One of the most life changing cosmetic treatments we provide our patients at Arcadia Dental Arts is porcelain veneers. These custom made, incredibly thin shells are placed on the surface of each tooth and can completely change the color, shape and entire look of a smile.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
When you see your favorite Hollywood hunk or heroine flash their beautiful smile on the big screen, it’s likely you can thank porcelain veneers for it. In fact, veneers were created by a celebrity dentist in California in the 1920s just for that purpose. Now thanks to advances in dental medicine, anyone and everyone can have a smile that’s worthy of fame.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the front surface of the visible teeth. These shells can cover imperfections, damage, serious staining, or even be used to change the shape of a tooth. The concept of a dental veneer is no different than that of veneers in the furniture world, where a thin layer of expensive wood is placed over the lesser wood the piece is actually made of. The veneer makes the piece appear to be made from the higher quality wood. At Arcadia Dental Arts, Dr. Pappas only uses porcelain veneers because of their resemblance to natural tooth enamel. Each veneer is custom made for each patient.
The Concerns Porcelain Veneers Can Correct
Porcelain veneers are the perfect remedy for deeply discolored teeth that may have been the result of taking medications such as tetracycline as a child or darkened as a reaction to a root canal or other trauma. Because this discoloration is in the dentin, the bulk of the tooth mass located beneath the enamel, it is almost impossible to whiten with treatments such as hydrogen peroxide gel. Veneers can also correct broken or chipped teeth, and can align crooked or irregularly shaped teeth. Plus, they can mask gaps between teeth.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Porcelain Veneers?
Applying porcelain veneers to the fronts of your teeth is a cosmetic procedure; veneers cover any flaws or imperfections in your teeth and present a perfect smile to the world. But it’s important to note that these are only cosmetic improvements. Any serious decay, deep cracks, or other problems with your teeth and gums need to be addressed before Dr. Pappas can apply veneers. The teeth under the veneers may not be perfect aesthetically, but they need to be healthy.
What Is The Process For Placing Porcelain Veneers On My Teeth?
Getting veneers is a two-appointment process at Arcadia Dental Arts. During your first appointment, Dr. Pappas prepares your teeth for your veneers. First, we thoroughly clean your teeth. If you have serious staining, we may want to whiten your teeth first to return them to their original color. Dr. Pappas will then use a shade guide to determine the veneer color that is the best match to your natural tooth color.
Next, he prepares your teeth for their veneers. To do so, he shaves a tiny amount of enamel (from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm) off the front of the teeth receiving veneers. This creates room for the veneers to be placed on the teeth without making them thicker. When he has shaved off the enamel, the next step is to make impressions of your teeth. These are sent off to the dental lab to use when creating your custom veneers. This usually takes around one week, so in the meantime, Dr. Pappas places temporary veneers on your teeth.
When your porcelain veneers are ready, you return to Arcadia for your second appointment. Dr. Pappas first checks your veneers for color match and fit. He may shave off a slight bit here or there. Once both you and Dr. Pappas are satisfied, your porcelain veneers are permanently cemented onto your teeth and you’re finished. You can now show the world your perfect smile!
Caring For Your Veneers
Many people assume caring for veneers is a complicated process but it’s as easy as caring for your teeth before veneers. A proper daily routine of brushing and flossing effectively is the best care for your veneers. Visiting us at Arcadia Dental Arts twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams will help us help you keep your veneers looking great.
Avoid chewing on hard foods and other items as always is recommended for the health of your teeth to keep your veneers safe from any cracks or fractures. The good news is, even if one becomes damaged, it can easily be replaced without replacing the entire set.
To find out how porcelain veneers can give you a brand new smile, call our office at 602.957.9643 to schedule your consultation today.
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How Long Can I Expect My Veneers To Last?
Porcelain veneers are quite strong and durable — they can last up to 20 years. But they can also last as little as seven years. What will likely dictate the longevity is the health of the teeth with the veneers and the surrounding gum tissue. As long as your oral health is good, your veneers will have the best chance at lasting a long time.
It is important to understand that having veneers on your teeth is a lifetime arrangement. Because some of the enamel has to be removed to make room for the veneers, those teeth will always need to have a veneer covering them. So, when your veneers are reaching the end of their lifespan, you’ll need to have a new set created and placed onto your teeth.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers at Arcadia Dental Arts depends on how many teeth you plan on covering. Once we have the number of veneers you want to have, we can give you a precise estimate of the cost.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Porcelain Veneers?
Because porcelain veneers are considered an “aesthetic” procedure, most dental plans do not cover their cost. We do offer CareCredit financing, however.