Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of your smile by covering the tooth with a custom made, a wafer-thin shell that aligns with the contour and color of your teeth.
You’ll benefit from getting porcelain veneers because they:
The process involves a simple cosmetic procedure by Dr. Leitner and is usually complete within three appointments.
During the initial visit, Dr. Leitner will examine your gums and teeth to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will then make impressions of your mouth and teeth and possibly take X-raysHe will reshape the surface of the tooth and trim the enamel. Dr. Leitner will discuss the advantages and limitations of the procedure and explain what is to be expected.
During the second appointment, Dr. Leitner will trim and color the veneer to match your smile. He will clean and etch your tooth to create a good surface for the veneer to stick. Then, Dr. Leitner will bond the veneer to the tooth using special cement.
Once the tooth is properly positioned, Dr. Leitner will shine a special light onto the veneer to harden the bonding agent. Dr. Leitner will then remove any excess cement and make final adjustments to the veneer.
During the follow-up appointment, Dr. Leitner will check your gums to assess how they are responding to the procedure. He will also assess the integrity of the veneer to ensure it hasn’t shifted and isn’t loose. Dr. Leitner will then answer any last questions you may have and discuss proper care.
Ideal candidates for veneers:
With proper care, veneers last an average of 10-15 years. Where you fall within the range is dependent on your diet and lifestyle.
Hard foods and extreme sports may put you at risk of damaging your new smile. Wearing a mouthguard during sports and addressing teeth grinding will help maintain your new pearly whites. It’s also a good idea to avoid opening containers with your teeth and always maintain a healthy oral hygiene schedule by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once.
Veneers are considered a permanent procedure because tooth enamel is etched in order for the veneer to be placed. Unfortunately, they do not last forever and usually need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years. They can only be removed and adhered by a dentist so if you chip your veneer or it falls off, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
On average, veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth. The cost depends on how many teeth will be getting veneers as well as other specifics of your treatment plan. For an accurate estimate, schedule a consultation and we can decide what’s right for you.
Unlike your regular teeth, veneers are very stain resistant. However, after many years of wear, they can become stained or discolored. It’s important to note that you cannot whiten veneers with a whitening treatment. If you’re considering whitening your teeth, that should be done prior to getting veneers, unless you’re getting veneers on all of your front teeth.
Practicing good hygiene and visiting the dentist for routine cleanings will decrease the risk of cavities and tooth decay.
Dr. Leitner will match the color of the veneer to the rest of the teeth.
Your diet will not be affected, however, chewing on hard objects such as ice may increase your risk of cracking or chipping the veneer.
Dr. Leitner and his staff are focused on achieving your dental goals. Veneers may help to restore the smile you’ve been longing for. Fill out the contact page, or give us a call at 616-842-2850 to begin your journey toward a healthier smile.