Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Fulbright, and his dental team at our practice provide beautiful porcelain veneers from which patients can have their smiles transformed with remarkable results. Veneers allow our dentists to completely cover chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth and give patients brand new smiles in just two office visits. Many patients who have had porcelain veneers placed at our office have enjoyed life-changing results. Our dentists are happy to meet with you and discuss your options for getting the smile of your dreams.
- What Are Porcelain Veneers?
- Porcelain Veneers Vs. Crowns
- Porcelain Veneers Process
- Porcelain Veneers Cost
- Porcelain Veneers Care
- Porcelain Veneers Results
WHAT ARE PORCELAIN VENEERS?
Veneers are tiny, thin, shells of porcelain that cover the front of a tooth and conceal chips, cracks, misalignment, and discoloration. Veneers are indistinguishable from natural teeth, since they are made of multilayered translucent porcelain and custom-designed for each individual patient. For patients whose teeth are broken, crooked, or discolored, our dentists can solve these problems quickly and easily with MAC™, da Vinci™, or another brand of porcelain veneers. To see the smiles of our patients who have had these problems and others treated with veneers, visit our Fulbright Smile Gallery.
PORCELAIN VENEERS VS. CROWNS
Porcelain veneers and custom dental crowns each offer significant advantages for patients who need functional or aesthetic improvement for their teeth. With that in mind, there are also some important distinctions between these treatments that can make one more ideal than the other in certain cases. A veneer is designed to cover only the visible portion of a tooth, rather than the entire tooth. Veneers are typically more useful for teeth that do not need excessive structural repair to address heavy damage or decay. In fact, while veneers can help improve the function of teeth, they are often primarily utilized for patients who are trying to enhance the appearance of the affected teeth.
On the other hand, a dental crown covers the entire tooth, rather than just a portion of it. This treatment is typically better for patients who have teeth that show signs of excessive damage, decay, and structural weakness. A customized dental crown is precisely designed to provide results that look, feel, and function like a natural tooth. It is place over the affected tooth with a strong dental cement that, with the proper care, allows for long-lasting, often permanent results. Dental crowns can strengthen damaged teeth and protect them from further weakness, potentially even saving the tooth from extraction. A common procedure on its own, dental crowns also serve as the final step in dental implant and root canal treatments.
Our dentist will talk with you about your options during your initial consultation and determine whether a porcelain veneer or a dental crown will be more ideal for your needs.
THE PORCELAIN VENEERS PROCESS
Our dentists place porcelain veneers right here in our office. The placement process for porcelain veneers is virtually painless, and it only takes two office visits. In the first visit, the dentist administers a local anesthetic, and he or she gently shaves away a small portion of the tooth to accommodate the veneer. Next, the dentist makes a mold of the teeth and mouth. The dentist sends this mold to a dental laboratory where lab technicians will custom-design the veneers to blend flawlessly with the patient’s surrounding teeth. Finally, the dentist places temporary veneers, which patients wear until the permanent ones are ready – usually about two to three weeks.
When the permanent porcelain veneers are ready, the patient returns to our office for the second visit to have the veneers bonded to the teeth. In this visit, the dentist first administers a local anesthetic. Next, the dentist gently removes the temporary veneers. The dentist then carefully bonds the permanent veneers to the teeth using strong dental cement, making sure they fit comfortably. Finally, the dentist buffs the veneers to a shine.
Once in place, porcelain veneers look and feel completely natural, and they can last a lifetime with minimal maintenance. Many patients also elect to undergo professional teeth whitening before their porcelain veneers have been placed.
PORCELAIN VENEERS COST
The overall cost of porcelain veneers treatment ultimately depends on each patient’s unique treatment plan. The number of veneers necessary to achieve your goals, the complexity of the procedure, the location of the teeth that are being treated, and other factors will be taken into account. Our practice accepts a wide range of payment methods and we offer a variety of dental financing options to help make the payment process as convenient as possible.
PORCELAIN VENEERS CARE
Aside from regular brushing and flossing, porcelain veneers do not require any kind of special maintenance. That said, it is important that you take steps to avoid grinding or clenching your teeth so that the veneers are not subject to excessive amounts of pressure on a regular basis.
PORCELAIN VENEERS RESULTS
One of the major benefits of porcelain veneers is the potential longevity of results. Many patients who take proper care of their teeth experience the results of porcelain veneers for decades.
At the practice of Michael Fulbright, D.D.S., our dentists can help you achieve amazing results while keeping you comfortable and relaxed throughout treatment. To learn more about smile makeover options, including porcelain veneers, contact Michael Fulbright, D.D.S.