Porcelain veneers are considered a stand-out treatment in cosmetic dentistry. Unmatched in natural-looking beauty and durability, porcelain veneers have the potential to dramatically enhance the appearance of your entire smile. Dr. Mark Griffiths, our highly skilled cosmetic dentist, places porcelain veneers at our Bankers Hill practice for patients seeking a conservative solution to minor tooth imperfections.
- What are Porcelain Veneers?
- Porcelain Veneers Candidates
- Porcelain Veneers Process
- Porcelain Veneers Results
- Porcelain Veneers Cost
“Being a retired dentist after 40 years in the business, and also being an Accredited Member and Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as an Examiner for both Accreditation and Fellowship, I have seen the work of many dentists applying for these prestigious achievements. Dr Griffiths has all the skills necessary to take care of his patients. He also has an incredible staff to help him. I am sure that anyone seeking excellent dental care at a reasonable price will be most happy with this office.”
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is an ultra-thin shell custom-designed to restore the proportions of a full, healthy tooth. It is bonded to the front of a tooth using a strong cement, thereby working to mask common cosmetic concerns such as gaps, chips, cracks, and staining. With dental porcelain closely resembling the appearance of enamel, a porcelain veneer should look and feel like a natural tooth.
Who is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be an ideal treatment for patients who wish to improve:
- Gaps or uneven spacing between teeth
- Deep staining and discoloration
- Misaligned or short teeth
- Teeth that appear chipped, short, or worn
The best candidates for treatment include individuals whose concerns are primarily cosmetic in nature. If you experience more functional issues, such as difficulty biting or decayed teeth, a dental crown may be a more beneficial restoration for your needs.
How is Treatment with Porcelain Veneers Performed?
The porcelain veneer process is typically completed in two appointments. First, the affected tooth is prepared for treatment by buffing and mildly reshaping the surface of the tooth. This is necessary to allow a natural fit for your veneer. Dr. Griffiths will then take an impression of your teeth and select a matching tooth shade to help ensure your veneer blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. The impressions are sent to a dental lab, where your porcelain veneer is custom-crafted by a ceramist. On your second visit, Dr. Griffiths will cleanse your tooth and prepare it for bonding. The porcelain veneer is then bonded to the affected tooth using a special light designed to complete the dental bond.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are considered long-lasting restorations and should provide a beautiful result well into the future; however, they are not lifetime devices and may require replacement due to chipping, fracture, or tooth decay. Good oral hygiene is critical to prolonging the lifespan of porcelain veneers, as well as minimizing stress on the veneers, routine brushing, flossing, and semi-annual oral examinations. These measures will vastly increase their longevity.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
On average, porcelain veneers usually cost between $1,200 and $2,800 per tooth. Your cost estimate will ultimately depend on the details of your procedure, such as:
- The type of veneer selected
- The amount of tooth preparation necessary
- Dental lab fees
Our team will be able to provide you with a personalized quote after your needs are assessed by Dr. Griffiths. We accept dental financing plans for qualified patients through CareCredit®, a widely utilized healthcare lending company that can help you manage out-of-pocket expenses. If you have any questions about porcelain veneers or your potential payment options, please contact Griffiths Smiles today.