Do your teeth have cracks, chips, or stains that you’d like to eliminate? If you said yes, then veneers may be the choice for you. Dr. Heffelfinger can create customized porcelain veneers to conceal minor dental imperfections such as these, and more, in just one office visit.
Dental Veneers and Their Benefits
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain, designed to fit over your natural tooth to conceal a range of minor imperfections. Many people, including well-known celebrities, choose veneers to create their ideal smile because they’re so versatile and natural-looking.
Since they’re made from porcelain, they mimic the translucence and shine of natural teeth, to blend in with your smile. Veneers are also a more conservative alternative to porcelain crowns for some types of dental issues because they require minimal preparation of the natural tooth.
The Dental Veneers Process
The process to get veneers starts with a consultation with Dr. Heffelfinger to discuss your goals for the procedure. During this visit, you’ll receive a thorough examination of your smile to ensure veneers are the right option for you, and so Dr. Heffelfinger can customize your treatment to fit your needs. If you decide they’re right for you, you’ll then be scheduled to have your veneers placed.
In most cases, the placement process can be completed in a single office visit. During this appointment, Dr. Heffelfinger will begin by preparing the teeth that will receive veneers by removing a thin layer of enamel. This allows enough room for the veneer to look natural. He’ll also pick the right color of porcelain so they blend in flawlessly with the rest of your smile.
Next, he’ll take digital impressions of your prepared teeth so the veneers can be custom-crafted. At Smiles for Life, we use a digital smile design and treatment planning system for you and Dr. Heffelfinger to see how your smile will look before the veneers are placed.
Once your veneers have been created, Dr. Heffelfinger will bond them to your teeth. Any excess dental cement will be removed, and any necessary adjustments will be made so your smile is dazzling.
Candidates for Veneers
Anyone who has dental flaws they’d like to correct can be a good candidate for veneers. Veneers are ideal for covering hard to treat stains that don’t respond well to teeth whitening treatments. They can be used to conceal other types of issues including cracks and chips, as well as minor misalignments and to fill in slight gaps.
Ideal candidates will also have good overall oral health and sufficient tooth enamel to support the veneers. If you have gum disease, Dr. Heffelfinger will likely recommend treating it first before placing porcelain veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions
In most cases, the area will be numb and most patients feel no pain during the veneers procedure. You may feel some soreness around the gums or jaw, especially if several veneers have been placed, but many patients feel no discomfort at all after the numbness subsides. If you do experience pain, over-the-counter pain medications typically work well to relieve it.
Veneers usually last about 5-10 years but with proper care, they may last much longer. Veneers can be cared for just like your natural teeth. This means regular brushing and flossing at home, as well as regular checkups and professional cleanings at our office.
Although rare, it’s possible for your veneer to become damaged or even fall off. First, don’t panic. Try to save the veneer if possible. Do not try to use any type of adhesive to reattach it yourself. Call Dr. Hefflelfinger’s office right away and we’ll get you in as soon as possible to have it reattached. In the meantime, your tooth may be sensitive, so it’s a good idea to avoid cold foods or liquids.
The cost of your porcelain veneers will vary depending on how many you need and your specific treatment plan. The best way to find out how much your veneers will cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heffelfinger. During this appointment, we’ll also discuss all of our payment and financing options that can help make your treatment fit your budget.
Porcelain veneers are a versatile treatment option that can help give many people the ideal smile they desire. Because they can be used to conceal so many types of dental imperfections and they look so natural, many people choose veneers for their comprehensive smile makeovers.
We encourage anyone who is considering porcelain veneers to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heffelfinger. He’ll examine your smile, speak with you about your goals and concerns, and help you decide if veneers or a different treatment is right for you.