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.
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 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 treatment process involves a genuine collaboration between you and our dental team. It’s important to remember that our cosmetic dentist is a true Smile Designer. Dr. Fulbright is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and is extensively trained and experienced with porcelain veneer procedures. Our entire dental team sincerely understands the profound effect this particular treatment can have on someone’s life and their unique smile. With porcelain veneers, we change lives… one smile at a time!
The first step in the porcelain veneers process involves a Smile Design consult with Dr. Fulbright, pre-treatment photo and video production, and the creation of digital records. This stage will ultimately form the foundation of your treatment plan.
During this visit, you will meet with our Master Ceramist, Sam Lee, CDT, MDC, who will ultimately create a custom diagnostic wax-up of your teeth to use as a model for the creation of the veneer(s). During this consultation, our Master Ceramist will review your photos and go over aspects of the treatment such as shade-matching and contour.
Your third visit is your “preparation” appointment. Dr. Fulbright will perform a minimal reshaping of the tooth being treated in order to provide the best fit for the custom veneer. Then, a final digital impression will be taken, and a prototype veneer will be placed on the tooth. This unique stage of the process makes it possible for you to “test” your new smile, allowing us to identify and implement any corrections that may be necessary to provide you with the smile of your dreams in just a few short weeks.
On your fourth visit, the prototype will be removed and we will place the final version of the custom veneer on the affected tooth. The veneer will be sealed to the tooth with a durable, resin-bonded cement.
During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to ensure that the treatment is meeting your expectations. We will also conduct a studio photo session to capture your winning new smile!
Once in place, porcelain veneers look and feel completely natural, and they can last for decades with minimal maintenance. Many patients also elect to undergo professional teeth whitening before their porcelain veneers have been placed. Our dentist will talk with you about all of your options during the initial consultation.
Sandra talks about the longevity of her veneers and the confidence
boost she’s received since the procedure
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.
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.
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.