Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry technique that can dramatically improve the appearance of the teeth for a beautiful, youthful smile. With the versatility to address a wide range of tooth imperfections, porcelain veneers are a popular treatment among our patients at OC Lifesmiles. For patients considering porcelain veneers, our cosmetic dentist, John Cross, DDS, has compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the procedure. If you have further questions about porcelain veneers, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.
Q: Do I need porcelain veneers?
A: Candidates for porcelain veneers typically wish to correct the appearance of chips, cracks, stains or discoloration, spaces or gaps, and “short” or worn teeth. In some cases, veneers can even be used to correct mild misalignment. While other treatments, such as teeth whitening or Invisalign®, may address some of these concerns individually, porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who need to address a number of dental issues simultaneously. Some patients choose to use porcelain veneers as part of a larger smile makeover treatment.
Q: Are porcelain veneers or dental crowns best for me?
A: Porcelain crowns and veneers can be used to correct many of the same tooth imperfections. However, porcelain crowns are primarily designed to strengthen the structure of a tooth that has been compromised by damage or decay. Conversely, porcelain veneers are primarily designed to improve the appearance of the teeth. During the consultation process, Dr. Cross will perform an oral examination, discuss your goals, and help determine which procedure can best meet your needs.
Q: Will it hurt to get porcelain veneers?
A: Traditional veneer techniques require the cosmetic dentist to remove a small amount of the tooth’s natural structure in order to securely adhere the porcelain. At OC Lifesmiles, we use DURAthin® porcelain veneers, which typically require minimal tooth “prep”. Depending upon the patient’s dental needs and cosmetic goals, sometimes the veneers procedure can even be completed without anesthetic or tooth preparation. Our patients typically report very little discomfort and no pain during the veneers procedure.
Q: How will my teeth look after the porcelain veneers procedure?
A: DURAthin® porcelain veneers are custom-made and designed to match the shade of your natural teeth for a beautiful, consistent appearance. Since the porcelain material used to make the veneers has translucent properties, the final results can be virtually identical to the appearance of dental enamel. Porcelain veneers are designed to provide a natural-looking, youthful, beautiful smile.
Q: How much do porcelain veneers cost?
A: There is no set cost for the porcelain veneers procedure. The price of veneers is calculated using a number of variables, including the location of the affected teeth and the number of veneers needed. At the end of the consultation process, Dr. Cross can give you a quote for the cost of porcelain veneers. At OC Lifesmiles, we offer a number of financing options to provide patients with payment methods that can comfortably fit within their budget.
Q: How long will my porcelain veneers last?
A: Porcelain veneers can last for decades when cared for properly. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and scheduling routine exams with your dentist can help prolong the lifespan of your veneers. Dr. Cross also recommends patients who grind or clench their teeth wear a night guard when they sleep to protect the veneers from unnecessary damage.
If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile with porcelain veneers, contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cross.