What can porcelain veneers do for me?
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that are bonded to your teeth. They can reshape your teeth and give them a new visible surface, which means they can be used to correct:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Gaps in your smile
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Small or poorly shaped teeth
Short of a missing tooth, there is almost no cosmetic complaint porcelain veneers can’t fix.
How can I customize my porcelain veneers?
Some people think that after you get porcelain veneers your smile will look just like everyone else’s. Not true. You can customize your porcelain veneers by choosing the specific shape of your teeth, their exact color, and other aspects of your smile so that you get a smile that is both attractive and personal. You can even get back the smile you lost to injury or time.
Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Most people are good candidates for porcelain veneers. You have to have good oral health, especially in the teeth to be veneered. You should not have bite issues like TMJ or bruxism. And you should be committed to caring for your teeth and veneers.
How long does it take to get porcelain veneers?
The porcelain veneers process is very short. Once you commit to your treatment plan, it takes less than a month to get your veneers.
Are porcelain veneers painful to get?
No. For traditional porcelain veneers, only a small amount of tooth enamel is removed, typically less than half a millimeter, about 1/50th of an inch. Anesthesia is used during the process, and after your veneers are placed you can take over-the-counter pain medications to control any residual discomfort.
What do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers depends on your individual case. It is affected by the number of veneers you get, the type of veneers you choose, and how significantly we are changing your current smile. You will get a good estimate of the cost of your porcelain veneers before you commit to the process.
How long will porcelain veneers last?
Many people think porcelain veneers are fragile, but they’re actually very long-lasting. Studies show that about 95% of porcelain veneers are in place after ten years, if properly cared for.
How do I care for porcelain veneers?
Caring for porcelain veneers is pretty easy. Just brush and floss your teeth, make your regular dental appointments, and avoid bad habits that can damage your veneers, like chewing on pens, cracking ice, or using your teeth to open packages.
Are there side effects to porcelain veneers?
Most people with porcelain veneers report few side effects. Some people experience sensitivity to heat or cold.
Can I still eat my favorite foods with porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very durable, and they’re capable of handling all the foods you eat regularly, including hard or sticky foods. Note that this excludes things like ice, hard candies, and other foods that aren’t intended to be chewed.