What are porcelain veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a thin porcelain restoration that bonds to the front of your tooth. Veneers are used to change the shape, color and size of your teeth. As a result, we can enhance your smile. Our doctors take a patient-centered approach to creating veneers. We take the time to understand your desires so we can create the perfect smile for you.
Your initial visit will consist of a diagnostic work up. During this visit we will take a series of pictures and impressions. The diagnostic casts will then be “waxed up” to create a template for how your final restorations will look. Before initiating treatment we will complete an in-mouth “mock up”. This will help us visualize what the ultimate product will look like.
Frequently asked questions.
Do you have to shave down my teeth to get veneers?
Porcelain veneers do require some reshaping of the teeth in order to create room for the porcelain. However, very minimal tooth structure is removed. In many cases we can achieve desirable results with very limited tooth preparation.
How do veneers stay on my teeth?
Just like bonded fillings, porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth with strong adhesive cement.
Can I eat normally with veneers?
You sure can. Due to advancements in dental adhesives, veneers have an extremely strong bond to the underlying tooth structure. As a result, you can eat and function normally with them.
What are veneers made of?
Porcelain veneers are made of a very strong ceramic. There are various ceramics that can be used, but in most cases we will use Feldspathic porcelain or lithium disilicate (eMax).
Do veneers stain?
They can stain, however they are less likely to stain that your natural teeth. The ceramic is extremely resistant to discoloration. That being said, it is important that you maintain routine dental visits to ensure that the underlying toot structure remains healthy.
Veneers are expensive, can I finance them?
Yes. We accept Care Credit and Lending Point third party financing to help pay for you treatment. Care Credit can be used with interest free financing for up to two years. Lending Point offers extended financing over the course of 60 months.
What if I decide to whiten my teeth later? Will the veneers whiten?
You can not whiten ceramic restorations. Therefore bleaching must be completed prior to treatment. We will then wait 2 weeks until your tooth shade stabilizes before we select the matching shade for your new porcelain veneers.
What if I chip a veneer, can it be repaired?
Porcelain veneers are extremely strong restorations. However, like natural teeth they can chip from trauma. Especially, if you grind your teeth are night. Veneers can not be bonded to and must be replaced if they chip. Although, this is extremely rare. We do recommend all of our veneer patients wear nightguards while sleeping. This helps to protect the restorations and increase longevity.