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Porcelain Veneers

smilinglady2Stained, crooked, misaligned, or chipped teeth can often be easily fixed with porcelain veneers. In a process known as “instant orthodontics,” cosmetic dentist Colin Morton, DDS uses porcelain veneers to change the shape, length, and alignment of teeth to create a beautiful smile. Using strong, thin layers of porcelain, Dr. Morton is able to effectively conceal both major and minor imperfections in your teeth. The process is simple and can be completed in as little as two visits. For those individuals who don’t want to spend years caring for braces, porcelain veneers can often be used to not only change the shape of their teeth, but also to close gaps between teeth and correct misalignment.

Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic dentistry treatment that may be able to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. If you are interested in this popular dental care option, we encourage you to continuing reading the information provided below, or contact our practice today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Morton.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very thin, translucent shells that are affixed to the front surfaces of teeth to conceal a variety of cosmetic dental concerns. Due to the porcelain material’s durability and realistic look, veneers offer patients a natural-looking smile enhancement that can last many years when proper oral hygiene habits are maintained.

What Dental Concerns Can Porcelain Veneers Treat?

Based on each patient’s unique needs and smile goals, porcelain veneers can be utilized to mask the following aesthetic dental concerns:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Yellowing and other discoloration
  • Tooth misalignment
  • Minor gaps between teeth
  • Uneven or asymmetric tooth shape

Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns

Although porcelain veneers and dental crowns can both be used to enhance the appearance of one’s smile, the two treatments are typically utilized to address different issues. Porcelain veneers are placed on the front surface of the tooth, effectively hiding cosmetic issues underneath with limited impact on the structure or integrity of the tooth itself. Contrarily, dental crowns are designed to cover the entire tooth, helping to restore form and function to teeth that have been affected by decay, severe damage, or root canal therapy. In addition, porcelain dental crowns can be affixed to the tip of dental implants when replacing missing teeth. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Morton can help you decide which treatment would be most appropriate for your specific needs.

Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers®

Porcelain veneers and Lumineers® are similar in many ways—they are both designed to hide tooth-related aesthetic concerns like chips, stains, gaps, and misalignments, and they each offer durable, long-lasting results with no additional maintenance apart from routine oral care. The key difference between the two treatments is the tooth preparation necessary for placement. With traditional porcelain veneers, a tiny amount of enamel will need to be removed from the tooth before securing the veneer for an optimal fit. In contrast, Lumineers® do not require the removal of any tooth enamel before placement. This is due to their thinner design, which is approximately as thick as a contact lens.

While a lack of tooth preparation is appealing to some patients, a potential drawback of Lumineers® is that they may feel and appear somewhat bulkier than regular porcelain veneers since they are placed overtop of unaltered teeth. On the other hand, traditional veneers are typically able to create an exceptionally natural look and feel due to the customized tooth reshaping completed prior to their placement, which allows the veneer to be bonded without appearing bulky or disproportionately large.

What Is the Porcelain Veneers Process Like?

smilinglady2Stained, crooked, misaligned, or chipped teeth can often be easily fixed with porcelain veneers. In a process known as “instant orthodontics,” cosmetic dentist Colin Morton, DDS uses porcelain veneers to change the shape, length, and alignment of teeth to create a beautiful smile. Using strong, thin layers of porcelain, Dr. Morton is able to effectively conceal both major and minor imperfections in your teeth. The process is simple and can be completed in as little as two visits. For those individuals who don’t want to spend years caring for braces, porcelain veneers can often be used to not only change the shape of their teeth, but also to close gaps between teeth and correct misalignment.
Porcelain veneers are typically applied in two stages. First, Dr. Morton will prepare your teeth for the veneers placement. This requires the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for the veneers. During the second stage, which occurs after the veneers have been crafted to meet your individual needs, they are applied and adjusted to ensure a natural-looking, beautiful result. The final outcome can be a white, straight, even smile that you are proud to put on display.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

The price of porcelain veneers is based on several different factors unique to every individual. Some of the most common elements that can influence the expense of treatment include how many veneers are placed, whether or not any dental work is required prior to treatment, and the expertise of the cosmetic dentist. As a result, a specific price quote for veneers can only be provided during an in-person consultation. For more detailed information on this topic, please visit our page dedicated to the cost of porcelain veneers.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

When porcelain veneers are properly cared for, they can last for several years. In fact, many patients enjoy the beautiful smile achieved with veneers for multiple decades. As an added benefit, the porcelain material is resistant to stains, so the color of your veneers will not be affected by coffee, tea, red wine, and other foods and beverages known to discolor teeth over time.

How Do I Care for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are very durable, so you can eat and drink as you normally would. You will still need to follow proper dental hygiene habits and receive regular dental checkups and cleanings to keep the veneers strong and looking their best. For most patients, Dr. Morton recommends brushing and flossing daily, as well as visiting our office for a professional cleaning at least twice annually.

Can Porcelain Veneers Be Removed?

The porcelain veneers procedure is not reversible because of the thin layer of enamel that is removed to accommodate their placement.

Are Dental Veneers an Alternative to Braces?

In some cases of minor misalignment, veneers can be used as an alternative to braces. This process is commonly referred to as “instant orthodontics.” The best way to find out if this option is right for you is to consult with a cosmetic dentist.

Schedule an Appointment

If you are interested in this dental procedure and would like to learn more, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Morton. He will be happy to discuss your goals and help you determine whether or not porcelain veneers would be ideal for your unique needs.

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