Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent shells that 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 few local dentists who are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), Dr. Spink has been providing smile makeovers as a part of his “Sport a Smile” campaign 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
Porcelain Veneer Procedure
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.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
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.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
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.
Is the porcelain veneer procedure painful?
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.