in Hedgesville WV
Porcelain veneers are a permanent, effective, aesthetic solution for many teeth. While they are not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, they provide the color and appearance of ideal, healthy teeth and are custom made to compliment your face and other teeth. Our porcelain veneers are bonded very tightly to the teeth they are protecting, and they can potentially last a lifetime if they are well taken care of. Our porcelain veneers are fabricated by only the most highly trained and experienced master ceramists, who specialize in creating the highest quality products. Composite resin veneers can be made through a similar process, or made directly in the mouth in a single visit. Come in for a consult, and find out which type of veneer would be best for you.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-shaped, and colored shells made of strong dental porcelain. These shells are affixed to the front surface of visible teeth. The purpose of this procedure is to improve the appearance of the smile. Each veneer is made to make the smile look brighter, younger, and more uniform.
What are the benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Several benefits can be achieved with porcelain veneer treatment. Some are physical and aesthetic and others are emotional. This process of modifying teeth is beneficial first because it is customized to each person. If you have one tooth that is small compared to those around it, that one tooth can be resized to bring more harmony to the smile. Veneers are versatile and, because they are sheaths that cover individual teeth, the treatment can address multiple problems at once.
Porcelain veneers are advantageous because dental porcelain is strong and also very lifelike. The material shines like natural enamel. Common concerns that are improved with this treatment include chips, stains, gaps, irregular shape, and poor alignment of a tooth. The results of the treatment can last for many years.
Undergoing treatment that leads to a more attractive smile offers significant cosmetic benefits, but there are also emotional rewards to be gained. Patients who address the concerns they have about the appearance of their smile typically feel much more confident and at ease with themselves in social and professional arenas.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers?
Many adults seek porcelain veneer treatment as a way to improve the appearance of their smile. It is important to undergo a thorough dental exam before getting porcelain veneers. This is because the procedure only makes cosmetic improvements. Serious cracks, decay, or other problems need to be repaired before porcelain shells are applied to teeth. After an exam, cleaning, and necessary repairs, most people are excellent candidates for this cosmetic treatment.
How is a porcelain veneer procedure performed?
It takes two appointments to complete the veneer process. During the initial appointment, the teeth are prepared to receive their new covers. First, the teeth are cleaned. Then, depending on the extent of treatment, teeth whitening may be done. Porcelain is stain-resistant and also cannot be bleached. Whitening surrounding teeth creates color uniformity before veneers are placed. After whitening, if treatment is performed, a shade guide is used to select the ideal veneer color to match natural enamel.
During this same appointment, the teeth are prepped for veneers through minor reduction. Usually, no more than .5 mm is carefully reduced from the surface of teeth that will be receiving veneers. This makes room for the veneer without making the tooth or teeth appear thicker. After teeth are reduced, an impression is taken. The impression creates a model of the teeth that are used in the dental lab to manufacture lifelike veneers. The fabrication process can take a week to 10 days, so temporary veneers may be applied for the interim.
When the veneers are ready, a second visit occurs. The color of the veneers is checked for a color match. Each veneer is temporarily placed to ensure proper size and fit. If needed, slight adjustments can be made to veneers. Once veneers are cosmetically acceptable to you and Dr. Smith, they are affixed to teeth with a long-term dental adhesive and you are ready to return to life with a brand-new smile.
"Dr. Smith and his team provide outstanding service. They show great compassion and are a true asset to the Hedgesville community. I highly recommend their dental services."- Mary
What is the recovery from porcelain veneers?
There is no need for downtime after getting porcelain veneers. Patients are typically able to resume normal activities immediately. Dr. Smith may recommend avoiding foods that require biting or a lot of chewing for a day or two. After porcelain veneers are affixed, some patients may notice mild tooth sensitivity, changes in speech, a change to chewing sensation, or change to the feel of the bite. These are minor issues that take a few days of adjustment if they are noticed at all. Within two weeks, the teeth should feel completely normal.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers is determined by several factors, the primary one being how many veneers are being made. Our consultation is thorough and includes thoughtful planning to achieve the best results for each patient. After your consultation, you will have clear direction regarding your proposed treatment protocol, including costs.