Dental veneers are designed to cover the front surface of your teeth and improve their appearance by changing their color, shape, size, or length. Dental veneers are usually used to fix teeth that:
- Are discolored
- Are worn down
- Are chipped or broken
- Are uneven, or irregularly shaped
- Have gaps between them
Contact Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC at 203-624-5515 to speak with one of our staff about getting dental veneers to spruce up your smile!
What are the different types of dental veneers?
Porcelain veneers mimic the light reflecting properties of your natural teeth (meaning no one can tell they are not your “real” teeth) and resist stains better than resin veneers.
On the other hand, resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini can help you decide which type of veneer is best for you and your teeth.
What are the steps for getting a porcelain veneer?
Getting dental veneer usually requires three trips to our New Haven, Connecticut, dental office. The first one is usually a consultation, while the second two appointments are for making and fitting the tooth veneers.
To prepare a tooth for a porcelain veneer, about 1/2 millimeter of enamel needs to be removed from the tooth’s surface, which is about the thickness of the veneer that will be later added. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini might decide you need a local anesthetic to numb the area before removing the enamel.
Next, we will make an impression of your tooth and send the impression to a dental laboratory that handles the actual veneer fabrication. It usually takes 1-2 weeks for the veneers to come back from the laboratory, hence the need for a third appointment.
During the third appointment, our dentist will ensure that the porcelain veneer is the proper color, size, and fit. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini will trim the veneer as needed, and the color of your new dental veneer can be adjusted to ensure it matches perfectly with the rest of your teeth!
A special cement is applied to the porcelain veneer, and the veneer is then placed on your tooth, which has been cleaned, polished, and etched, as a slightly rougher tooth is better to help the cement bond properly. Once the veneer is in place, a special light beam is applied, activating the chemicals in the cement and causing it to harden very quickly.
The final steps involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the dental veneer to ensure your comfort. Then, you walk out of our office with a perfect smile!
What are some advantages and disadvantages of a porcelain veneer?
- Porcelain veneers look just like natural teeth.
- Porcelain is gentle on gum tissue.
- Porcelain veneers are stain resistant.
- The process is not reversible.
- Porcelain veneers are more usually expensive than composite resin bonding.
- Porcelain veneers are usually not repairable if they crack or chip (although that is a good reason to stop biting your nails!).
- A porcelain veneer’s color cannot be changed once it is in place. That means if you try to whiten your teeth after getting porcelain veneers, one tooth is not going to match!
How long does a porcelain veneer last?
Porcelain veneers usually last between 5 and 10 years.
How much does getting porcelain veneers cost?
Porcelain veneers can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,300 per tooth, and the procedure is not usually covered by insurance, but you should check with your dental insurance company to be sure.
You can contact Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC to learn more about porcelain dental veneers in New Haven, Connecticut.