What are dental veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color and shape. Veneers have a longer life expectancy (approximately 15 years) and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
We love completing porcelain veneers because it is a truly life-changing experience. However, not everyone is an ideal veneer candidate. It is important to be knowledgeable about both the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers.
Porcelain dental veneers can help treat
- Teeth Stains
- Crooked or Uneven Teeth
- Teeth that are short, wide, or fat
- Teeth that are chipped, worn or grinding
- Old, discolored bonding that needs to be replaced
Advantages of Veneers
- Aesthetics: In many cases, we are able to achieve truly dramatic, life-changing results. If you are embarrassed to smile, please consider veneers. No one should have to hide their smile.
Speed: Veneers are typically a two-appointment process. The first appointment consists of preparing the teeth, taking impressions, and fabricating temporary veneers. Two weeks later you will return to have your new veneers cemented and be able to show off your new smile immediately!
Periodontal: Since Veneers are individual units, they are very easy to maintain. You can eat, drink, brush, and floss just like normal.
Disadvantages of Veneers
- Removal of Enamel: Although the goal with veneers is to be as conservative as possible, it is necessary to remove .5-1mm of enamel in order to fabricate veneers that fit properly. This is very minimal, but it is irreversible.
- Expense: We do try to keep our cost down for this procedure because our dentists love to do them, but this can be an expensive procedure. If you are interested, we would be happy to provide a complimentary consultation to give you a quote of what your case would cost.