Whether they are used for subtle changes or a dramatic transformation, porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that cover teeth to close gaps and eliminate imperfections. If you have teeth that are stained, chipped, cracked, or misshapen, porcelain veneers may be right for you. They are small, individual additions cemented to the front of certain teeth to make them look much more attractive and as natural as possible to the original look of a person’s enamel. They’re relatively quick to apply and they greatly enhance a person’s overall smile.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can offer a smile makeover that is natural-looking, personalized to your appearance, and existing teeth. They can greatly improve the look of an individual’s teeth when applied by a professionally trained cosmetic dentist. The high-quality ceramic material provides stain resistance and long-term durability that is not found in alternative cosmetic treatments such as tooth bonding. Dr. Grapevine will take into consideration all aspects of your smile, including the function and fit of your bite. Your personalized treatment plan will address your aesthetic goals as well as any underlying dental health concerns that may affect the integrity of your results.
These dental veneers can be brushed, flossed, and rinsed just like normal, original teeth. A toothbrush can be used without any chance of eroding either the enamel or the porcelain on top of the teeth. They can easily have a longevity of ten years or more after first being applied. They can also withstand the hardest amount of chewing pressure including biting into apples, raw carrots and all types of peanuts and hard seeds.
What To Expect: Porcelain Veneers
Veneers require three visits to design, create, and place. First, the patient’s tooth structure is formed into an adhesive mold. Next, temporary veneers are cemented in place. Finally, at the third dental visit, the temporary veneers are removed and the permanent ones are firmly cemented into place over the existing, specific teeth.
Here is what you can expect:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning: Dr. Grapevine will start with an examination of your teeth and smile. He will take photos and impressions of your teeth so you can see your new created smile before we actually start. This is where your desires and expectations are voiced and heard so we can deliver the smile you have always wanted.
- Preparation: Dr Grapevine will conservatively remove a minimal amount of enamel, about 1/2 millimeter from each tooth receiving a veneer, and then custom temporary veneers will be made. Many of our temporaries are mistaken for the final permanent veneers by others. This procedure may require some local anesthesia. We will take a custom impression and then send your impressions to a trusted lab were they will hand make each veneer according to our specifications for your smile. The veneers will be ready in two to three weeks.
- Cementation: We will remove the temporaries and then place the veneers on the teeth. We will check the fit and color of the veneers and once they have met your approval, we will clean the teeth and bond the veneers on permanently.
- Follow Up Care and Maintenance: You will return one to two weeks and the final cementation for a follow up visit. Brush and floss normally and use a non-abrasive toothpaste to keep your teeth and the veneers clean. Good home care will ensure optimal durability and appearance.
Let us know if you clench or grind your teeth. We may suggest a night guard to protect your veneers.
Porcelain Veneers Before & After
Dr. Grapevine is dedicated to providing natural-looking porcelain restorations that are designed to be comfortable and long-lasting.
See more porcelain veneers before and after in our Smile Gallery
Our Patients Say It Best
“Dr. Grapevine went beyond my wants and gave me a better smile I never thought possible. He boosted my self-esteem and my smile is ten times better than before. I never wanted to show my teeth and now I cannot stop smiling and I am always looking at my teeth.”
Frequently Asked Questions: Porcelain Veneers
Do porcelain veneers look natural?
Absolutely! Veneers are made of dental porcelain that reflects light like natural tooth enamel, so they look and feel completely natural. Dr. Grapevine designs veneers so that they are virtually undetectable – no one will know you have them, but they will notice your stunning smile!
How long do porcelain veneers last?
With proper care, veneers can brighten your smile for well over a decade or much longer. There are highly resistant to stains from food, beverages, and tobacco so your smile will stay beautiful. Veneers come in many qualities, styles, shapes, and shades. Visit with us about the options that will work best for you.
What are the alternatives to porcelain veneers?
In addition to porcelain veneers, Dr. Grapevine offers Lumineers and cosmetic bonding. These alternative treatments are great for patients who simply have minor concerns, budget considerations or are concerned about removing healthy tooth structure.