Porcelain Dental Veneers

Your smile is often the first feature that others see. If you’re self-conscious about your teeth due to functional or cosmetic reasons, you may not smile as readily as you would like. As a result, you may appear less happy and approachable than you really are. Fortunately, there are aesthetic enhancement options that can help. Porcelain dental veneers can improve the appearance of your smile with benefits that can last for decades. Chips, stains, gaps, misalignment, and other issues can all be effectively treated with porcelain dental veneers. Our experienced cosmetic dentists can renew your teeth in a single visit with these advanced treatment options. When you arrive for your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your areas of concern and develop a customized treatment plan that can optimize your results. Explore the sections provided below to learn more about porcelain veneers:

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What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

  • Improved appearance of asymmetrical, short, or worn down teeth
  • Correction of chips, gaps, and misalignment
  • Diminished appearance of dental stains and discoloration
  • Enhanced structural support of cracked, fractured, or otherwise weakened teeth
  • Typically little to no downtime following the procedure
  • Long-lasting results resistant to future staining or yellowing
  • Revitalized appearance of existing dental restorations such as dental crowns and bridges
  • Personalized treatment plan for the most natural look and most comfortable fit possible

As one of the most popular methods of cosmetic smile enhancement, porcelain veneers offer numerous advantages. Comprised of very thin pieces of ceramic, porcelain veneers are essentially molded shells that are custom-designed to precisely fit your teeth. Once they have been carefully crafted, the veneers are placed on top of your natural teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. Porcelain veneers can provide a number of benefits.

Plus, porcelain dental veneers are designed to be exceptionally durable. These advanced treatments can significantly enhance the look of your smile for several years. At True Dentistry, we only utilize the highest-quality materials and most advanced techniques available to optimize your experience and outcome.

What Types of Porcelain Veneers Are Available at True Dentistry?

If you’re considering veneers, there are many types from which to choose. When you arrive for your initial consultation, we will discuss your needs and goals and help you determine which type of veneer can best achieve your desired outcome:

Porcelain Ceramic Veneers

Essentially thin ceramic shells, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry enhancements in the nation. The durable material is long-lasting and can provide exceptionally natural-looking results. Dental veneers are customized to suit your unique anatomical needs and expressed goals, and they are made in-house by our skilled dental lab technician. A small amount of your natural tooth enamel will be reduced to provide a precise fit, and we take great care to maintain as much of your dentition as possible.

Lumineers®

Lumineers® is a brand name of porcelain veneers, and they are often requested specifically for their well-known benefits. Lumineers®, like traditional porcelain veneers, can reduce the appearance of chips, gaps, stains, and misalignment with beautiful, natural-looking results. Additionally, the Lumineers® process typically requires little to no reduction, reshaping, or drilling—you may not even need a numbing injection. As a result, many choose the Lumineers® option for its more comfortable and pleasant treatment experience.

Dura-Thin® Prepless Veneers

One of the most conservative dental veneer techniques available, Dura-Thin® Prepless Veneers are placed on the tooth without any removal of the tooth enamel. This method is possible due to the use of very thin sheets of porcelain. Despite being slimmer than traditional veneers, these shells are designed to be just as strong and durable. Furthermore, they can mask many of the same dental concerns, including discoloration, chips, gaps, and crookedness resulting from a relapse after orthodontic treatment.

Composite Veneers

A beautiful smile should be affordable for everyone, and composite veneers are often a more budget-friendly option than conventional dental veneers. Although not necessarily as long-lasting as porcelain veneers, composite veneers can offer many of the same benefits. Composite veneers typically require little to no tooth filing or reshaping, and they can still cover chips, discoloration, gaps, and other common concerns.

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What Happens During the Porcelain Veneers Procedure?

When you first arrive for your initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss how you would like to improve the appearance of your smile with our skilled dentist and experienced dental team. Dr. Willardsen will then evaluate your teeth and gums and develop a customized treatment plan that best addresses your unique dental needs and cosmetic goals. This is a collaborative process, and you are encouraged to speak freely about your desired outcome. There are multiple types of porcelain veneers, and he will guide you in selecting the option that can offer the best possible results.

Once the treatment plan has been formulated, Dr. Willardsen will create an impression of your teeth out of wax, which we call a “wax-up.” This mold will be used as a blueprint for your custom-made porcelain veneers. We have an on-site dental lab where we manufacture the porcelain shells, ensuring the highest level of quality and care. In fact, you will have the chance to meet with our lab technician, who will personally engineer your dental veneers.

