Our teeth go through a lot of changes over the course of our lives. From shifting into place in our younger years to standing up to the trials of daily coffee and after-work wine, your teeth can lose their shine over time.
Over 80% of people would like to improve the overall look of their smile. The good news is that a new set of beautiful teeth isn’t out of reach! Porcelain veneers are thin, custom made pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that are bonded onto the front of your teeth. These veneers are the aesthetic equivalent to putting a new coat of paint on your house while also adding a layer of protective durability.
Veneers can completely reshape your smile overnight, changing the overall color of your teeth to a brilliant and stunning white. Not only can they completely change the color of your teeth, porcelain veneers can help fill gaps, lengthen, and even shorten teeth to perfectly match each other. Veneers are also extremely durable and can easily last for many years with little to no maintenance.
The process of getting veneers is usually done in just 1-2 visits, with little to no anesthesia required for the procedure. We prepare the teeth by lightly buffing the surface and shaping them to properly allow the veneer to fit in your mouth. We then take a mold of your teeth and create a custom set of veneers for you.
Porcelain veneers are perfect for:
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are a popular choice among Dr. Pearson’s patients for many reasons:
Stunning, natural-looking results
Dr. Pearson uses the finest materials to create results that look gorgeous and very natural. Porcelain resembles beautiful, healthy tooth enamel in both color and texture.
Customized to every patient’s unique qualities
Veneers are carefully customized to each patient’s unique smile, facial characteristics (e.g., hair and eye color, lips and facial shape) and overall style.
Can be placed relatively quickly
The placement process for porcelain veneers is normally quick and convenient, with little (if any) discomfort during the process.
Less invasive than other dental restorations
Unlike other dental restorations, veneers do not require the removal of a significant portion of tooth enamel. Teeth are lightly buffed and shaped to allow for the veneers.
Comfortable and durable
Dr. Pearson’s meticulous approach and attention to detail are apparent in the beautiful fit and comfortable feel of her patients’ veneers. With the proper care, veneers can last for many years; they are also stain-resistant.
Veneered teeth do not require special maintenance; they can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Veneers?
You may be a strong candidate for porcelain veneers if you meet the following qualifications:
- You want to fix cosmetically imperfect teeth (i.e., cracked, misshapen, discolored or stained teeth) and not to restore structurally compromised teeth.
- You have good oral health and are free from tooth decay or gum disease.
- Your teeth have enough enamel to support veneers.
- You do not have significant orthodontic problems — severely crooked or misaligned teeth can put pressure on veneers and damage them.
- You do not grind or clench your teeth at night; if you do, you are willing to wear a night guard to protect your veneers.
- You can commit to practicing good oral hygiene on a regular basis and scheduling regular dental appointments for exams and cleanings.
The best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for veneers is to discuss your needs in person with Dr. Pearson. Call or email us today to request a consultation.
Porcelain Veneers Treatment Details
The process of planning and placing veneers typically requires at least two dental appointments. If you have any oral health problems, such as gum disease or tooth decay, those issues will need to be treated before proceeding with veneers.
During the first veneer appointment, Dr. Pearson carefully buffs and reshapes the teeth receiving veneers so the thin shells of porcelain can fit over the teeth. She takes impressions of the prepared teeth and sends them to the laboratory to create the veneers, carefully ensuring the color matches that of your other teeth. It usually takes one to two weeks for the laboratory to create the veneers, and Dr. Pearson normally fits temporary veneers over the prepared teeth in the interim.
Once the permanent, customized veneers are ready, the second appointment is scheduled. Dr. Pearson removes the temporary veneers and places the permanent veneers. If the fit and color is good, she bonds them into place using a strong adhesive. As a final touch, Dr. Pearson polishes the veneers so they sparkle.
Porcelain Veneers Recovery
There may be a slight adjustment period when getting used to new veneers. But discomfort is very unusual during this time.
Veneers should be brushed and flossed like normal. If you know that you grind or clench your teeth at night, ask Dr. Pearson about getting fitted for a custom night guard. And if you play contact or collision sports, consider a safety guard.
Dental Veneers Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I could benefit from veneers?
If you are bothered by cosmetically imperfect teeth or a dull smile, you may consider getting one or more veneers. Veneers are a good solution for slightly chipped, misaligned, discolored or worn teeth. The restorations can also be used to cover up small spaces between the front teeth.
How many veneers do I need?
It depends on what you hope to achieve from treatment. Some patients opt to have one veneer placed over a single abnormal tooth; others choose to veneer all of the front teeth that show when smiling. The choice is up to you and Dr. Pearson.
Will my veneers match my other teeth?
Veneers should complement your natural teeth. If you desire a whiter smile, you may choose to get your veneers in a whiter shade than your natural teeth and then whiten your natural teeth so they match.
How do I know if I am not a good candidate for veneers?
If your teeth are structurally compromised or severely crooked or misaligned, you are probably not a good candidate for veneers. If you have extensive tooth decay or uncontrolled gum disease, you need to delay veneers treatment until those problems are addressed.
What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?
Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, and only cover the front surface of the teeth. Crowns are used for reconstructive purposes and cover the teeth like caps.
Is the placement process painful?
No. Getting veneers should not be painful because your mouth will be numb. After your appointments, you may have some mild soreness of your gums that can be easily controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Why do my teeth need to be reshaped before the veneers are placed?
If Dr. Pearson places a veneer over a tooth without removing some tooth structure, the veneered tooth may look overly thick or unnatural. She will use extreme care to only remove as much enamel as she needs to.
Can my veneered teeth get cavities?
The veneer itself cannot get a cavity, but the underlying tooth can. To prevent cavities, brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day, and floss once a day. See your dental team twice a year for professional cleanings and exams.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers are strong and durable restorations. With diligent brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, veneers can last up to 10 years. Protecting them from tooth grinding or clenching is also recommended to prolong their lifespan.
Contact Us To Learn More About Veneers
For more information about getting veneers, please contact Essentially Pure Dentistry and request a consultation with Dr. Pearson today.