooth. A complete, widesmile restoration of 16 teeth therefore costs about $10,000. For models, actors, and television personalities, that’s simply the cost of doing business — they can even deduct the cost on their taxes. For the rest of us, such dental work is considered cosmetic, and the IRS is not so understandable of its need. It is hard to justify spending so much money on personal appearance. Luckily, the dental tourism option now provides the same (or better) quality at a huge discount.

Content taken from the book MEDICAL TOURISM TRAVEL GUIDE

Book cover Medical Tourism Travel Guide by Paul Gahlinger Sunrise River Press

The Medical Tourism Travel Guide is the essential guide for anyone considering a medical trip overseas. It tells you everything you need to know to get top-notch medical care in world-class medical facilities at a cost far less than treatment in the United States. The author, Dr. Paul Gahlinger, has personally visited a great number of the facilities described in this book, and here he shares information on hundreds of clinics, hospitals, and spas in about 50 countries, as well as important tips on how to travel, how to pay, how to prepare, what to do, and what to avoid.

With kind permission of Paul Gahlinger. For more information visit Sunrise River Press