Porcelain veneers (also called dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are extremely thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance.
Porcelain veneers are used to change the size, color, shape or length of teeth. They are a popular, painless solution for a chipped tooth, gaps, gummy smiles and other issues patients wish to address.
Mark C. Marchbanks D.D.S. provides patients with porcelain veneers in Arlington, TX. Consultation always starts by explaining key information to help make the best choice for patients on a case-by-case basis. Keep reading and you’ll find the questions Dr. Marchbanks gets most along with their answers, all straight from Dr. Marchbanks himself.
What are the pros and cons of veneers?
Veneers have more pros today than ever. Until recently, the procedure required removing a thin layer of enamel (the outermost layer of your tooth). Today, however, dental veneers are bonded without removing any enamel or altering the natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are natural and beautiful-looking. They’ve grown in popularity recently as the technology to fit and design veneers perfectly (to each patient’s facial symmetry and style) has been further developed.
As anyone who received porcelain veneers in Arlington, TX can attest, the procedure is painless and the results are stunning. That said, the process does require at least two visits to the dentist along with an assessment of the patient’s bite to ensure the veneer won’t be broken by pressure from surrounding teeth. All of this and more will be evaluated at your first appointment if you choose to explore porcelain veneers.
Are veneers permanent?
Porcelain veneers can easily last between 10-15 years, but this will depend on each patient’s dental habits. The better you take care of your mouth, the longer your veneers will last. You can see our guide on veneers to see what proper care looks like.
Will porcelain veneers look like normal teeth?
Dental veneers have been around since 1928, and since then they’ve developed quite a lot. Today, the procedure doesn’t alter the natural tooth at all. And with the detailed process of creating impressions and matching the veneer to the perfect shade for your smile, porcelain veneers today blend in beautifully with natural teeth.
Simply put, if you haven’t noticed someone with dental veneers, that’s a credit to how natural they look—because we can almost guarantee you’ve seen someone who has them!
Are veneers worth the cost?
When looking at the pros and cons, the question always comes down to: are veneers worth it? Because the process is quick and painless, the real cost to consider is how much you spend in getting them. Veneers are a cosmetic procedure, so it will depend on your dental plan what portion might be covered.
At our office, Dr. Marchbanks asks patients what their reasons are for looking at veneers in the first place. No one should feel embarrassed by their smile. In virtually every case, if a porcelain veneer can correct something that bothers you, then the dental veneer is absolutely “worth it.” Have a question that wasn’t answered here? Are you curious to see if your smile could come a little more naturally with corrective dental veneers? Start the conversation with us today!