Natural Looking Smile Enhancements with Porcelain Veneers
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are custom-crafted to conceal a wide variety of cosmetic imperfections and improve the appearance of your teeth. Whether you are seeking to correct the look of one tooth, a series of teeth, or achieve a full smile makeover, veneers are considered to be one of the most versatile and conservative cosmetic dentistry options for smile enhancement.
If you are concerned about the condition, shape, color, or alignment of your teeth, porcelain veneers from Coronado Classic Dentistry may be the ideal treatment for achieving the beautiful, natural-looking smile you desire. To learn more about porcelain veneers we invite you to schedule a consultation and explore the informative sections provided below:
- Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers Process
- Porcelain Veneers Care
- Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers Cost
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be used to correct several common cosmetic concerns, including:
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth
- Short teeth
Giving your smile an improved appearance with porcelain veneers is often a relatively simple and effective process that yields impressive results. The size, shape, color, fit, and thickness of each veneer is precisely matched to the specifications of your tooth, providing for highly customized results that can look and feel incredibly natural. In addition, preparation for the ultra-thin veneers typically preserves much of the tooth body, which helps maintain dental strength and health. Dr. Jason Keckley is extensively experienced in the planning, design, preparation, and placement of porcelain veneers to create smile improvements that range from subtle to transformative.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns
Although porcelain veneers and dental crowns can address both functional and aesthetic tooth imperfections, each type of restoration is used for a slightly different purpose. While thin porcelain veneers are primarily used to improve the superficial appearance of otherwise healthy teeth, porcelain crowns are more often used to strengthen teeth with badly damaged or decayed structure. When repairing teeth toward the back of the mouth or for patients who are prone to grinding or clenching, crowns are typically recommended, as they are more substantial and durable than dental veneers and cover the entire remaining portion of the tooth. Since porcelain veneers can achieve more natural-looking cosmetic improvements and require less tooth preparation than crowns, veneers are better suited for addressing aesthetic concerns related to the visible teeth at the front of the mouth.
How Does the Porcelain Veneers Process Work?
Dr. Keckley will start your consultation with a thorough evaluation of your dental health and smile appearance. Together you will discuss areas you would like to improve and determine whether porcelain veneers treatment is the right choice for accomplishing your aesthetic goals. Once you have decided to move forward with porcelain veneers, Dr. Keckley will take digital images of your teeth and plan the specific fabrication details of your veneers. These plans will then be sent to a master ceramist who will craft your veneers to Dr. Keckley’s specifications. When the veneers are ready, Dr. Keckley will typically prepare the teeth by removing a very thin layer of the tooth enamel to accommodate the thickness of the veneer. The porcelain veneers are then bonded to the teeth with a strong, long-lasting cement. Once applied, porcelain veneers are often virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, and with proper care, results can last for decades.
What Is the Best Way to Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
Good daily oral hygiene—brushing and flossing twice a day—is considered the number one way to protect and care for your veneers. For patients who habitually grind or clench their teeth, Dr. Keckley may recommend a nightguard to wear while you sleep to protect your new smile. Since biting down on exceptionally hard foods may harm your veneers, your dentist may advise you to avoid certain food items. Finally, professional teeth cleanings and twice-yearly oral exams give Dr. Keckley an opportunity to promptly detect problems that could shorten the lifespan of your porcelain veneers.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
The lifespan of porcelain veneers depends on a variety of factors that cannot be determined without a personal consultation. Since not all veneers and patients are alike, Dr. Keckley will assess your dental health and aesthetics during your consultation, and inform you about the potential lifespan of various veneers and materials.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Each porcelain veneers procedure is customized by Dr. Keckley to address the patient’s unique dental needs and aesthetic goals. Those considering veneers should be aware that there is no set cost for porcelain veneers due to the variable nature of the procedure. The number and location of the veneers, along with the type of material the restorations are crafted from, will all be considered when determining the total price of the procedure. If you are comparing the cost of veneers among several cosmetic dentists, it is important to remember that the experience of the dentist, as well as the geographic location of the practice, may impact the quote you receive. At the conclusion of your consultation, Dr. Keckley can provide you with the total cost of your custom-tailored procedure. For patients interested in a payment plan with low interest rates, we offer in-house dental financing options.
Contact Coronado Classic Dentistry
If you are interested in porcelain veneers, please contact our practice today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Keckley will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you decide if veneers are the right cosmetic option for you.