About Dental Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin translucent shells applied directly to the surface of the teeth. They mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel and structure unlike any other material. The result, when done by an expert cosmetic dentist, is a beautiful, natural looking smile.
Veneers are commonly used to:
- Fix gaps between teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth
- Change the shape or length of teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
About The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Porcelain veneers generally take 2 – 3 visits to complete. After a comprehensive evaluation and consultation, Dr. Mulkey will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from each tooth. An impression will be taken and you will be fitted with temporary veneers while your final restorations are being created.
In approximately 2–3 weeks, your new porcelain veneers will be ready to be permanently attached to your teeth. After the dentist checks the fit and color and both you and the dentist are satisfied, a special bonding cement will be used to secure the porcelain veneers to your teeth.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?
Dr. Mulkey and Dr. Hildreth will evaluate your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals before recommending porcelain veneers to be sure they are the right choice for you. While porcelain veneers can provide a beautiful new smile and address a wide range of concerns, they are a permanent option and require several visits to complete.
What is the difference between a crown and a veneer?
While crowns and veneers are a very similar type of restoration, there are a few key differences. One of the main differences between crowns and veneers is that a dental crown covers the entire tooth, while a dental veneer only covers the front and sides of a tooth.
Are there other alternatives to veneers?
Composite bonding is an alternative to porcelain veneers and may be recommended in certain situations. However, tooth bonding is not considered a permanent solution and is subject to chipping, cracking or staining.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the material used, number of porcelain veneers placed and specific condition of the patient. Before treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the porcelain veneer cost. We offer convenient payment options including interest free financing through Care Credit for qualified patients.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are designed to last a lifetime. This longevity can be achieved with proper care and maintenance. That includes a proper at home hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and examination.
Is the porcelain veneer procedure painful?
Patients often worry about pain associated with porcelain veneers. We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with porcelain veneers is comfortable and relaxed. It is common for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.