Porcelain veneers or dental veneers are thin customized, durable shells of tooth-colored materials that are used to cover the front surface of teeth through bonding, enhancing their appearance by changing their color, length, size, or shape. This cosmetic dentistry solution is a versatile option, that’s also long-lasting and is capable of instantly transforming the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Maybe you are considering cosmetic dentistry and trying to decide between porcelain veneers and another option. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions(FAQs) related to porcelain veneers.

Q. What Problems Do Porcelain Veneers Correct?

A. Porcelain veneers provide a solution for a variety of issues including:

  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Chipped, superficially cracked, or broken teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Oddly shaped, uneven, or misaligned
  • Gaps between teeth

Q. How Long Does the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Take?

A. Typically, it takes roughly three visits to the dentist to complete the procedure– one is the initial consultation,  two to make and prepare the veneers, and three is the application of the veneers.

Q. How are Porcelain Veneers Applied to Teeth?

A. Typically in the first visit, your original teeth are minimally reshaped and an impression is taken to create a mold. Customized porcelain veneers are constructed and patients usually get temporary veneers to test for two weeks after which feedback is gathered, taking into account the fit and look. This allows for changes to be made if needed before the permanent porcelain veneers are bonded to the front surface of each of your teeth using a tooth-colored cement.

Q. How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?

A. Porcelain veneers typically last roughly 5-10 years. You’ll be required to brush and floss regularly, and also visit your prosthodontist. Proper care of your veneers can extend their life. It’s generally recommended to get professional cleanings every 6 months, as well as annual dental exams.

Q. Will I Need Gum Contouring Before Veneer Application?

A. Every case is different and in some cases, contouring of the gums may be done to create symmetry and lengthen short teeth.

Q. What’s the Cost of Porcelain Veneers?

A. Location and the number of teeth that will be covered are key factors that help to determine the cost of veneers. However, the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, claims that traditional veneers, on average, can cost $925-$2,500 per tooth.

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Porcelain veneers could be just what you need to create a more beautiful and confident you. You can transform your smile with versatile porcelain veneers, whether you have a gap or chipped teeth. Book a professional consultation to discuss the pros and cons of porcelain veneers and get a clear understanding of what the process entails.

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