By Pittsburgh Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Dan Rairigh
Porcelain veneers help restore the beauty of your smile by fixing crooked, chipped or discolored teeth. Veneers are strong, long lasting and stain resistant.
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What are Dental Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are one of the most effective cosmetic dental treatments available to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Porcelain veneers, also referred to as dental veneers, teeth veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a cosmetic enhancement to a tooth.
What is the Dental Porcelain Veneer Procedure?
Veneers typically take two visits to complete. During the first visit the teeth are smoothed and shaped to allow for a proper fit. Impressions are taken to fabricate models on which the veneers are made. At the end of the first visit you will leave wearing temporary veneers that will look as natural as possible and will have a proper fit. This allows you a chance to evaluate and provide your insight on shapes and color. After about three weeks you return to have the custom veneers bonded into place.
What are the benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
- Strength – They can last much longer than composite resin bonding or a chairside composite veneer
- Natural Vibrancy – To the untrained eye they will appear to look much like natural teeth
- Stain Resistant – Each porcelain veneer has an extremely hard surface that has been treated with a glaze and put into an oven to seal the surface
- Quick Turnaround – A smile makeover with is typically completed in two to three week
- Long Lasting – They are meant to last ten years or longer with good sense and proper hygiene. Regular visits to the dentists will continue to be necessary to ensure they are maintained properly.
Porcelain Veneers are recommended for fixing:
- Tooth Length – Tooth veneers can withstand length changes with strength
- Eliminate Gaps – Veneers provide instant orthodontics
- Whiten your smile – Natural Veneers allow you to choose the color of your new smile makeover
- Correct overlapped and/or rotated teeth
- Restore chipped or fractured edges – Layered veneers are strong enough to withstand chewing and future chiping
- Replace aged white fillings
- Reface overly large or small teeth – Enamel-like veneer shells overlay the undersized teeth to rebuild to natural contours
When these restorations are performed by Dr. Rairigh they will appear natural to the untrained eye and will feel the same as your natural teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Before and After Photos
What is the cost of veneers in Pittsburgh?
Porcelain veneers in Pittsburgh are typically priced by the tooth, averaging between $750-$2000 per tooth. Dental insurance rarely covers the cost of this service. Fortunately, we offer financing for qualified patients.
Your veneers cost will range depending on the following:
- The number of teeth being restored with porcelain veneers
- Difficulty of the case
- Lab fees for the dental lab fabricating the veneers
- The type of tooth veneer: Layer or Stained
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and Lumineers?
Lumineers is a trademark name brand for a specific type of “no prep” porcelain veneer. Lumineers are pressed from ingots of Cerinate porcelain and stained for coloring. This type of porcelain gains its appeal for the lack of dental injection (numbing) and speed of appointments. Lumineers work best for candidates with spacing between their teeth or patients with smaller teeth in size that are tilted toward the tongue. The primary limitations come from the concept of “no prep”. Because the natural tooth is not prepped, the thickness of porcelain material will create a bump at the gum line that can catch plaque and food debris. It is also challenging to have a drastic color change with Lumineers due to the thinness of the porcelain.
It is our opinion in cosmetic dentistry that the most ideal porcelain veneer is one using the minimal or traditional preparation technique with layered beautiful veneers for natural contours and healthier gums.
To learn more about the types of porcelain veneers we offer visit our Types of Porcelain Veneers Page.