Porcelain veneers are made of ultra-thin, high-quality ceramic material for superior durability and a natural appearance. They are placed directly on the tooth surface to correct a variety of cosmetic and dental health concerns. Porcelain veneers provide a permanent, lasting and natural looking solution and can be a part of creating the smile makeover you have always dreamed of.
Dr. Spink brings his expertise as an experienced cosmetic dentist to the creation of a personalized treatment plan for placing porcelain veneers in his Vestavia Hills dentist office. One of the few local dentists who are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dr. Spink has been providing smile makeovers for patients in the Birmingham area for over 30 years.
Porcelain Veneer vs. Dental Crown
While crowns and veneers are a very similar type of restoration, there are a few key differences. One of the main differences between crowns and veneers is that a dental crown covers the entire tooth, while a dental veneer only covers the front and sides of a tooth.
Veneers are commonly used to:
Fix gaps between teeth
Repair chipped or broken teeth
Improve the appearance of crooked or misshaped teeth
Change the shape or length of teeth
Cover stained or discolored teeth
"All the staff treat me cordially and are friendly. I always feel that I am much more than “just another patient” to them."Testimonial 10
"Dr. Spink’s waiting room is never overcrowded, so the wait time is usually very minimal. The waiting room is very clean and comfortable, so even a small wait is pleasant. The staff is always friendly and greets you by name…not because they’ve read it off a chart, but because they really know who you are!"Testimonial 9
"I love EVERYTHING about this staff- their warm hospitality- their excellent dental services-their personal interest in the results of their services, and because I enjoy having the confidence that I could find no better dental care anywhere in the world!"Testimonial 8
"Everyone is so kind and thoughtful! I tend to get very nervous and anxious at my dental appointments. The staff makes me feel at ease-they are always very caring, very professional. Dr. Spink is extremely gentle and reassuring. He explains what he is doing and always tries to make me feel very comfortable. The office is always meticulously clean and very pleasant."Testimonial 6
Porcelain Veneers What to Expect
Porcelain veneers generally take 2 – 3 visits to complete. After a comprehensive evaluation and consultation Dr. Spink will prepare the teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from each tooth. An impression will be taken and you will be fitted with temporary veneers while your final restorations are being created.
In approximately 2–3 weeks, your new porcelain veneers will be ready to be permanently attached to your teeth. After the dentist checks the fit and color and both you and the dentist are satisfied, a special bonding cement will be used to secure the porcelain veneers to your teeth.
The cost of porcelain veneers varies depending on the material used, number of porcelain veneers placed and specific condition of the patient. Before 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.
Porcelain veneers are designed to last a lifetime. This longevity can be achieved with proper care and maintenance. That includes a proper at home hygiene routine and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and examination.
Patients often worry about pain associated with porcelain veneers. We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with porcelain veneers is comfortable and relaxed. It is common for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following treatment. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.