What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin, durable shells placed over the front of teeth to conceal imperfections, such as chips, cracks, and mild misalignment, as well as improve their overall appearance. Unlike porcelain crowns, dental veneers only require a small portion of the tooth to be removed to accommodate the new restoration. At Roberts Dental Group, we provide veneers composed of a durable porcelain material, which offers strong and incredibly natural-looking results. Veneers can be used to enhance smile aesthetics while also adding an extra layer of protection.
- Porcelain Veneer Benefits
- Porcelain Veneer Procedure
- Porcelain Veneers Lifespan
- Porcelain Veneers Cost
- Porcelain Veneers Care
- Porcelain Veneers & Staining
- Porcelain Veneers Vs. Crowns
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
The benefits from porcelain veneers can be immense and vary in nature depending on what the patient is trying to correct about their smile. Generally, porcelain veneers can be used to fix a variety of tooth-related issues including:
- Minor misalignment and gaps within teeth
- Cracked and chipped teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Deteriorated or worn-down teeth
- Short or uneven teeth
Porcelain veneers are an ideal choice to remedy a wide range of dental issues because of how versatile they can be. With other dental solutions, patients may be limited in what they can address. With veneers, patients can expect to address a multitude of concerns with one treatment.
How Does the Porcelain Veneer Procedure Work?
To prepare for your porcelain veneer procedure, our skilled cosmetic dentist, Dr. Justin Roberts, will first evaluate the shape, size, and color of your teeth to help design your custom veneers. When it comes time to place your veneers, your teeth will first be cleaned and a numbing agent may be administered to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment.
Each tooth receiving a veneer will then be prepared with a special dental tool, removing the outer layer of enamel to which the veneer will be attached. This allows your custom-made veneer to securely adhere to the tooth’s surface and achieve the most natural-looking appearance. When you leave our office, you can enjoy your beautiful new smile, maintaining your veneers in the same way that you take care of your other teeth.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers can often last for 10 to 15 years when placed by an experienced dentist and cared for properly. To help prolong the lifespan of your veneers, it can help to avoid chewing on hard objects, limit hard foods or chew with your back teeth, and wear a nightguard when sleeping if you grind your teeth. Dr. Roberts can provide more detailed instructions on how you can get the most out of your new smile.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The average cost of a single porcelain veneer is about $1,000 to $2,500. This can vary based on multiple factors, such as the type of veneer, your geographic area, and the expertise of your dentist. It is also important to know that dental veneers are typically not covered by insurance, as they are considered a cosmetic procedure.
How Do I Take Care of My Porcelain Veneers?
Caring for your porcelain veneers will be similar to how you treat your other teeth. Practicing healthy oral hygiene habits such brushing, flossing, and continuing with routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist will be key in maintaining your porcelain veneers. The longevity of your porcelain veneers will very much depend on the care you provide them after your treatment.
Do Porcelain Veneers Stain?
Porcelain veneers are generally stain resistant and can last for many years for patients without causing issues. Our veneers, which are made with a durable porcelain material, are designed to match the color tone of the surrounding teeth at the time of installment in order for the results to appear as natural as possible. Unfortunately, porcelain veneers cannot be whitened through teeth whitening methods. Patients who want to whiten their teeth should do so before the veneers are placed.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns
Though porcelain veneers and dental crowns are often confused for one another, the two treatments are very different. Dental crowns are typically used for restorative dentistry treatment while porcelain veneers are considered more of a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Veneers can be great at improving the smile of patients by using thin pieces of porcelain to cover the front of the tooth. Crowns, which can be made of porcelain as well, are used to encapsulate the entire tooth to restore both the form and function of the natural tooth. Both treatments are popular choices, and Dr. Roberts will be able to determine which one suits you better at the time of your initial consultation.