Hires Dental Care offers porcelain veneers to treat a variety of cosmetic and dental health concerns.
Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are durable and highly stain resistant, offering many years of beautiful smiles with proper dental care.
Porcelain veneers cover the front and sides of the teeth and can completely reshape your smile.
Porcelain veneers are often alternatives to dental crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions:
- Fix gaps between teeth
- Repair worn, chipped or broken teeth
- Improve the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth
- Change the shape or length of teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
The process for porcelain veneers begins with a comprehensive exam and consultation with your dentist at Hires Dental Care.
Porcelain veneers usually require two visits to complete the process, with little or no anesthesia required during the procedure. The teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. A mold or impression of the teeth is taken and a shade (color) will then be chosen by you and the dentist.
On the second visit the teeth will be cleansed with special liquids to achieve a durable bond. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a special light beam is used to harden and set the bond.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Our goal is for your porcelain veneers to last a lifetime. After several years, it is common to need some minor repair or maintenance. You can ensure long lasting veneers by maintaining a healthy diet, brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning and examination.
Resin veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Most patients will need a “touch up” procedure in about five years or less.
What are the pros and cons of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable and stain resistant. They also look and feel more like natural teeth compared to alternatives like lumineers or tooth bonding.
Some patients may be hesitant about porcelain veneers because they are an irreversible procedure. If this is a concern you share, we may suggest you try an alternative procedure like tooth bonding which requires little or no tooth preparation.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Patients often ask about the cost of veneers or how much a single tooth veneer costs. There are several factors that go into the price of veneers, the first of which is materials. Other factors include the size and location of the tooth as well as the cosmetic goals of treatment.