If your teeth are chipped, worn, discolored, or misshapen, porcelain veneers can help improve your aesthetic appearance. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of stain and damage-resistant material that create a natural and healthy-looking smile when attached to the tooth/teeth’s surface(s).
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?
Porcelain veneers are ideal for men and women who want to improve their smiles. There are several reasons to get dental veneers. If teeth whitening treatments have proven ineffective, porcelain veneers can cover your stained teeth, creating a new beautiful smile you feel great about showing off.
Cosmetic dental veneers can also address cracked teeth, chipped teeth, misaligned teeth, or gapped teeth. These concerns are usually a mix of cosmetic and functional.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Porcelain veneers work by covering the front-facing, visible section of your tooth (or teeth) with a thin porcelain cover. These covers protect your teeth from further damage while looking great.
What Is Discussed During My Dental Consultation for Veneers?
The first step before getting dental veneers is to consult your dentist. Dr. Perry or Dr. Dan will evaluate your teeth and recommend a treatment plan.
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What Is the Porcelain Veneer Process Like?
Removing Excess Enamel
Our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Perry or Dr. Dan, will shave small amounts of enamel off of the targeted teeth. This gives your dentist room to attach the porcelain veneers to your natural tooth. Shaving the existing tooth is required for proper fit and alignment.
After the tooth has been shaved down, your dentist will take an impression of your bite. Dr. Perry or Dr. Dan will send this information to a specialist lab that will create custom-fitted porcelain veneers. This process can take up to a week. In the interim, he will fit you with temporary cosmetic veneers.
Fitting the Final Veneers
Once your permanent veneers arrive, you will come back in for your final tooth preparation and veneer fitting. The final tooth preparation ensures that the veneer does not hold bacteria close to the tooth and allows for a close fit.
The bonding process is usually simple and relatively fast. If necessary, minor adjustments can be made to the tooth or veneer to ensure optimal results. The bonding process involves using specialty dental glue to secure the veneer(s) to your teeth. Once the glue has set, your veneers are ready to go.
What Is My Recovery After Dental Veneers?
Patients may experience tooth sensitivity after their tooth is shaved down. Further tooth sensitivity may occur for up to two weeks following the bonding process with the permanent veneers. In both cases, these symptoms should be temporary.
If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard to protect your veneer.
What Results Can I Expect With My Porcelain Veneers?
Your porcelain veneers should provide you with a complete and beautiful smile. Results will be visible immediately after your veneers are emplaced.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
Most porcelain veneers last for 10 to 15 years, though this may be extended with proper dental care. Healthy teeth are required for veneer candidacy and will help maintain your veneers’ integrity.
How Do I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers require proper dental care to maintain. This includes twice-daily brushing and flossing. Without these efforts, plaque can build up under the veneers, causing cavities below the porcelain. If this condition goes untreated, your teeth may become unable to support your dental veneers.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers will vary depending on how many teeth you want to treat and the degree of correction you desire. This can lead to variation in the price of porcelain veneers.
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What Other Dental Services Do We Offer?
Before choosing porcelain veneers, consider our Zoom! Teeth Whitening service. If you are considering a tooth whitening option, we suggest undergoing that before your veneer treatment so that the veneers are matched to your whiter smile.
If you are unsure what type of cosmetic dentistry procedure you want, consider looking at our list of cosmetic dental procedures. It can help you discover what options are available and determine if dental veneers are the right option for you.
If cosmetic procedures are not enough, consider our restorative dentistry options for treating more serious medical concerns.
Interested In Learning More About Porcelain Veneers?
If you want to improve your smile or are just interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, please contact us online to schedule your complimentary consultation. You can also call our office at 951-699-4746.