What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, durable restorations that are custom-crafted using high-quality, tooth-colored porcelain. A popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, porcelain veneers can dramatically enhance the smile by altering the color, shape, size, or length of the teeth. They can also provide a solution for various dental imperfections, such as discoloration, chips, and gaps.

At Schweitzer & Schweitzer, PC, all of our cosmetic dentists are prosthodontists who have been extensively trained in every aspect of porcelain veneers, from advanced smile planning techniques to expert veneer placement for long-lasting, natural-looking results. If you are interested in learning more about porcelain veneers, we invite you to examine the informative content we have provided below or contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

Whether you seek improvement in the appearance of one tooth, a series of teeth, or your entire smile, porcelain veneers may provide an effective aesthetic solution. Dental veneers are very thin, highly customized porcelain laminates that are bonded to the front side of teeth to enhance the appearance of their color, shape, size, length, and/or alignment. Unlike porcelain crowns, which require the removal of a significant portion of the tooth to accommodate the restoration, porcelain veneers allow for the conservation of more healthy tooth material, helping to preserve natural tooth structure and strength. Despite being relatively thin, veneers are fabricated from durable, stain-resistant, all-ceramic porcelain materials, and they can potentially last for upwards of a decade with proper care. Furthermore, today’s dental ceramics look more natural and realistic than ever before, closely mimicking the natural coloration and visual properties of beautiful, healthy teeth.

Who Is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Candidates for porcelain veneers often wish to address the following aesthetic concerns:

To be deemed eligible for porcelain veneers, patients should be in relatively good dental health. Those with severely damaged teeth, advanced periodontal disease, or other more serious concerns may be better suited for a restorative treatment, such as a dental crown or bridge, to encourage optimal tooth strength prior to undergoing a cosmetic procedure. If you are interested in porcelain veneers or one of our other options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at our practice.

My dentist recommended Dr. Dan when I recently lost my veneer. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The entire staff is awesome. They made an effort to fit me in, doing everything they could to help me work out the claim with insurance. All of my questions and concerns were answered without feeling like I was being rushed.

I was concerned about going to any doctor during the pandemic, but it was obvious Dr. Dan and his staff were going above and beyond to take precautions. I felt safe and protected the whole time.

Kelly Daisley

July 06, 2020


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What Does the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Involve?

The porcelain veneers procedure is a virtually painless process that is typically completed within a single visit – once your custom restorations have been fabricated at our on-site, state-of-the-art dental lab. With this in mind, the process may require two or three steps if your case is more complex (i.e., there are other oral health concerns to be addressed prior to veneer placement).

To begin the procedure, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth in order to make room for the veneer. The amount removed is usually equal to the thickness of the veneer that will be added to the tooth’s surface. Before the veneer is permanently attached, the tooth will be cleaned, polished, and etched to allow for a strong bonding process. A dental cement is applied to the veneer, which will then be placed on your tooth and secured with a special light beam. After the veneer is bonded, your dentist may make a few final adjustments, such as trimming excess material or perfecting the veneer’s shape.

What Are the Typical Results of Porcelain Veneers?

The versatility and aesthetics of porcelain veneers allow our dentists to accomplish stunning smile transformations that adhere to ideal standards of natural beauty and dental precision. As an added benefit, veneers can be cared for just like natural teeth, and no extra hygiene or maintenance (apart from regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental cleanings) is required. The remarkable, long-lasting results our patients have achieved with porcelain veneers are a testament to the expertise of our dentists and the exceptional quality of our dental lab.

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If you are considering veneers, we encourage you to explore before-and-after photographs of our patients’ porcelain veneers results to view examples of our dentists’ work. 

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

At our practice, the cost of porcelain veneers is contingent upon several factors, not limited to: 

Our skilled prosthodontists advise patients to consider veneers an investment for their smile. While higher-quality treatments are liable to cost a bit more, patients typically find the results more than worth the price – especially when the procedure is performed by a qualified oral health expert. After veneers are applied, our patients are generally thrilled with their new smile and gain a renewed sense of self-confidence. 

Contact Schweitzer & Schweitzer

To find out if porcelain veneers are the right option for you, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation. Together, you and your dentist will determine the best approach for improving the long-term health and appearance of your smile.

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