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Common teeth imperfections such as chips, gaps, stains, and even misalignments can be improved with natural-looking porcelain dental veneers. These effective dental treatments are custom-made to provide a strong, beautiful fit over the affected tooth, enhancing the appearance of your teeth and improving functional issues as well. With porcelain dental veneers, the experienced cosmetic dentists at Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry can help you restore the look of your smile with long-lasting results.
If you would like more information on porcelain dental veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment here at our office in Poway, please contact us today.
- Porcelain Veneers Benefits
- Porcelain Veneers Vs. Crowns
- Composite Vs. Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers Process
- Porcelain Veneers Results
- Porcelain Veneers Care
- Porcelain Veneers Cost
- Porcelain Veneers Alternatives
- Additional Porcelain Veneers FAQs
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Porcelain dental veneers are advanced methods of restoring both the form and function of your teeth with results that look very natural. Veneers are specifically made to cover only the affected portion of your tooth, and they are known to last for many years – decades, in many cases. Porcelain veneers can improve a range of dental issues, including:
- Stains and discolored areas on the teeth
- Spaces and gaps between the teeth
- Teeth that have been worn down
- Teeth that appear too short
I had been considering veneers for a few years. My sister recommended Dr. Sacknoff, so I made an appt for a consultation. I liked her immediately, and I decided to go ahead and take the plunge. I get a lot of anxiety going to the dentist, so I tried to prepare myself mentally for the first appointment, which was about 4 hours to prep the teeth and get a temporary veneer for about 2 weeks, until the permanents are ready. Dr. Sacknoff and her staff were wonderful. They made sure I was comfortable and relaxed. I put on headphones and watched a few movies. Before I knew it, we were done. When I came back 2 weeks later for the permanents, I was doing fine until we were about to proceed with putting the permanents on. I was having an anxiety attack, so Dr. Sacknoff suggested we take a break so that I could relax. When I told her I was ready, I had another anxiety attack. She was so patient and understanding. She asked if I’d like laughing gas, and said it would just take the edge off, and feel like I have had a few glasses of wine, but that I’d be able to drive home. I took her up on the offer! After a few minutes of laughing gas, I was able to relax and she was able to finish cementing on the permanent veneers. I absolutely LOVE my veneers and my new smile! They are beautiful and look so natural. I’d like to thank Dr. Sacknoff and her staff, especially Tiffany, who was with me through the whole process. It’s a great office, and I highly recommend her if you are considering veneers.
April 06, 2018
What is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Dental Crowns?
A porcelain veneer is designed to cover only the visible, front part of the affected tooth. A dental crown covers the entire tooth. While veneers and crowns are both effective with addressing aesthetic dental concerns, a crown is typically a more ideal option when a tooth needs a significant amount of structural improvement after it has suffered from damage or decay. Our dentist will provide a thorough examination and will determine if a porcelain veneer or a dental crown is more appropriate for your needs.
Composite Vs. Porcelain Veneers
In addition to porcelain veneers, there is another option—called composite veneers—that can address some of the same types of concerns. However, there are some important distinctions between these two treatments to keep in mind. A composite veneer procedure typically offers patients a more conservative way to improve the appearance of their teeth. This option can be effective for individuals with aesthetic dental concerns that are milder in nature. Composite veneers do not typically last as long as porcelain veneers. In fact, the longevity of composite veneers may be significantly less than what can be accomplished with porcelain veneers. Plus, porcelain veneers are often more ideal for patients who have more severe cases of tooth stains, chips, gaps, asymmetry, or other conditions. With porcelain veneers, the results are typically much longer-lasting and the aesthetic effects more comprehensive and color-stable. Our dentist will talk with you about the options available at our practice and help you determine the best type of veneer for your unique needs and goals.
What Does the Porcelain Dental Veneers Process Involve?
The first step in the porcelain dental veneers procedure begins with an evaluation of your teeth to make sure that this treatment is the best option for your goals. Once it’s determined that dental veneers can be beneficial to your needs, our dentist will take an impression of your teeth to ensure the most precise and natural-looking fit for the veneer. The impression will then be used to create a custom-designed porcelain dental veneer made by an experienced ceramist at a local dental laboratory. Composed of a durable porcelain material, the ultra-thin veneer will be affixed to your tooth with a very strong cement. Your new porcelain veneer will be custom-shaded to match the appearance of your surrounding teeth. Once a final polish is complete, your veneer should both look and feel like a natural tooth.
How Long Will the Results of Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are known to last very long periods of time with the proper care. In fact, longevity of results is one of the treatment’s major benefits. With good oral health habits and regular dental check-ups, many patients are able to maintain their veneers for decades.
How Do I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
The best way to care for your veneers is to continue employing good at-home oral hygiene routines and to be sure you come back to the dentist for regular check-ups. Daily brushing and flossing, plus a twice-yearly dental exam and professional cleaning can go a long way toward maintaining the health of your porcelain veneers along with your oral health in general. Flossing is particularly important with veneers since the buildup of plaque around the edges of the veneer can lead to the development of decay. It’s also a good idea to avoid chewing hard foods with the veneers. If you are prone to bruxism (teeth clenching/grinding during sleep), a customized nightguard can be an ideal option to limit the potential for damaging the veneer.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Typically Cost?
The overall cost of porcelain veneers varies on a case-by-case basis. A variety of factors go into the total price of the procedure, including the number of veneers that will ultimately be necessary to achieve your goals. Our practice offers convenient payment options for treatment, and we work with a reputable financing company called CareCredit® that can help qualified applicants pay for their procedure over time.
Are There Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers?
Some patients may be good candidates for other procedures if they do not need or desire porcelain veneers to effectively address their concerns. The best option will depend on each individual’s specific needs and goals. Cosmetic dental bonding is often utilized as an alternative to porcelain veneers for patients who would like to address concerns such as gaps, chips, and other common aesthetic dental conditions. While cosmetic bonding does not yield results that last as long as porcelain veneers, the treatment is a tried-and-true method of improving many of the same issues that veneers are designed to address. If yellowing or staining of the teeth is the primary concern, teeth whitening may be an ideal option. Although veneers are often better for hiding the appearance of deep, excessively dark stains, professional teeth whitening can be a good alternative for patients who would generally like to lighten the shade of their teeth and give them a whiter, brighter appearance. In cases of teeth misalignment, Invisalign® or a removable orthodontic retainer can be excellent ways to bring the teeth into a straighter, more uniform position. If you are interested in procedures that can serve as good alternatives to porcelain veneers, our dentist can determine whether those options can effectively meet your needs.
Additional Porcelain Veneers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I consider porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers have been one of the more popular cosmetic dentistry options for many years, and one of the reasons for that is because they are able to address so many different types of concerns. From spaces between teeth to deep stains, chips, and worn-down teeth, porcelain veneers offer a chance to eliminate the appearance of those issues with beautiful results.
Will they look natural?
The goal of this treatment is to provide results that look as natural as possible. Porcelain veneers are completely custom-designed. The veneers are crafted from a dental impression of your teeth and modified to create the best possible fit and appearance. They are also color-matched to surrounding teeth for a virtually seamless blend. Once the procedure is complete, your veneer should look just like your natural teeth.
Does the treatment process hurt?
The porcelain veneer procedure should not be painful. Our dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area when the tooth is being prepared for the veneer, and we also offer advanced sedation dentistry techniques for patients who suffer from high levels of dental anxiety. Our doctors are extensively trained and experienced with these popular procedures and will work diligently to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
Please contact Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry to find out more about how porcelain dental veneers can help you meet your needs. Our cosmetic dentists will be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have about this effective procedure.