When it comes to making changes to your smile, you have many options. Whether you have crooked teeth, teeth that are discolored, or other cosmetic concerns, dental veneers may be an effective way to achieve a whiter, more beautiful smile.
Philadelphia cosmetic and restorative dentist Dr. Pamela Doray uses dental veneers for subtle changes, as well as dramatic transformations. Depending on your specific needs and goals, Dr. Doray may use porcelain veneers, minimal-prep veneers, such as Lumineers, or composite resin veneers to cover the front of your teeth, giving you a whole new smile.
Dr. Doray will meet with you to evaluate your smile, discuss your cosmetic goals and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. While most patients are candidates for porcelain veneers, Dr. Doray will recommend the most suitable treatment option to ensure the best possible result.
Dental Veneers may be used to:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
Which Type of Dental Veneers Are Right For You?
There are several types of dental veneers available and Dr. Doray will recommend the best option for your circumstances.
Composite Resin Veneers
This type of dental veneer is made of tooth colored, biocompatible composite resin material, similar to that used for a dental filling. Composite resin veneers usually require little to no preparation of the teeth and are not as long-lasting as porcelain veneers, they can be an excellent interim cosmetic solution providing an improved smile for a number of years. Dr. Doray will apply the composite resin directly to the tooth and sculpt it into a natural shape for a virtually undetectable restoration.
A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth-like material. Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant and have similar light reflecting properties compared to natural teeth. They offer a longer-lasting cosmetic restoration of anterior teeth.
Lumineers & Other Ultra-Thin Veneers
A Lumineer is a type of porcelain veneer that requires little to no tooth preparation. Dr. Doray offers the Lumineer brand as well as other types of minimal prep porcelain veneers. Generally, Lumineers require fewer or shorter dental visits than traditional porcelain veneers.
Conventional Porcelain Veneers
There are several options for the material used for conventional porcelain veneers. Conventional veneers require more tooth preparation but are still much more conservative than full crown restorations. These restorations are ideal for cases requiring more significant cosmetic changes than an ultra-thin veneer allows.
About The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
Porcelain veneers typically take a few visits to complete. To begin, Dr. Doray will perform a comprehensive evaluation and consultation to determine which type of veneers are right for you.
Once the teeth have been optimally prepared for your veneers, Dr. Doray will take an impression so that your final restorations can be hand-crafted in one of Dr. Doray’s selected dental laboratories. For conventional porcelain veneers, Dr. Doray will make temporary veneers that serve 2 purposes: allowing you to preview or try on the veneers designed by Dr. Doray and also covering your teeth so that they will be comfortable and attractive while the porcelain veneers are being made.
In approximately 2–3 weeks, your porcelain veneers will be ready to be bonded to your teeth. Dr. Doray will evaluate the veneers for fit, shape, and color before bonding them to your teeth with special resin cement.
Porcelain Veneers Frequently Asked Questions
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Dental veneers can vary in price depending on the material used, the number of dental veneers to be placed and the complexity of the desired final smile design. Generally speaking, composite resin veneers and Lumineers are less expensive than conventional porcelain veneers. Prior to treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure including the porcelain veneer cost. We offer convenient payment options including interest-free financing through Care Credit for qualified patients.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Dr. Doray’s porcelain veneers are designed to look beautiful, feel natural, and last a long time. You can ensure this longevity by following through with a proper hygiene routine at home and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and examination.
Is the porcelain veneer procedure painful?
We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with porcelain veneers is comfortable and relaxed. Most of our patients watch movies or relaxation videos while we complete their treatment. It is possible for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following any treatment procedure. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment. In our office our goal is to make all of your visits painless and comfortable.