Having a smile that you’d rather hide instead of show-off can cause your self-confidence to spiral and keep you from making new connections. At Dental Center of Midlothian, we want to unleash everyone’s smile potential, which is why we offer a variety of cosmetic services, including porcelain veneers. Dr. Philip Johnson is an experienced and dedicated cosmetic dentist that loves refreshing and renewing patients’ smiles. You don’t have to just accept that your smile doesn’t bring you joy, instead, let us craft it to match your desires and boost your confidence by scheduling a consultation today!
Dental veneers are thin, strong shells that are custom created to fit over the visible portion of your teeth to conceal a variety of imperfections. Porcelain is a non-porous material that is gentle on oral tissues and reflects light like your natural tooth enamel does, allowing veneers to look completely natural. Dr. Johnson can alter the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth with these shells to create a seamless and even smile.
Each veneer is custom crafted to Dr. Johnson’s specification to fix each unique tooth in your mouth. Because of this, the process typically takes course over three appointments. The first one will be a consultation, which allows us to discuss the process with you in detail and determine your desires for your smile. This is also a great time to ask us any questions if you have some!
Typically, it’s about two to four weeks until we’ll receive the shells from our lab. After we get your permanent veneers, we’ll call you in for your last appointment and bond each of your veneers. After making any necessary adjustments and a quick polishing, you’ll be all set!
Patients often choose veneers over other cosmetic procedures because they have the ability to fix many cosmetic imperfections including severely stained teeth, chipped and cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, as well as misaligned and misshapen teeth. Some other advantages that veneers can offer you include:
One great advantage of porcelain veneers is that they typically don’t require any special care unless specifically instructed by our team. To get the most out of your investment in a beautiful smile, we recommend keeping up with your oral hygiene routine by brushing twice each day and flossing at least once a day. This will also help keep your veneers bright and looking new. For any questions about how veneers can help you, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our website!
Now that you know all the benefits from getting veneers, you’ll probably want to know how much they’ll cost overall. This can vary from patient to patient, as everyone has different dental needs and smile goals. We typically won’t be able to determine the price until you schedule an initial consultation with us. However, it’s always a good idea to evaluate each of your treatment options when considering the cost of veneers in Midlothian. Keep reading to learn how veneers compare to other cosmetic procedures and ways to make them more affordable! Feel free to call us if you have any additional questions.
While you might be considering getting veneers to enhance your smile, it’s important to note your other available options. This is especially necessary when thinking of the long-term results and costs of treatment. Here are some of the most common cosmetic options:
Veneers are typically not covered by dental insurance, as they’re cosmetic procedures and not necessary like restorative ones. That’s why we’re proud to offer these options:
Feel free to call our office if you’d like to know more about the cost of veneers in Midlothian today!
Veneers remain one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry, which means we’re used to getting plenty of questions about the treatment, how it works, and whether it can meet the needs of our patients. Trust us when we say we are open to any questions you may have during your visit. You can also review some of the most common questions our office hears as well as our answers below for added convenience!
When creating veneers, one of our top priorities is making sure they match your visible teeth. That means you will receive an appropriate number of veneers to specifically accomplish this goal. As a result, many patients will receive roughly 6 to 8 veneers to ensure their smile is both beautiful and symmetrical. In other cases, as many as 10 to 12 are needed. In minor cases where a single tooth is broken or cracked, only one veneer may be required. No matter how many veneers are placed, you can expect it to take at least two appointments to complete.
Teeth whitening products (whether they are over-the-counter or professional-grade) will have no effect on veneers. If you want their color changed, they will need to be shaded or replaced instead. With that said, whitening treatment will still affect nearby teeth, which can cause their appearance to look brighter than your veneers (assuming you have whitening done after your veneers are bonded). This means you should consider whitening treatment first, then we can color-match your veneers to your natural enamel so they match the restorations that get placed onto your problematic teeth.
Prior to modifying enamel, we always numb the area surrounding the tooth to ensure no sensations are felt whatsoever during preparation. Once your temporary veneers are first attached, you may notice some sensitivity and post-treatment discomfort. This is more common when many veneers are attached in one sitting. While two to four veneers cause little to no discomfort, eight or more can lead to soreness in the gums and jaw. Some patients experience “bonding sensitivity” which refers to discomfort while biting down into hot or cold substances. Thankfully, this is temporary and can be managed by rinsing your mouth out with saltwater or taking painkillers.
If your tooth has decay and it has yet to be cleaned off, you should not receive cosmetic dentistry period, let alone veneers. The decay will only get worse the longer you wait to have it removed. It will also become far more difficult to treat. Additionally, if you have gum disease or bleeding or swollen gums, the impressions necessary to create your veneers will not come out properly. Receding gums can also reveal the margin of the veneer, making it far more noticeable. Those who have bruxism (or a chronic teeth grinding habit) may also want to reconsider veneers as it can cause the bonding material to fail (as well as the veneers to chip).