What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are designed to improve the overall appearance of your smile by addressing many common cosmetic concerns. Whether you have chips, cracks, gaps, uneven teeth, stains, discoloration, or even mild tooth misalignment, Dr. Jeffrey Schultz, our cosmetic dentist, can use porcelain veneers to give you a seamless, more vibrant, and youthful smile. Composed of a thin yet durable ceramic material, porcelain veneers can rejuvenate the look of your teeth with long-lasting, beautiful results.
What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
With the ability to address such a wide array of common tooth imperfections, porcelain veneers are one of our most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments. The benefits of porcelain veneers can include:
- Improving tooth symmetry
- Lengthening short, worn teeth
- Eliminating gaps or spaces in your smile
- Concealing chips or cracks
- Reshaping crooked teeth
- Whitening the appearance of your smile
Porcelain veneers can also be used as part of a customized smile makeover treatment plan for patients interested in more comprehensive rejuvenation.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns
While porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment to enhance the appearance of teeth, porcelain crowns are primarily used to restore a damaged or decayed tooth structure. Covering only the front portion of the tooth body, porcelain veneers are designed to mask minor chips, cracks, gaps, misalignments, and discoloration. In this way, they can be a sophisticated aesthetic solution to enhance your smile, with the durable porcelain shells providing additional support for your natural enamel.
Porcelain crowns, on the other hand, are “caps” bonded over the entire tooth body to reinforce and protect a tooth weakened by decay, bacteria buildup, or structural fissures. Capable of covering a dental implant, rehabilitating a tooth after a root canal, or simply strengthening impaired enamel, these restorations are designed to improve tooth function and can make it easier to bite with ease. Although crowns are crafted to blend in seamlessly with your smile while lending the beauty characteristic of porcelain, they are restorative in purpose.
Your specific dental needs can determine the best treatment for your oral health and smile goals. If you are unsure whether porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns are the most ideal treatment option, Dr. Schultz can assess your concerns during a consultation and help you decide the most beneficial course of action.
Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Patients with minor dental flaws, such as “short” teeth, gaps, chips, cracks, or discoloration, can benefit greatly from porcelain veneers. For the right candidate, these ultra-thin porcelain shells can camouflage many cosmetic imperfections, restoring the proportions of a youthful and healthy tooth structure. While porcelain veneers can serve as an exceptional treatment to refine the smile, individuals with unhealthy gums, severe decay, or more extensive tooth damage may be better suited for a restorative dentistry procedure.
What Can I Expect During My Porcelain Veneers Procedure?
Receiving a porcelain veneer is a relatively conservative dental procedure that does not typically require much preparation. A very small amount of the tooth’s natural structure will be removed to allow your custom-made veneer to be securely bonded into place. These veneers are ultra-thin, usually measuring no more than half a millimeter. Your veneers will be created to match the shape and shade of your existing teeth for results that look both beautiful and natural. As an added benefit, the materials used to compose your porcelain veneers are quite durable, resistant to staining, and can reflect light in a way that mimics the appearance of a natural tooth.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
When properly cared for, porcelain veneers can last for years, if not decades. The lifespan of these cosmetic solutions can be prolonged with daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental check-ups. While our team utilizes a durable veneer material that helps protect against staining, semi-annual professional cleanings at our office can additionally keep your porcelain veneers in optimal condition.
How Do I Care For My Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers require no additional maintenance besides the consistent oral hygiene habits necessary to care for natural teeth. However, if you are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep, wearing a mouthguard at night can help prevent unnecessary damage to your veneers and extend their use.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Since the porcelain veneers procedure is customized for each patient, the cost will vary based on the unique needs being addressed. Factors that affect the total amount you can expect to pay include the following:
- Number of veneers required
- Type of veneers being used
- Amount of tooth preparation needed
- Whether a lab will be crafting the restoration
When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Schultz, he will be able to examine your oral needs and determine the extent of what you will need to achieve your goals. With this information, he can provide you with a quote on how much your porcelain veneers procedure may cost.
If you are interested in learning how you can reduce your total veneers cost by turning it into more manageable monthly payments, our team offers financing options to make the solution more affordable. Applying is typically very easy, and most patients can find out immediately if they qualify.
Other Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Will My Porcelain Veneers Fit Well?
At Schultz Center for Dentistry, every porcelain veneer is tailored to the unique shape, size, and length of each patient’s teeth. As a result of this custom fabrication process, our patients receive veneers that are designed to fit both securely and comfortably.
Will My Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?
Since every veneer is custom-made according to the patient’s unique needs, we are able to provide exceptionally natural-looking results. In addition to matching the shape and size of the patient’s surrounding teeth, the veneer is color-matched to ensure a seamless look.
Is the Procedure Uncomfortable?
At the beginning of your veneers procedure, a local anesthetic will most likely be administered to help numb the treatment area. Dr. Schultz strives to help you feel as comfortable possible, ensuring you are at-ease throughout the duration of your treatment.
To learn more about porcelain veneers, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.