FAQ About Dental Veneers

FAQ About Dental VeneersFAQ About Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers are one of the cosmetic dental procedures that are very popular at ThoroughDent Smiles. As a Georgetown dental clinic, we have been responding to numerous questions that patients have asked about this procedure. Here is a collection of the most frequently asked questions together with their answers. Use this information to educate yourself about this procedure. Any other questions can be asked at a consultation!

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cemented onto the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance of the teeth. Veneers can serve a functional role, like when they are placed by the team at ThoroughDent Smiles to fix cavities.

What is Composite Bonding?

Composite bonding is a procedure that you can undergo instead of having veneers placed on your teeth. With composite bonding, a plastic filling material is “painted” onto your teeth and once it sets, the dentist shapes and polishes it so that your teeth can look visually appealing.

Between Composite Bonding and Porcelain Veneers, Which is Better for Me?

It is best to talk to Dr. Jordan Smith, a Georgetown KY dentist, about these two options. After evaluating your condition, the dentist will recommend the best alternative for your needs.

For example, if the defect is minor and your teeth work as they should, then composite bonding may be the best option for you. However, if the defect is serious, such as cracked teeth, then dental veneers may be the better option since they are stronger than composite bonding.

How Many Veneers Will I Need?

Call ThoroughDent Smiles and schedule a consultation so that one of our experienced dentists can examine you. From the observations made, you will be advised about the suitability and the number of veneers needed based on your condition. We usually recommend that you get veneers in even numbers, such as two, four, eight, or more for the best outcomes.

Dr. Kristina Neda or Dr. Jordan Smith will recommend the number of veneers needed to attain the best outcomes.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Once our team determines how the veneers will look, the process will be completed in two appointments. At ThoroughDent Smiles, we normally schedule those appointments 2 or 3 weeks apart. This is to give the external lab ample time to fabricate your custom veneers. After that, they will send them back to us for placement on your prepared teeth. While you wait for the permanent veneers, we will place temporary ones on the prepared teeth. This is so you don’t have to worry that the prep process will be repeated when you return.

How Durable Are Veneers?

In our experience at ThoroughDent Smiles, porcelain veneers can last for at least 10 years. The better you take care of them, the longer they will last. Porcelain veneers can develop problems sooner than the 10-year estimate if you fail to take proper care of your teeth. For example, it isn’t advisable to skip your dental cleanings at our office every six months after getting veneers. This is because you could develop tooth decay and affect the attachment of the veneers to your teeth.

How Can I Take Care of My Dental Veneers?

Dr. Jordan Smith, an emergency dentist in Georgetown KY, recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and also floss once every day. It is also a great idea to use a bite guard at night, especially if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding). This will protect the veneers from damage. If you can, use an electric toothbrush since those clean the teeth more thoroughly than a manual toothbrush can. You should also refrain from eating hard foods, such as almonds, since they can cause the veneers to crack.

Why Would I Need to Replace My Veneers?

Under normal circumstances, the porcelain used to make your veneers is so strong that it can’t break due to the normal stresses of eating. However, you may need replacement veneers if you develop gum recession if the current veneers were made while the roots of your teeth aren’t exposed. The new veneers will cover those exposed roots.

What is the Cost of Dental Veneers?

The cost of veneers varies from one dental office to another, with the cost ranging between $900 and $2500 for each veneer. The cost of a wax model and a bite guard is separate from the quoted cost of each veneer. If you are a new patient, you will need a full exam and x-rays before the veneers can be placed. Contact ThoroughDent Smiles and our experienced staff will take you through the specific costs that you may incur for this procedure.

Does Insurance Cover Porcelain Veneers?

In general, insurance companies rarely cover the cost of dental veneers since they are categorized as a cosmetic procedure. However, if you have a cracked or broken tooth, a large filling, a crown or you already had veneers, your insurance provider may cover the cost of getting veneers.

What Causes Such a Variation in the Cost of Dental Veneers?

Dr. Kristina Neda, one of the best dentists in Georgetown KY, explains that many factors contribute to causing a variation in the cost of veneers. For example, the skill level of the cosmetic dentist who places the veneers will affect the professional fees that you incur. Similarly, the lab used to fabricate the veneers affects the price of those veneers. Labs that specialize in making veneers are likely to charge more than a lab that doesn’t specialize in making these restorations. Making veneers is part science and part art, so variations in cost factors are normal.

Why Are Teeth Drilled Before Veneers Are Placed?

The purpose of any cosmetic procedure is to give outcomes that are as realistic as possible. Dr. Chris Green, a Parker CO dentist, explains that if veneers are placed without shaving off some material from the teeth, the teeth could look larger than normal. This would detract from their attractive appearance. Drilling or shaving off some material from the surface allows the porcelain layer to be placed without altering the size of the tooth. However, if you have small teeth and you want them to look larger, our team may place the veneers without drilling the natural tooth first.

What Should I Ask My Dentist Before Getting Dental Veneers?

It is advisable to ask your dentist to show you cases that are similar to yours that he or she has handled. You can also ask about the total number of patients that the dental office has handled over the years.  Find out whether the Georgetown dental clinic works with a specialized lab when making veneers. Specialized labs tend to make better veneers since they have nailed the process to a T. Remember to ask the dentist to explain how they can show you the likely treatment outcome before you get the permanent veneers.

Is It Possible to Preview Dental Veneers Before They Are Placed?

At ThoroughDent Smiles, we can prepare a digital smile preview using a photo of your face. We then process it using a specialized computer program. This preview gives you an excellent idea about how your smile will be transformed after the veneers are placed. Preparing this digital smile preview requires skill and equipment, so expect to incur a cost if you would like to view this smile preview. Contact ThoroughDent Smiles to learn what the application fee is at the time of your procedure.

Does It Hurt?

The process of getting dental veneers is virtually painless as it is done after a local anesthetic is administered. If you need just a few veneers, it is unlikely that you will experience any discomfort after the numbing agent wears off. For patients who need more veneers (8 or more, for example), Dr. Kristina Neda will prescribe OTC medication that you can take to alleviate that discomfort or mild pain.

Is Gum Contouring Needed During Veneering?

For many patients, gum contouring greatly improves their outcomes during the veneering process. At ThoroughDent Smiles, we perform gum contouring when such a step is needed to lengthen short teeth or bring symmetry to your smile. Dr. Jordan Smith will explain to you during your consultation regarding the necessity of gum contouring in your specific case.

If you think that you can benefit from having veneers placed on your teeth, contact ThoroughDent Smiles. Our experienced professionals are waiting to assess you and recommend the best way to improve your smile.