Porcelain dental veneers can completely transform the look of your teeth for a beautiful smile makeover.
Porcelain dental veneers can completely transform the look of your teeth for a beautiful smile makeover. Our experienced cosmetic dentists, Edward Romano, DDS and Robert Bizzarro, DDS, offer porcelain veneers as an innovative solution to treat a number of dental issues that can affect your smile, including chips, gaps, discoloration, and misalignment. Made up of thin shells of ceramic material, porcelain veneers are custom-designed to look and feel like your natural teeth. This virtually painless procedure can help you achieve long-lasting results and significantly enhance the appearance of your smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can provide a number of benefits for your smile and self-confidence. Advantages of porcelain veneers include:
- Improved appearance of chipped, fractured, stained, uneven, and worn teeth
- Improved tooth function to address problems such as TMJ and occlusion (bite)
- Aesthetically pleasing appearance
- Protected tooth structure
- Custom-designed to match your natural teeth
Dr. Romano or Dr. Bizzarro will meet with you to discuss all aspects of porcelain dental veneers and answer any questions you may have. Together, you can decide if porcelain veneer treatment is the most effective option to suit your cosmetic goals.
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can be a simple and convenient way to achieve an immaculate smile for the right candidate. The treatment is ideal for individuals seeking to aesthetically enhance the appearance of their teeth. Although porcelain veneers provide some functional support, their purpose is primarily cosmetic. Therefore, patients with badly chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth in need of a more restorative solution may be better served by dental crown treatment. Nevertheless, individuals with the following dental flaws typically benefit greatly from porcelain veneers:
- Chips and cracks
- Gaps between teeth
- Irregularly shaped, worn, or short teeth
- Deep stains and discoloration
- Mild misalignment
Patients should generally have good oral health before starting treatment. Depending on your unique needs, any necessary treatment for cavities, gum disease, excessive decay, or other oral health concerns may require completion before the porcelain veneers procedure. If you are seeking a more comprehensive smile enhancement, our practice also offers the option of combining adjunctive treatments with porcelain veneers as part of a smile makeover.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The porcelain veneers process begins with a complimentary consultation between you and our experienced cosmetic dentist to determine your candidacy for the procedure. If you choose to continue with porcelain veneers, we will first take a mold of your teeth and mouth to determine the best positions to place the veneers. These impressions will then be sent to a dental laboratory that will create customized veneers. While your veneers are being made, we will provide you with temporary veneers to wear until the permanent version is ready.
Once your permanent veneers are ready to be placed, we will begin by administering a local anesthetic. Then, we will bond the veneers to your teeth in the appropriate positions using a dental adhesive, with minimal alteration to the natural tooth structure. We then color-match the veneers to your teeth so they are virtually undetectable. Once the procedure is complete, the results should look and feel completely natural, allowing you to feel more confident in your smile.
Porcelain Veneers Aftercare
After the porcelain veneer procedure, it is normal to feel some degree of sensitivity around the treated tooth (or teeth). Any discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter medication or products designed to decrease oral sensitivity, such as Sensodyne® toothpaste. Taking care to avoid very hot or cold foods right after treatment can also help mitigate any sensitivity.
Porcelain veneers require very little maintenance besides routine dental visits and normal brushing and flossing. While they can be extremely durable and long-lasting, exercising caution when eating nuts, candy, and other hard foods can help prevent chips, cracks, and other unnecessary damage to the veneer. Additionally, individuals who clench or grind their teeth during sleep may benefit from wearing a nightguard in order to further prolong the lifespan of their porcelain veneers.
Cost of Porcelain Veneers
Crafted from the expertise of our cosmetic dentists and lab technicians, porcelain veneers can be excellent options to provide aesthetic enhancement and functional support for a variety of dental imperfections. Our practice strives to make this innovative treatment an economical and long-lasting cosmetic solution for all. As such, the cost of porcelain veneers is personalized for each patient and dependent on an array of factors, including:
- The number of veneers being placed
- The amount of tooth preparation necessary
- The type or brand of veneers
- The complexity of your treatment
- Applicable insurance coverage
We wish to extend affordable, high-quality dental care to every individual seeking treatment. After our dentists examine your unique dental needs, a custom treatment plan will be created. At that time, our office can present you with a detailed cost estimate of your treatment, as well as a range of our available dental financing options. We accept many different kinds of dental insurance and payment methods, including cash, personal checks, and all major credit cards. Our practice also works with reputable health care financing companies, such as CareCredit® and Citi® Health. A variety of low-interest and extended payment plans are available for qualified applicants to suit your budgetary needs. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to raise them with our practice.
Contact Our Practice
For more information on porcelain veneers, or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentists, please contact our practice today.