Take it from us – These celebs didn’t get their spectacular smiles naturally. With our porcelain veneers, you too can dazzle like a star.
When should you consider veneers?
Common imperfections of the teeth, such as uneven, worn margins, colored restorations, minor fractures, prominent pits, gaps, and permanent staining can compromise the overall appearance of the smile. This is why many of us shy away from fully exposing our smile in social gatherings.
If you’ve ever felt your confidence shatter because of a less-than-perfect smile, then veneers are the perfect treatment for you.
Types of Dental Veneers?
The world of modern dentistry is rapidly evolving. With new technology comes newer, more refined techniques that replace older methods and materials. While there may be variations from practice to practice, there are usually two main types of veneers that you can choose from.
- Composite Veneers
- Porcelain Veneers
Composite Veneers: Composite Veneers are easily more popular of the two because they are cheaper, and they guarantee a complete smile makeover in a single visit. Another benefit of opting for composite veneers is that they do not require the trimming down of natural teeth, or the need to use anesthesia. A resin-based tooth-colored restorative material is used in small increments to reshape the tooth, or to cover the visible imperfections – thus revealing a more attractive, flawless smile.
Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain Veneers on the other hand are fabricated outside of the mouth using smooth, hardened ceramic that is bonded on to the front surfaces of the teeth. This requires a certain amount of natural tooth structure to be trimmed down to make space for the cementation of the veneers. Porcelain veneers are more expensive as compared to their composite counterparts, and do require a couple of visits before you can flaunt a brand new smile – they are well worth it.
What type of problem do veneers fix?
As long as the problem isn’t giving you any functional or bite-related issues, there are chances that it can effectively be covered and concealed with the help of veneers. Some of the most common problems that can be solved with a veneering treatment include:
- Gaps between teeth, also known as dental diastemas
- Old discolored or silver restorations
- Uneven margins resulting from abrasive tooth wear
- Prominent pits on the facial surfaces of the teeth
- Minor fractures resulting from trauma
- Certain congenital deformities related to the development of the Enamel and Dentin, or those resulting in the uneven shape and size of the teeth
- Permanently stained or discolored teeth
Why choose veneers over bonding?
Bonding is a technique where a tooth-colored resin-based restorative material is applied on to the tooth in the form of layers to either cover visible imperfections, or to reshape it, thus making it more aesthetically appealing.
It rarely ever requires any tooth preparation, and can easily be achieved within minutes in a single visit. However, the ‘superficial’ nature of this technique makes it more prone to chips and dislodgement, which of course can easily be repaired at the office.
Porcelain veneers are preferred over resin bonding for the following reasons:
- They can last for over a decade, and much longer if cared for and maintained properly.
- The quality and highly polished surface of porcelain veneers makes them significantly better looking than composite bonded veneers.
- They can correct multiple dental flaws and are more natural-looking.
- They resist staining and can be replaced if broken or dislodged
Why Choose MV Dental Art?
We at MV Dental Art always stay up to date with the rapidly changing world of dental technology. This is why our practices, techniques, and the materials we use are all backed by latest research and trial-based scientific findings. From simplest filling procedures to complete smile makeover treatments, we focus on giving our patients the very best in terms of:
- Permanent or long-term solutions to their dental concerns
- Pain and stress management
- Less chair-time and fewer office visits
- Addressing and treating multiple dental issues simultaneously
- State-of-the-art technology that allows for easy mapping of the procedures
- Top-of-the-line materials and dental equipment to ensure treatment longevity
- Treatments that focus on functionality as well as aesthetic restoration of the smile
What are the steps if you choose to do Veneers with us?
If you’ve made the decision to get a whole new porcelain veneer smile makeover with us, you can finally bid farewell to all those low-esteem and confidence issues. Here’s what to expect:
Step 1 – Consultation and Tooth Prep:
When you visit us for your very first appointment, we will go over the procedure and its different phases with you. We’ll address any concerns, questions or queries you may have along the way. One of the most important aspects of this appointment will be to understand your expectation from the treatment, and to make you aware of all the changes that come with it. Once we have come to the conclusion that veneering is the right option for you – we’ll proceed to tooth prep.
Tooth preparation involves the slight trimming down of all the teeth that will be fitted with veneers. These are typically the teeth that get exposed when you smile. They must be reduced to a certain height so that the veneers can be cemented on top of them without appearing too bulky or artificial. Once the desired tooth preparation has been done, a digital scan is taken to record fine details of the teeth.
You will then receive a temporary veneer or cover for your teeth while you wait for the porcelain laminates to get fabricated.
Step 2 – Veneer Design and Fabrication:
Porcelain veneers are designed and fabricated at a dental laboratory based on the 3D scan, and other findings noted by the cosmetic dental surgeon. High quality, polished ceramic is used to create thin shells that will cover the facial surfaces of the prepared teeth. Newer technology and equipment have made it easier to create the most accurately sized laminates possible.
Step 3 – Veneer Placement and Cementation:
When you finally return to the office, you will get to go back home with the smile you’ve always wanted and deserved. First, the temporary veneers will be removed along with any adhesive debris to leave a clean surface for the new laminates. Next, the porcelain shells will be placed on the prepared teeth with the help of a strong dental cement. Finally, towards the end of the appointment, the veneers will be polished to give your teeth that gorgeous natural-looking smile.
- What is the cost of getting porcelain veneers?
The cost of getting porcelain dental veneers varies from practice to practice in the USA. Typically, a single porcelain tooth laminate can cost you anywhere between $900 to $2500 per tooth.
- How painful is the veneering treatment?
The tooth preparation phase of dental veneering can cause a certain degree of discomfort in patients, which is why we at MV Dental Art administer local anesthesia before initiating this step. This ensures a comfortable, stress-free, and pain-free experience for the patients. The veneers themselves do not hurt at all.
- What if I don’t want to trim down my natural teeth?
If you do not wish to trim down the natural structure of your teeth, you can look into composite veneers, or direct dental bonding. This treatment also guarantees a smile makeover, but without any tooth preparation. However, it is a temporary fix and does not last as long as porcelain veneers do.
- How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers can last for 10-15 years if cared for and maintained properly. You will have to avoid biting into certain foods and keeping your oral hygiene routine in top shape to ensure the longevity of your veneers.
- Are there any dietary restrictions that come with having porcelain veneers?
It is important to understand that porcelain veneers are very delicate when compared to natural enamel. Your cosmetic dental surgeon will advise you to steer clear of food that can dislodge or break the laminate when bitten into, or chewed. Hard and sticky foods can easily break off or chip your veneers.