A beautiful, healthy smile conveys an open personality and confidence, but if you are self-conscious about your teeth, whether due to chipped or “short” teeth, discoloration, spacing issues, or other concerns, you may not feel comfortable smiling and could unintentionally leave others with a less favorable impression. If you’re dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth, state-of-the-art porcelain veneers from cosmetic dentist Dr. Arun Narang can correct many common types of damage and aesthetic concerns with long-lasting, natural-looking results.
For more information about porcelain veneers, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals, please contact us today.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a type of cosmetic dental procedure designed to improve the appearance of the smile. Each veneer is applied to the front-facing surface of the affected tooth to enhance its strength and form. The tooth is usually prepared by removing a thin layer of enamel, so this treatment is considered to be permanent. Porcelain veneers typically last a long time; however, should an issue occur, a veneer can be replaced by a skilled dentist with training in veneer placement. Veneers can be placed on one, several, or all of the visible teeth, depending on the patient’s needs and goals.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments for patients seeking to enhance the appearance of their smile. Customized to suit your anatomic needs and desired outcome, this procedure can be completed to suit your specifications in a relatively brief amount of time.
- Improvement in the appearance of worn down, “short,” uneven, or asymmetrical teeth
- Correction of gaps, spaces, chips, and alignment issues
- Improvement in stains and other types of tooth discoloration
- Resistant to future yellowing or staining
- Typically no downtime necessary after the procedure
- Enhanced structural support of weakened or cracked teeth
- Custom-made for the most natural fit and appearance possible
- Rejuvenated appearance of old crowns and bridges
Porcelain veneers from our experienced dentists are made of the highest-quality materials, and they will be designed to complement your natural facial features and provide lasting aesthetic enhancement. We strive to create results that everyone will notice but never look artificial, helping you feel comfortable and excited to smile confidently.
Am I good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Lots of people choose porcelain veneers to enhance their smile, but this procedure is not right for everyone. If you have one or more cosmetic concerns that can be addressed with this technique and want a permanent solution, porcelain veneers may be right for you. Dr. Narang or another of our experienced dentists will evaluate your oral concerns and provide guidance as to which method can offer the optimal outcome. As part of the porcelain veneers process, you will have a mock-up created of the final result before any treatment begins, so you can make adjustments as needed to attain the look you desire.
What to Expect From the Procedure
Your comfort during this process is of the utmost importance to us, and we will customize the procedure to suit your unique needs and goals. When you arrive for your initial consultation, Dr. Narang or one of our other skilled dental professionals will discuss the steps involved, answer questions, and address any concerns you may have. Additionally, he will offer you a chance to view before-and-after photos from our smile gallery to develop a better idea of what to expect from the results. This will also provide you with an opportunity to inform him of your tastes and indicate which outcome appeals most to you. From here, Dr. Narang will take digital photos of your teeth and discuss how the treatment can enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
Advancements in porcelain veneers have refined the procedure extensively, allowing us to gently reshape your original teeth with minimal filing necessary. We can then affix the veneers to match the shape, color, and translucency of your existing teeth to provide the most natural-looking and proportional outcome possible. Dr. Narang will do a mock-up or trial smile before he starts by taking moulds of the teeth, he will also take photographs. Dr. Narang will use the moulds to “wax-up” the teeth to mimic the new smile on the mould. This “Wax-up” mould will be shown to the patient before he even touches the teeth. This allows the patient to see how their smile would look like prior to preparing their teeth. Once approved, the mock-up will be utilized to engineer temporary veneers, which again will be tailored to your exacting specifications before the final result is completed. After making the final adjustments, the permanent veneers will be fabricated and attached. Because of the multi-step, advanced technique involved and the long-lasting effects, porcelain veneers typically are not reversible. Due to the durability, beauty, and exceptional customization possible with this method, many patients are delighted with the benefits and report a renewed sense of self-assurance.
How long does the whole process take?
We believe that high-quality and long-lasting results take a little more time to achieve. Placing porcelain veneers is a multi-step process, one that includes preparing a mock-up, prepping the teeth, placing temporary veneers, and then attaching the final porcelain veneers. We also do custom shade matching to get the best realistic results. In most cases this treatment can be completed in two or three visits. Due to this focus and attention, the outcome typically will be lasting, beautiful, and durable. We want you to smile confidently for life, which is why we are happy to “go the extra mile” when it comes to your dental care.
Does the procedure hurt?
Your care and comfort are our highest priorities, and we will make every effort to ensure you experience little to no discomfort. When the teeth are prepared, they will be minimally reshaped, and you will be numbed for the procedure. If you experience dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry techniques to help you feel more relaxed and calm throughout your experience. If you have any questions about what treatment will feel like, our friendly and knowledgeable team can provide more detailed answers over the phone or in person.
Porcelain Veneers Vs. Crowns
Some patients may be able to choose between a dental crown and a porcelain veneer. That said, porcelain veneers are typically used for cosmetic treatment and crowns for restorative procedures, although there are instances where the reverse can make sense. Porcelain veneers only require modifying the front surface of the tooth, while crowns are a more aggressive treatment. If the tooth is not too badly damaged and the main concern is aesthetics, a porcelain veneer may be suitable. In the event the tooth is weakened, damaged, or decayed, a crown will likely be the best course of action. Dental crowns are most commonly used to restore a tooth with decay too extensive for a filling, to preserve the tooth after a root canal, or to finish a dental implant after placement.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
How long your veneers will last depends on several considerations. We utilize the most advanced techniques, technology, and materials to provide a durable result that appears beautiful and natural for years. You should also take good care of your smile, including brushing and flossing regularly as well as visiting the dentist as recommended, to enjoy your veneers for as long as possible. Many people who follow these guidelines have porcelain veneers that for decades. We can provide a more specific estimate based on your lifestyle and treatment plan during your initial consultation.
Are there any alternatives to porcelain veneers?
If porcelain veneers are not ideal for your needs and goals, there are several other treatment options that could be effective, depending on your desired outcome. Teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, Invisalign®, and other advanced procedures can provide many of the same benefits and may be more affordable or more appropriate for you. We will be happy to go over all your options so you can make the best choice.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The price of porcelain veneers will depend on the complexity of your treatment plan, the number of veneers being used, and other factors unique to you. We will discuss all of your options during your initial consultation and develop a customized treatment plan based on a thorough oral evaluation and discussion of your goals. At that point, we will review the total estimated cost of your procedure for your convenience. We understand expenses can play a significant role in your decision-making process, and we want you to have all the details you need to make the right choice for you. For information about payment options and financing, our team will be happy to provide guidance and answer your questions.
If you have additional questions about porcelain veneers or want to schedule a consultation with our dentist, please contact our office today.