If chips, cracks, stains, gaps, misalignment, or other aesthetic imperfections have compromised your smile’s beauty, we invite you to consider porcelain veneers from Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry. Our cosmetic dentists—Drs. John Coleman and John Coleman, III—are highly trained and experienced in the design and placement of porcelain veneers, and consistently achieve outstanding results for their patients. Porcelain veneers can allow you to transform the appearance of your teeth to create the gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted.
Having a good understanding of what traditional porcelain veneers and no-prep veneers can do for your smile can help you determine if this treatment is a suitable option. To assist you in the decision-making process, Dr. Coleman and Dr. John have provided informative sections below that are designed to answer commonly asked questions about these popular procedures. For additional information, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.
Relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. Coleman Dentistry provides excellent service and comprehensive dental care. I have been a patient for several years and have had major work done including six veneers. Both doctors have an excellent chair side manner and are very knowledgeable. They will always keep you informed as to what they are doing while performing work and will give you many treatment options. Their work is top notch!
May 30, 2011
- What Are Porcelain Veneers?
- What Are No-Prep Veneers?
- Porcelain Veneer Candidates
- Comfort During the Porcelain Veneers Procedure
- Porcelain Veneers Procedure
- Length of the Porcelain Veneers Procedure
- Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Veneer Care
- Porcelain Veneers Cost
- Porcelain Veneer Alternatives
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Made from thin shells of custom-crafted porcelain, veneers cover imperfections on the visible front side of teeth and create a uniform smile. Veneers can refresh any smile by altering the size, color, or shape of teeth. In just a couple of visits, our cosmetic dentists at Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry can change your smile and your self-image with veneers.
What Are No-Prep Veneers?
No-prep veneers—also called non-prep, prepless, or minimal-prep veneers—are ultra-thin porcelain veneers that require very little, if any, removal of enamel to prepare the tooth and accommodate the veneer. No-prep veneers have changed the smiles of many Hollywood stars and they are available to you at Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry. Not all patients are good candidates for prepless veneers, and your dentist can evaluate your smile to determine if this treatment is well suited to your needs and goals. In certain cases, no-prep veneers can potentially be removed to return to the original smile later in life.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Both traditional porcelain veneers and no-prep veneers can provide excellent results for patients (with good to moderate oral health) who want to change the appearance of their smiles. Prepless veneers require less tooth reduction and can address many of the same concerns as traditional veneers. That said, this treatment is not for everyone. One of the primary concerns for determining if non-prep veneers are appropriate is the bite alignment. In many cases, if you are a candidate for Invisalign® you may also be a candidate for no-prep veneers. An evaluation is the best way to decide which technique can work best for you.
Do Porcelain Veneers Hurt?
Your comfort is a primary concern for our team. Porcelain veneers do require some reshaping (filing) of the teeth, but you will be numbed with a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort during this procedure. Most patients report no pain at all. Once the treatment is complete, you can take an over-the-counter medication to enhance your recovery as the anesthetic wears off. When the final veneers are cemented into place, you will again be anesthetized for the best experience possible. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we offer sedation dentistry options to help put you at greater ease.
What Can I Expect During the Porcelain Veneers Procedure?
During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth and take impressions for our dental lab. A talented ceramist will handcraft your veneers with fine dental porcelain that reflects light like natural tooth enamel. The dentist will place temporary veneers on your teeth at that first visit so that you can preview and “test drive” your new smile. At the next visit, your dentist will remove the temporaries, permanently bond your veneers in place, and make adjustments if required.
How Long Does the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Take?
Both no-prep and traditional porcelain veneers are a two-step process, so you will have to return to our practice for the follow-up in which we place the final veneers and complete your smile restoration. In the first stage the teeth are prepped, and you will leave the office with temporary veneers. The length of the appointment will depend on how many veneers you have placed. The second appointment often takes place one to two weeks later.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
How long veneers last has as much to do with how you treat them as it does the quality of the materials and precision of the treatment. With good oral hygiene, porcelain veneers can last at least 10 years and they have the potential to last a lifetime. Maintaining a good oral hygiene regimen can help you get the most out of your cosmetic procedure, as well as keep your natural teeth looking beautiful and free from damage.
How Do I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
Just like with your natural teeth, brushing and flossing every day are important to preserving the strength and quality of your dental veneers. It’s also important to visit the dentist at regular intervals and maintain a healthy diet. Be careful not to brush too vigorously, as this can cause abrasions and gum recession. We can provide tips on the best brushing and flossing practices during your visit.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The average cost for porcelain veneers at Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry is typically $1,495 to $1,795 depending on the extent of each patient’s cosmetic dental needs. Costs can fluctuate from patient to patient, so to find out how much your custom porcelain veneers treatment plan would cost we encourage you to schedule a consultation. Factors that can impact porcelain veneers pricing can include the type of veneers you want, the material/process used to fabricate the veneers, the number of veneers you require, and any additional dental treatments that are necessary to improve your oral health prior to veneer placement. At the end of your consultation, you can receive a full estimate for your personalized treatment plan. Our knowledgeable office team can discuss the details of your quote, accepted payment options, treatment scheduling, and 24-month no-interest financing available to qualified applicants. We are always available to answer any questions you have!
Are There Any Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers I Can Consider?
If porcelain veneers are not the right option for you, there are other treatment choices you can consider. Cosmetic bonding offers an affordable way to minimize the appearance of chips and cracks. Teeth whitening can help brighten a smile. Invisalign® can improve bite alignment and straighten a smile. Sometimes, more than one of these techniques can be combined for more comprehensive aesthetic enhancement. This procedure is known as smile makeover.
Considering porcelain veneers? Contact Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and learn more about this incredible treatment.