Home » Porcelain Veneers

What are Porcelain Veneers?

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, Drs. Loc Tong and Angela Rasmussen 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.

Dr. Tong and Dr. Rasmussen use only the most superior porcelain systems and the highest-quality laboratories available in cosmetic dentistry today. This allows them to achieve equally beautiful results, and the doctors will help you decide which option is best 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 can cover many tooth imperfections 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 eight to 12 teeth but can involve as little as one to four teeth. Maybe you have a single tooth that is discolored due to trauma from when you were in college. Perhaps you have two misshapen teeth. Or maybe you’d like to place veneers on all of your visible front teeth. During your consultation, we can discuss your options and 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 some 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 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 issues, 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; they just require regular brushing and flossing. While you can basically eat whatever you like, you may want to avoid things such as candy apples or 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.


Veneers video thumbnail
Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.

Contact us today at (813) 734-7102 to schedule an appointment

Dr. Loc Tong, D.D.S.

Dr. Tong

Angela Rasmussen, D.D.S.

Dr. Rasmussen

Dr. Loc Tong and Dr. Angela Rasmussen are the two experienced dentists at Gentle Dentistry, serving the communities of Tampa, FL.

Loc Tong, DDS, the practice owner, obtained his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Nova Southeastern University, his Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC.

Dr. Tong is proficient in all facets of general dentistry and is particularly interested in implant and cosmetic dentistry. He is an active member of professional organizations, like the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Florida Dental Association. He is committed to serving underserved communities globally.

Angela Rasmussen, DDS, is an alumnus of Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY, and State University of New York, Buffalo. She completed a General Practice Residency and was Chief Resident at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her Fellowship at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Rasmussen is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, AGD, Academy of Osseointegration, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Hillsborough County Dental Association. She is dedicated to continuous education and has received many industry honors.
Dental insurance plans

At Gentle Dentistry, we believe that insurance plans and financial concerns should not prevent anyone from receiving quality, proactive dental care. Our In-House Dental Savings Plan is designed to help our patients receive the consistent, high quality dental care they need to maintain optimal oral and overall health at an affordable price. Individual annual membership plans start at $349, and cost-effective family plans can be customized to meet the needs of everyone in the family. Each membership plan includes free treatments, special discounts, cosmetic treatments, and much more.

Sign up for our Dental Savings Plan to start enjoying incredible benefits at Gentle Dentistry right away.

Click here to learn more about our dental savings plan