Are you unhappy with your smile because of crooked or uneven teeth?
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Larsen is happy to provide porcelain veneers as a part of our offerings for cosmetic dentistry in Bountiful, UT. Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of high-quality ceramic material. They are bonded to one or more teeth to conceal imperfections such as cracks, chips, intrinsic discoloration, and minor gaps. Patients love our porcelain veneers because they are a permanent solution for those who want to conceal blemishes or makeover their smiles.
Patients who want to hide minor dental misalignment, worn-down or misshapen teeth, or intrinsic stains often make good candidates for porcelain veneers. The best part is that our dental veneers are customized to blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Porcelain mimics the look and shine of natural dental enamel so people will only notice your new and improved smile. If you are interested in seeing how porcelain veneers can transform your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Larsen today for a consultation.
Porcelain Veneers in Bountiful, UT
Dr. Larsen will determine if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers based on the health of your existing teeth, gums, and jaw. If your smile is healthy enough, we will begin consulting with you on your treatment plan and creating wax mock-ups so you can preview the results of your treatment. Here are some frequently asked questions about our porcelain veneer treatment:
How many porcelain veneers will I need?
This is entirely up to you. Dr. Larsen will consult with you on the current condition of your smile and point out any teeth that are detracting from those surrounding it. You can get anywhere from one porcelain veneer to a full mouth of porcelain veneers depending on your aesthetic goals and budget.
How are porcelain veneers placed on my teeth?
Porcelain veneers are placed over your teeth, like outer shells. Unlike a dental crown, which covers your entire tooth, the porcelain veneer is only going to cover the front of your tooth. This means that Dr. Larsen will remove the slightest bit of enamel from the front of your tooth to make space for the porcelain veneer.
Then, Dr. Larsen will lightly etch the remaining surface and secure the veneer to the tooth using special dental cement. Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent restoration due to the amount of tooth structure that has to be removed for a secure fit.
Do porcelain veneers require any extra care?
No, porcelain veneers do not require any extra care from your natural teeth. You can brush and floss them regularly just like you do with the rest of your teeth. With good oral hygiene, your veneers should last you for several years without needing a replacement.
What happens if one of my porcelain veneers falls off?
If a porcelain veneer falls off of your teeth, try to recover the veneer. Then, call Larsen Family Dental as soon as possible so we can schedule for an appointment. Dr. Larsen will examine the veneer for damage and determine if it can be reattached or not. If not, our labs will create another veneer for you to replace the one you lost.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers are considered a permanent restoration. They can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. Their longevity depends on how well you take care of the restoration. They’re durable, but they are still made of porcelain and can break under extreme pressure.
What happens to my teeth under the veneers?
Your teeth will still be normal, just like they would be without the veneers. You aren’t immune to cavities or plaque and tartar buildup because of the porcelain veneers. This is why it’s crucial to make sure you keep up with a normal oral healthcare routine of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly.
Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?
No, the process shouldn’t hurt you. You may experience some sensitivity at the beginning due to the tooth structure that’s removed to fit the veneers. This should dissipate after 1-2 weeks.
Can I whiten my porcelain veneers?
No, traditional whitening techniques don’t work for veneers. While the material is stain-resistant, it can still experience staining from things like tobacco or coffee. Try to prevent consuming these regularly to keep your veneers stain-free.