Are your teeth crooked, stained, or separated? If not, then why the hell do you want veneers?? Exit this post now and consider yourself lucky. However, if you’re like me and you’re unhappy with the current state of your teeth, continue reading to figure out if veneers are for you!
I’ve always been unhappy with my smile because of the excess space between my two front teeth. Yes, they were cute when I was a child, but definitely not in my engagement photos. I realized that I avoided smiling just because of my teeth and it started taking a toll on my confidence. Now, I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with spaced teeth, but, in my case, I wasn’t happy and I wanted to change them. My first instinct was to get invisalign trays but after a brief conversation with my dentist, I decided that they weren’t right for me because I would’ve had a misaligned center line between my top and bottom teeth (Tom Cruise could pull it off but I can’t).
My First Consultation Visit
During my vacation in Egypt, I came across a sponsored post for a dental clinic called Dental Lounge and I started stalking the Instagram page. I was shocked at the amazing veneer results on different clients and decided to go for a consultation visit. On my first appointment, I met Dr. Michael who took a look at my teeth and told me that I would need 8 e-max veneers to create my new smile. The whole atmosphere at the clinic was very welcoming and clean and I instantly felt ready for the treatment plan.
Gingivectomy (Gummy Smile Correction)
The first step in my treatment plan was a gingivectomy (a term I recently learned) procedure to correct my gummy smile (something I was unaware I had). A gummy smile means that when you smile a lot of your gums show and they aren’t completely covered by your upper lip. This could be corrected with fillers to make the upper lip bigger or through a gingivectomy process if gums are very excessive. To spare you the gruesome details, a scalpel was used to remove the excess gum portion. Don’t worry, it didn’t hurt because prior to the actual removal, anesthetic was injected from about five injection sites to numb my whole upper mouth. The injections themselves were also relatively painless, just a small pinch, nothing unbearable. After the procedure, I used an anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial mouthwash for 3 days and avoided spicy food the first day.
Veneers Preparation and Temporary Molds
My second visit included all the preparations for the actual veneers. This was about one week after my gingivectomy procedure and it was about an hour long visit. I got to choose the shade of my veneers (the closest to my natural color since I wasn’t doing my bottom teeth) and to discuss how I wanted my teeth to look overall. Dr. Michael then proceeded on to taking pictures of my mouth from every angle and then the prep process started. I was very nervous because I had seen images of teeth being shaved down to barely anything and I didn’t want that, but Dr. Michael showed me the nonexistent width of e-max veneers which meant barely any shaving. He also told me that I needed minimal prep since there was already a lot of spacing between my teeth. After numbing my mouth with anesthetic, he started shaving parts of my teeth and the sound, as usual, freaked me out but I remained calm. I was really nervous to look in the mirror when he was done because the process took about 30 minutes which made me think I had no teeth left. Thank God I was surprised!! I barely noticed a difference except that my two front teeth, that were very tall to begin with, were now shorter. I could’ve left the office just like that and probably no one would have noticed either. After that he took molds of my teeth (biting down on a clay like tray) and started making my temporary molds. These looked like my original teeth but this varies from one doctor to the other as some create the molds looking like your permanent veneers which I would recommend to prevent any surprises. The aftercare included avoiding extreme hot or cold drinks, anti-inflammation pills, and not eating for an hour or two which I ignored and ended up breaking one of my temporary molds; the burger was worth it though. Since I didn’t mind my shaved tooth, I didn’t go back to replace the temporary mold.
My New Smile
Two weeks later I went in to finally get my permanent veneers inserted. The process took about an hour, more or less. It started with the usual anesthetic injections, which I had grown so used to at that point, and then Dr. Michael inserted the veneers so I could take a look at them before he glues them. I loved how they looked so he proceeded with the actual cementation process which included a lot of pressure. No pain, just pressure as he pushed each veneer implant on my natural teeth. He then continued the cementation process with a laser light that I assumed turned the gluey paste into a solid to keep the veneers in place. More pressure and then flossing between the veneers to remove the excess glue and I was done. I was in love with how the actual teeth looked but I felt like they were protruding forward too much. Dr. Michael assured me that this was because they were just inserted and that they would “settle in” and my mouth would go back to normal after the anesthetic wore off. I decided to wait and when the anesthetic wore off my mouth did go back to normal but the veneers felt weird. It felt like they weren’t supposed to be there and I wanted to yank them out of my mouth. Thankfully, he had told me that I would feel this and that my mouth would adjust in about a week, just in time for my checkup. After a week, he was right; they weren’t protruding anymore, they felt normal, and most importantly, I loved them so much!
The Scary Part: Prices
Now we come to the worst part of veneers: the price. Unfortunately, veneers are considered a form of cosmetic surgery so they aren’t covered by insurance companies so you will be left with a huge bill to payoff yourself. Most major dental offices have payment plans with no interest so make sure to inquire about these and do your research. With that being said, e-max veneers range from $2000-$3500 per tooth which is just insane! Other types of porcelain veneers, that aren’t as durable and may discolor over time, range from $950-$1700 per tooth. This would put my total cost for 8 e-max veneers at $28,000 which is a downpayment for a house and definitely much more than I could’ve afforded. This would be excluding my gingivectomy treatment which ranges about $200-$400 per tooth. It was just too much so I decided to wait until I went to Egypt.
The good part: it was wayyyyyy cheaper in Egypt!! E-max veneers cost between L.E 1500- L.E 3000 per tooth in Egypt. At Dr. Michael’s office, they cost L.E 2500 per tooth which put my total at L.E 20,000 for 8 e-max veneers plus L.E 3000 for my gingivectomy treatment. So my final total was L.E 23,000 which sounds scary but don’t forget the exchange rate which was at $17 at the time of my treatment. In dollars, everything cost me about $1,350!!!! Could you believe the price difference?? I got my whole smile (and a great vacation) done for less than the average price of one e-max veneer in the U.S. No wonder this doctor has a ton of clients from the U.S and Europe!
The Exciting Part: Results
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for. The actual results that put this whole process into perspective.
I hope I’ve answered any questions you may have about veneers and if you have any other questions please leave them below. I truly wish you all the best of luck on your smile journey!
Dr. Michael’s Instagram page: dentalloungealex