Veneers - Improve Your Smile
PORCELAIN VENEERS: FOR A GORGEOUS SMILE
In the 1960s, another dentist developed a way to affix the veneers to the teeth so they lasted longer. He slightly etched the teeth with an acidic solution, which improved the grip of the adhesive.
Over the past 3 decades, emerging technology has made veneers more convenient and lifelike. New types of porcelain have been introduced that are stronger and similar to natural enamel. Digital imaging allows many dentists to do same-day restorations that are almost identical to your natural teeth. Finally, porcelain veneers can be combined with other dental procedures to provide comprehensive results.
WHAT ARE VENEERS?
When combined with these restorative procedures, veneers can restore aesthetics and functionality.
At this time, you should let us know if you have dental anxiety and require sedation. If this is the case, we will be happy to discuss our sedation options with you.
- Enamel removal: first, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the front teeth. The amount will vary from one patient to another but typically ranges from .5mm to .7mm. In most cases, the amount is so negligible that you don’t need an anesthetic.
- Impressions: the next step is to create impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to the lab so that the veneers can be customized for your mouth. If you are getting CEREC veneers, digital images will be taken, and the veneers will be fabricated in-house.
- Placing temporary veneers: if your veneers are being fabricated in an off-site lab, it takes 1 to 2 weeks to get them back. In this case, you’ll be provided with temporary veneers to protect the teeth while you wait.
The process goes much quicker for the in-office CEREC veneers. A machine fabricates the veneers from a single block of porcelain. The restorations may be further customized by painting/polishing the final product.
Etching tooth: before the veneers can be placed, the surface of the tooth will need to be etched. The dentist will apply a gel to the teeth to dissolve some of the minerals. Then, a bonding agent will be applied to create a strong base for the veneers to attach to.
Cementing veneers: the final step is to cement the veneers to the teeth. Dental cement will be placed on the back of the veneers and gentle force will be applied to set the veneers in place. A curing light will be used to harden the cement.
FIXES COSMETIC DENTAL ISSUES
- Gapped teeth
- Stained/discolored teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Uneven teeth
Patients who have minor cosmetic dental issues may qualify for veneers. This will boost your confidence by covering up yellow teeth and closing gaps.
However, it is important to note that excessive coffee consumption can stain veneers, and using your front teeth to bite on hard foods such as ice can cause them to break or chip.
EASY TO MAINTAIN
This will keep your veneers looking nice, allowing you to show off your beautiful, healthy smile. Porcelain veneers are non-porous, so you don’t have to worry about stains and cavities.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURE
WHO SHOULD GO FOR VENEERS?
- Chipped teeth
- Dull, yellow, stained teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Short teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Small teeth
Porcelain veneers give you a brighter, whiter, beautiful smile.
However, the first step to any dental procedure is the consultation and if you have gum disease or other oral health issues, porcelain veneers will not be the best option. You need to have the other concerns/issues addressed first.
- Treat them like natural teeth and practice proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing. Use a gentle cleanser, not an abrasive one.
- Combat gum disease- gum disease causes gums to swell and recede, which reveals the edges of the veneers
- Stop smoking/chewing tobacco- tobacco not only impacts your general health but also your oral health. While porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, that does not mean they cannot be stained at all and once they do become stained, it’s expensive to remove the stains.
- Wear a mouth guard if you play sports or grind your teeth to keep the veneers from being damaged.
- Visit the dentist often to keep your veneers in the best shape possible and stay on top or your oral and overall health
- Avoid hard foods and activities that could damage veneers, such as nuts and candy.
Schedule Your Consultation with the Experts at 5thandOlive Dental
How much do teeth veneers cost?
The cost of veneers varies from $1,000 to $2,000 or more per tooth. The total cost depends on the material chosen, how many teeth are being treated, and whether or not there are other procedures involved.
Typically, it takes 2 appointments to get veneers. The following steps are included in the treatment cost of veneers:
- Enamel removal
- Impression/mold of prepared tooth/teeth
- Shading to match your natural teeth
- Custom-made veneer, which may take several weeks
Since this is a cosmetic procedure, insurance may or may not cover it. Our friendly office staff will work with your provider to determine coverage. If you need financial assistance, we work with CareCredit.
How long do the veneers last?
Typically, veneers last 10 to 15 years. However, with proper care and maintenance may last longer. In some cases, veneers may last a lifetime.
Are veneers permanent?
Yes, veneers can be a permanent solution. Typically, they need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, but with proper maintenance, may not need replacing at all.
Can veneers be removed?
Once veneers are in place, they are not removable. Therefore, this is a decision that you should not take lightly. This is a commitment.