With our state-of-the-art molding technology, Dr. Willardsen can often create your temporary veneers in a single visit, without the need to return at a later date for the final fitting. The temporary set of veneers will be worn for a brief period, and they give you time to determine if any changes are necessary to achieve the smile of your dreams. In many cases, we can provide minimal or no-prep veneers that can further streamline the process. Our conservative approach helps to maintain more, if not all, of your natural tooth for a smile that’s healthy, resilient, and aesthetically appealing. When the permanent porcelain veneers are ready to be placed, they will be set onto the front part of the tooth (with porcelain veneers, only the visible part of the affected tooth needs to be covered, rather than the entire tooth). A durable cement material is used to hold the veneer in place with results that can last for many, many years. For the final touch, the veneer is color-tinted to match your surrounding teeth, allowing for incredibly natural-looking results. Your outcome is a primary concern, and there are multiple checkpoints throughout the process to help ensure your final smile is as discussed.

Porcelain dental veneers are strong, beautiful options to restore a number of teeth imperfections. These treatments are extraordinarily effective ways to improve aesthetic and functional dental issues with results that can have you smiling with confidence again. Furthermore, the process can be quick and easy, so there’s no reason to delay obtaining the smile you have always wanted and deserve to have.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

Porcelain veneers are customized to suit your dental needs and cosmetic goals. As a result, every treatment plan, including total cost, will be unique to the individual. The overall fee will vary based on the type of veneers used, the number of veneers required, your specific dental needs, and your insurance coverage. We will detail the cost of your personalized plan during your initial consultation. At True Dentistry we offer financing through trusted third-party lenders to help make your treatment more affordable.

Additional Porcelain Veneer FAQs

Do porcelain veneers hurt?

Your well-being is of primary concern. Depending on the type of porcelain veneers utilized to achieve your goals, there may be a small amount of tooth reshaping or reduction required. In this instance, we will provide a numbing agent to minimize pain, and most patients report little discomfort. Some veneers, including Lumineers®, Dura-Thin® Prepless Veneers, and composite veneers, typically require little to no drilling or reduction, making the procedure quicker and more pleasant.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure time will also depend on several considerations, including which type of dental veneers you choose. Some porcelain veneers will require two visits. The first one establishes the treatment plan and will require taking a mold of your teeth. The second places the dental veneers. Innovative veneer techniques, like Dura-Thin® Prepless Veneers, can be designed and placed in the same appointment.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

There are several factors that influence how long dental veneers will last, including the type of veneer used, your oral hygiene habits, and various environmental influences. We use the highest-quality materials known for their durability. In many cases, porcelain veneers can last as long as 10 years or more.

Do dental veneers require special care?

Excellent oral hygiene is strongly recommended for everyone, regardless of whether they have porcelain veneers. Routine brushing and flossing can help maintain the beauty and function of your dental veneers for years to come.

Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?

Dental insurance does not typically cover the cost of porcelain veneers because they are considered a cosmetic procedure. Our knowledgeable office team can check your benefits to see if any portion of your veneers treatment might be covered.

What’s the difference between porcelain veneers and crowns?

While a porcelain veneer covers only the front surface of a tooth to change its appearance, a porcelain crown covers the entire tooth to provide both structural reinforcement and cosmetic improvement. Your dentist can tell you whether a veneer or a crown is best suited for your dental needs and cosmetic goals.

Are porcelain veneers reversible?

With no-prep or minimal prep veneers the procedure may be reversible; however, it is best to speak to your dentist about this during your consultation. Porcelain veneers are designed to be a long-lasting option for smile enhancement, and we hope that patients are so happy with their new smiles that they will not want to have the procedure reversed. Some patients choose to upgrade their veneers to a higher-quality material, which is a very simple process.

Do porcelain veneers stain?

Porcelain veneers made of high-quality ceramic material are considered stain-resistant, remaining white and bright even when exposed to substances that would discolor natural tooth material.

Can I get just one veneer or will I need a whole set of veneers?

It is possible to receive one veneer that is color-matched with the surrounding teeth. Typically, one veneer might be used to change the color or shape of an aesthetically problematic tooth so that it blends in better with the smile. For patients who desire a full smile makeover, a minimum of 8 to 10 veneers are usually recommended. Your dentist can discuss the best veneers solution for your needs when you come in for your consultation.

Are there alternatives to dental veneers?

If porcelain veneers are outside your budget, composite veneers can be a more affordable option. In addition to dental veneers, there are many treatment options available to address cosmetic concerns. At True Dentistry, we offer teeth whitening, porcelain crowns, cosmetic bonding, Invisalign®, and many other procedures that can help you achieve the smile you’ve always desired. We will be happy to customize a plan that takes all of your needs into account.

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