Home| Dental Services|Cosmetic Dentistry|Porcelain Veneers Does the appearance of your teeth keep you from smiling? Porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution! Discover how our cosmetic dentists at Bethesda Sedation Dentistry can use this popular treatment to help you attain a radiant new smile you’ll want to put on display. What Are Porcelain Veneers? Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns Porcelain Veneers Pros & Cons Porcelain Veneers Process Porcelain Veneers Results Porcelain Veneers Cost What Are Porcelain Veneers? Porcelain veneers can easily restore the appearance of chips, gaps, stains, and other aesthetic conditions affecting your teeth. A porcelain dental veneer is a custom-designed piece of porcelain that covers the front portion of your tooth. At our practice, Dr. Robert Schlossberg and Dr. Deborah Klotz personalize every aspect of the treatment plan to produce beautiful and natural-looking results, effectively hiding teeth imperfections for many years to come. What’s the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Crowns? Dental crowns and veneers can both enhance the smile, but the two treatments differ in several ways. Since porcelain veneers are designed to cover only the front surface of teeth, they are generally recommended when a patient desires to improve the appearance of teeth that are otherwise healthy and strong. In contrast, dental crowns are made to cover the entire tooth, providing restoration and support to teeth affected by significant damage, decay, and/or other structural issues. They are also utilized to cap dental implants when replacing missing teeth. Depending on your unique needs, our cosmetic dentists can determine whether porcelain veneers or crowns would be best for your smile goals. What Are the Pros and Cons of Porcelain Veneers? Pros Treatment with porcelain veneers can renew teeth affected by a wide range of aesthetic issues, including: Gaps Chips Misalignment Stains and discolorations Worn down teeth Misshapen teeth Each veneer is custom-designed to fit as precisely and seamlessly as possible, ultimately creating beautiful, natural-looking results that have a positive effect on the overall appearance of your smile. To see for yourself, please take a look at some of the smile transformations our dentists have achieved with porcelain dental veneers. Cons Perhaps the only con associated with porcelain veneers is that the procedure is irreversible due to the small amount of tooth enamel removal needed to accommodate the veneer. Having said that, virtually all patients are so thrilled with the appearance of their new smile that this aspect of treatment is rarely an issue. What Does the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Entail? Dr. Deb or Dr. Rob will first evaluate your needs and help you determine if porcelain veneer treatment is the best option for you. If you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, your dentist will remove a very small portion of the original tooth in order to accommodate the veneer. Then, they will take a dental impression of your teeth, making it possible to create a precise fit. Once made, the veneers will be bonded to the front of the prepared teeth with a durable cement. Finally, the veneers will be color-tinted to achieve the finest results possible. How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last? Porcelain veneers have been known to last for decades with the proper care. This includes normal brushing and flossing at least twice daily, as well as scheduling regular dental checkups and receiving professional cleanings every six months (or as recommended by Dr. Rob or Dr. Deb). How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost? It is important to note that not all dental veneer treatments are created equal, which is often reflected in pricing. Along with the type of veneers and quality of materials utilized, factors that can impact cost include where the practice is geographically located and the experience of the dentist. To receive a custom quote for porcelain veneers, please feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists. During your visit, Dr. Deb or Dr. Rob can determine how many veneers are needed to achieve your smile makeover and provide you with an estimate of what you can expect to pay. If interested, a member of our friendly staff can also discuss dental financing options with you at this time. Contact Bethesda Sedation Dentistry Please contact Bethesda Sedation Dentistry online or via phone if you would like more information on porcelain dental veneers, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists.