What are Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is an extremely thin shell of porcelain that bonds to the front surface of your tooth. Here at Gentle Dentistry, Dr. Angela Rasmussen and Dr. Amanda del Cueto use veneers to change the shape, color, size and symmetry of the teeth and smiles. In cosmetic dentistry, porcelain is the material of choice because it replicates human enamel most naturally.
Drs. Rasmussen and del Cueto use only the most superior porcelain systems and highest quality of laboratories available in cosmetic dentistry today. This allows them to achieve equally beautiful results and the doctors will help decide which is best suited for you.
What are the benefits of placing porcelain veneers?
You could answer that question with another — “What’s the value of a beautiful, ideal, bright smile?” That’s the benefit of placing veneers onto your teeth. Porcelain veneers cover any imperfections with your teeth without having to resort to procedures such as orthodontics or implant placement. In just as little as two appointments, you can completely remake your smile in the way you’ve always desired. If you’ve been self-conscious about teeth affected by tetracycline or other types of staining, porcelain veneers can give you the confidence you are after. The same is true for uneven teeth, teeth with subtle gaps between them, misshapen teeth, and other cosmetic concerns.
How much do they cost?
The cost of your veneers depends on how many teeth you wish to cover. A typical full smile design ranges from 8-12 teeth but can involve as little as 1-4 teeth when indicated. Maybe you have a single tooth that is discolored due to trauma from when you were in college. Maybe you have two teeth that are misshapen. Or maybe you’d like to place veneers on all of your visible front teeth. During your consultation, we can discuss your options and your costs. They range from $1,500-$2,000 per tooth.
Who is an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are the perfect cover-up for various cosmetic flaws with a person’s teeth. These are great uses for veneers:
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth
- Concealing chips
- Covering stained, discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering minor cracks or wear
- Providing an alternative to orthodontic work
But in order for the Gentle Dentistry team to apply veneers, your teeth have to be healthy in the first place. A healthy foundation leads to a healthy and beautiful result. Porcelain veneers are meant to cover certain cosmetic problems, such as deep staining or chips. They do not correct underlying problems, such as decay or deep cracks. If you have oral health problems, such as gum disease or decay (cavities), those need to be addressed before we can place veneers on your teeth.
How do I care for my teeth with porcelain veneers on them?
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special cleaning or maintenance at home, just regular brushing and flossing. While you can eat basically whatever you like, you may want to avoid things such as candy apples or chewing on bones, as veneers can sometimes detach or chip.
Will my veneers stain?
Porcelain veneers are highly resistant to staining. Your natural teeth will stain far more and far faster than your veneers.
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