Achieve a stunning smile
Perfect teeth are a rarity. Most people have something wrong with the appearance of their teeth: stains, chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, or uneven teeth. Fixing these issues structurally can be a daunting and expensive task. But they can be addressed cosmetically with porcelain veneers… with stunning results.
Contact Peters Dental Associates today to schedule your consultation to see if veneers are right for you.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded onto the front surfaces of the teeth to cover up any imperfections and dramatically improve the patient’s smile. At Peters Dental Associates, we provide porcelain veneers to completely reshape and beautify a patient’s smile.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
As long as the patient’s teeth are in overall good health, porcelain veneers offer a solution to various dental imperfections without extended treatment times and at a lower cost. Veneers are used to conceal crooked, chipped, misshapen, or severely stained or yellowed teeth. And they can do all this in just two visits to our office.
What can I expect during my porcelain veneer procedure?
During your first visit, your teeth are prepared for the veneers. About ½ millimeter of enamel is removed from each tooth to receive a veneer. This is needed to make room for the veneers. This also makes a good adhesive surface for the veneers to attach to. Impressions are then taken of your teeth with the removed enamel; these will be the blueprint for the dental laboratory to create your veneers.
Since it usually takes one to two weeks to fabricate veneers, if your teeth look very unsightly after the removal of the enamel, we can provide temporary veneers.
When your veneers are ready, you return for your second office visit. Dr. Peters then checks each veneer for size and color match with the adjacent natural teeth. Some trimming may be necessary. Once satisfied with their fit, the veneers are bonded onto your teeth.
Once the procedure is completed, Dr. Peters will provide you with care instructions for your new veneers. Veneers usually last up to 10 years, at which time they can be replaced with a new set if needed.
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How Long Do They Last?
Your porcelain veneers can last from seven to 20 years. The lifespan can be dictated by changes with the underlying teeth or surrounding gum tissue. Usually if a veneer happens to detach, find it and bring it in and Dr. Peters can usually re-bond it to the tooth.
One thing you need to remember about the duration of your veneers, however, is that they involve a lifetime commitment. Because we remove a thin amount of your tooth enamel to make room for the veneers, those teeth need to have either a veneer or a crown on them for the duration. So, once your current set of veneers reaches its lifespan, you’ll need to have new veneers applied.
How Do I Take Care Of My Veneers?
Normal brushing (with a non-abrasive toothpaste) and flossing are all that is required for maintenance of your veneers.
How Strong Are My Porcelain Veneers? Do I have To Watch What I Eat?
Your porcelain veneers are very strong, but you should still use common sense with some foods. Biting into candy apples or opening pistachios with a veneered tooth could be asking for it to be pulled off. Otherwise, just about all foods are fine. Depending upon your bite Dr. Peters may recommend a nightguard to protect your veneers.
Do They Stain?
Dental porcelain is highly resistant to staining, far more than natural tooth enamel or composite resin. For that reason, before we place porcelain veneers, Dr. Peters usually likes to have the patient’s teeth whitened. This will bring the teeth back to their natural original color and we match the porcelain color to that.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover The Cost Of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are considered to be a “cosmetic” procedure, so they are not covered by dental insurance. Of course, if you have a health savings account, that money can be used to pay for your veneers.