Porcelain veneers can be used for subtle changes or dramatic transformations. A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth-like material that is bonded to the front of teeth. Dr. Alla Brown offers porcelain veneers to patients who want to improve the beauty, health, or function of their teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Before & After
Dr. Brown restored this patient's smile using a combination of porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns.
Porcelain veneers are used for a number of cosmetic and functional concerns including:
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Repairing chipped or broken teeth
- Covering stained or discolored teeth
In some cases, porcelain veneers can be used to correct the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth and help you avoid orthodontic treatment.
Process For Porcelain Veneers
The process for porcelain veneers takes place over several visits:
Consultation & Evaluation - Each patient starts their treatment with a comprehensive evaluation from Dr. Brown. The dentist will inspect your teeth, gums and mouth and determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. Next, she will create a treatment plan that outlines your specific process.
Preparation - Next, Dr. Brown will prepare the tooth or teeth to accommodate the porcelain veneers. A small amount of the natural tooth structure will need to be removed to allow the porcelain veneers to fit properly inside your mouth. She will take an impression of the teeth that will be used to create the porcelain veneers.
Provisional Dental Veneers - Typically, provisional dental veneers are placed over the teeth to keep them protected while the permanent dental veneers are being made at a dental laboratory. The provisional dental veneers would be made of plastic and temporarily sealed to the front of the teeth.
Final Fit & Cementation - Because of the comprehensive planning up front, the final visit is relatively short and predicable. Dr. Brown will try on the porcelain veneers and check them for fit, shape and color. The dentist will make any minor adjustments if needed before permanently bonding the porcelain veneers to the teeth.
After Care - Porcelain veneers require some special care. Dr. Brown will review instructions with you and show you how to floss and brush the dental veneers. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are important to ensure long term health and proper fit. Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant and will look bright for years to come.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of veneers depends on several things including the health and condition of your teeth, the number of veneers you need and the type of veneer we select. Dr. Brown will evaluate your smile and make the recommendation that is best for you. We will review all treatment costs before you make your final decision.
Are there any alternatives to porcelain veneers?
Some patients who have minor concerns or those who aren't ready for veneers may be able to have tooth bonding. This procedure is less expensive, but not as long lasting.
What about Lumineers?
Lumineers are a type of minimal prep porcelain veneer, meaning little or no tooth enamel is removed before the veneers are placed. This type of restoration is not right for everyone. Dr. Brown will evaluate your smile to determine if a no-prep veneer is right for you.