Natural Looking Aesthetics
There is arguably no treatment in cosmetic dentistry as versatile and transformative as porcelain veneers. At Scripps Center for Dental Care, our accredited cosmetic dentists routinely use porcelain veneers as the foundation for the most dramatic smile makeovers, creating bright, vibrant, flawless smiles that look completely natural. In terms of their durability and realistic appearance, porcelain veneers are simply unmatched among cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Whether you are looking to treat a single tooth or make over your entire smile, porcelain veneers offer a potentially ideal solution. For further information about porcelain veneers, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are thin sheets of ceramic glass that are shaped to fit over your teeth, offering a natural-looking option for concealing cracks, chips, discoloration, and other cosmetic flaws. We also offer porcelain veneers as an alternative to more time-consuming orthodontic treatment methods; our dentists often use veneers as a form of “instant orthodontics” to fix minor gaps and misalignment. For our patients who desire more comprehensive smile makeover results, our dental specialists often combine porcelain veneers with other cosmetic dentistry options such as teeth whitening. With porcelain veneers, you can have a stunning smile in as little as two office visits.
The key to the realistic appearance of veneers lies in the light reflecting properties of porcelain. Like natural tooth enamel, porcelain is translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting it. When this high-grade porcelain is custom-crafted to complement the size, shape, color, and texture of surrounding natural teeth, it is virtually indistinguishable from enamel. To achieve optimal aesthetic results, our cosmetic dentists work with the world’s leading ceramists accredited in cosmetic ceramic restorations.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular and conservative cosmetic treatments due in part to the many benefits they offer. Some examples include:
- Durable and long lasting due to stronger porcelain materials now available
- Beautiful, natural-looking results due to “contact lens” effect
- Address a wide range of cosmetic concerns (gaps, cracks, stains, discoloration, enamel erosion, gummy smiles, misalignment, and more)
- Minimally invasive procedure; in many cases, no grinding is needed
Porcelain veneers require a small amount of tooth reshaping to achieve a natural-looking outcome, which makes this procedure permanent. If you’re looking for a more temporary solution, this treatment may not be the best choice for you. We will discuss your options in full at your initial consultation, so you can make an informed choice.
Why Choose Us for Your Porcelain Veneers?
At Scripps Center for Dental Care, we utilize AACD accredited cosmetic ceramists because they have the training and skill to provide unsurpassed results. Achieving accredited status requires a lab to follow an exacting protocol, complete continuing education, and dedicate itself to producing an exceptional outcome every time. The beauty and durability of your smile is in the hands of these dedicated professionals, which is why choosing an AACD accredited laboratory is a major factor in the final appearance of your smile.
The Veneer Placement Process
The first step in the process of placing porcelain veneers is a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists. During this consultation, we will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for veneers. Using advanced digital imaging technology, we can create a mockup of your smile so that you can preview what you may look like after treatment. This smile design can help you decide whether porcelain veneers are the right choice for you.
Once it is determined that you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, a digital impression of your teeth will be made and sent to our master cosmetic ceramist, who will custom craft veneers according to precise specifications provided by our office. Temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth to protect them while your porcelain veneers are being hand-crafted. You will return to our office for a second visit once your porcelain veneers are ready, and we will bond them to the front surfaces of your teeth. You will leave this second appointment with a beautifully restored smile that will last for years with proper maintenance.
- Smile Design
- Final Placement
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
By using the highest-quality materials and craftsmanship, porcelain veneers can last 15 years, 20 years, or even longer. You can help extend the duration of your veneers with maintaining excellent oral care habits, wearing bite guard at night, and visiting the dentist as recommended. When the need for a replacement arrives, we can help you exchange the veneers, so you never have to go without your smile.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The price of porcelain veneers will depend on how many teeth you want to correct, the complexity of your cosmetic program, and other factors unique to you. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers can cost around $2,000 for each veneer, which includes cosmetic evaluation , custom smile design, and temporaries while waiting for lab work. We always discuss the costs associated with your procedure before getting started. We customize every treatment plan to the patient’s needs and desired outcome. If you would like to consider financing options, we work with reputable lenders and offer split payments in certain cases. We are happy to provide additional information during your appointment.
Getting veneers done with Dr John Weston at Scripps Center for Dental was one the best decisions I have ever made. I did it well over a decade ago and I am still happy with the results. Dr Weston and his team are the best of the best.
April 11, 2018
Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers
In addition to porcelain dental veneers, we offer composite resin veneers. Both options offer unique benefits, and helping you select the ideal approach for your needs and goals is our primary objective. One of the many advantages of using composite resin is the quick treatment process. Composite veneers can be placed in a single appointment and they can be repaired if broken, while porcelain veneers require two visits and must be replaced if chipped or cracked. An additional advantage of using composite veneers is a typically lower cost of treatment. It’s important to remember that composite veneers generally cannot achieve the same natural-looking effect as porcelain, and they are more likely to develop stains from certain foods, beverages, and lifestyle habits.
Both composite and porcelain veneers can provide long-lasting results with good oral hygiene and care, although porcelain typically lasts several years longer than composite. Depending on the patient’s unique requirements and cosmetic goals, combining techniques may also be possible.
Another potential alternative to porcelain veneers are dental crowns; however, this method is rarely recommended as it’s a much less conservative approach to smile enhancement. If you have additional questions about any of these options, our skilled dentists will be happy to provide information tailored to your needs during your initial consultation.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
Some of the most commonly asked questions about porcelain veneers are answered below. If you would like to know more, we invite you to contact our practice and schedule a consultation.
How strong are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are incredibly thin, but that does not make them weak or fragile. Once bonded in place, they are incredibly strong. We don’t recommend using your teeth as tools (with or without veneers) to cut things, open packages, or pop bottles, but veneers are very resistant to chips, cracks, and temperature changes. So if you’d like, go ahead and enjoy a hot cup of tea with a bowl of ice cream.
How do I care for my porcelain veneers?
How you treat your smile will determine in part how long it lasts. We advise patients to brush twice daily and floss once daily as usual, as well as to attend regular checkups with the dentist. If you notice anything amiss about your veneers, contact us right away so that we might address the concern as quickly as possible. Wearing a bite guard when prescribed is a must if you want your veneers to last.
Does insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Although porcelain veneers can be used to bolster the strength of a mildly damaged tooth, veneers are typically considered a cosmetic treatment, and are therefore not covered by dental insurance plans. We always recommend talking with your agent to confirm coverage before a procedure.
Do porcelain veneers stain?
One of the many benefits of porcelain veneers is their resistance to staining. Porcelain is a non-porous material, so foods and beverages associated with staining teeth (red wine, tea, coffee, berries) usually can’t penetrate veneers. It never hurts to be cautious, but you shouldn’t expect the veneers to change color.
Can porcelain veneers be whitened?
For the same reason that porcelain veneers are resistant to staining—they are non-porous—they cannot be whitened using traditional bleaching products. We recommend whitening any teeth that are not being treated with veneers prior to having your veneers placed to ensure they all look seamless together.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers or schedule a consultation, contact Scripps Center for Dental Care today.