What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are made of thin porcelain shells that are bonded over your teeth to recreate the natural beauty of your smile. This permanent cosmetic treatment can eliminate a variety of cosmetic imperfections, providing you with a flawless look and feel.
Not only can porcelain veneers help boost your self-esteem, but they also improve your ability to eat and speak with ease. The veneers process is quick, easy, and takes just two appointments to our dental office in Basalt, CO.
Discover if porcelain veneers could be the smile solution you’ve been searching for throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Have you ever wanted perfect teeth without the hassles of braces? With porcelain veneers, you immediately enjoy the benefits of straight teeth without waiting years for results.
Veneers are a remarkable cosmetic treatment that can completely transform the appearance of your smile, giving you more confidence than ever before. Each porcelain veneer will be custom-made to the contour of your teeth and bonded with utmost precision.
If you’re interested in achieving a captivating smile, you may want to consider veneers. Holistic dentists Dr. Schuyler Van Gorden and Dr. Rebecca Steinbach will help determine if this treatment is the optimal choice for you during your consultation.
Reasons for Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can lift your self-esteem, perfect the appearance of your teeth, and fix a variety of dental problems.
At Elevate Dental Wellness, we generally use porcelain veneers to correct the following dental problems:
- Discolored, stained, or yellow teeth
- Misaligned, uneven teeth
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
Want to learn more about enhancing your smile with veneers? Simply give us a call at (970) 279-5647 or fill out a contact form online. We’d love to speak with you and help you decide whether porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic treatment for you.
Placing Your Porcelain Veneers
Receiving your porcelain veneers typically requires just two visits to our Basalt dental office. Dr. Schuyler Van Gorden and Dr. Rebecca Steinbach will give you the smile of your dreams in just a few steps:
Your journey begins at your consultation with one of our experienced holistic dentists to discuss your smile goals.
During this visit, Dr. Van Gorden or Dr. Steinbach will examine your teeth to ensure porcelain veneers are right for you. We’ll proceed by cleaning your teeth and matching the right color for your porcelain veneers with your natural teeth so they can blend in seamlessly with your smile.
- Before the procedure, we’ll provide you with a local anesthetic to numb your mouth so we can gently shave off a small amount of enamel. This allows Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach to take accurate impressions of your teeth.
- After taking impressions of your teeth, we’ll provide you with a temporary veneer while we send off your model to a dental lab. These high-quality images are used to custom-craft your new porcelain veneers.
- When your veneers are ready, you’ll return to our office in Basalt, CO. We’ll remove your temporary veneers, clean off your teeth, apply the adhesive, and precisely attach them to your natural teeth.
- Dr. Van Gorden or Dr. Steinbach will remove any excess dental cement, ensure the veneers fit beautifully on your teeth, and examine your bite to see if any final adjustments are needed. After this step, your new smile will be complete!
After your porcelain veneers treatment is complete, we may have you return for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks. Dr. Van Gorden and Dr. Steinbach will ensure your porcelain veneers still fit comfortably, remain in good shape, and aren’t affecting your gums.
Porcelain veneers can maintain their beauty for up to 20 years with proper oral hygiene and bi-annual visits to our Basalt office. They require the same type of care as your natural teeth:
- Brush after each meal, at least twice a day
- Floss once a day or before bedtime
- Rinse with a fluoride-free mouthwash
- Use a non-abrasive toothpaste so you don’t scratch them
- Reduce the amounts of staining foods and drinks
Enhance the Beauty of Your Smile
Are you ready for your new smile? Porcelain veneers are a remarkable solution to help you attain a perfect new smile that’s no longer damaged by cracks, discoloration, or gaps.
If you have any questions about the treatment process, simply give us a call at (970) 279-5647 or you can schedule a consultation by filling out a contact form. We can’t wait to hear how we can help you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the porcelain veneers procedure painful?
No, the porcelain veneers process isn’t painful. Drs. Van Gordon or Steinbach will administer a local anesthetic to the areas where veneers will be placed. The procedure isn’t very invasive, so you should only experience mild discomfort following the appointment which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or Advil and a cold compress.
Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?
No, dental insurance doesn’t cover the cost of porcelain veneers. Dental insurance usually doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening or veneers. Porcelain veneers aren’t considered necessary because their purpose is mostly aesthetic.
What if my porcelain veneer falls off or is damaged?
If your porcelain veneer falls off, call our office immediately at (970) 279-5647 to let us know. We’ll get an appointment for you as soon as possible and make your smile beautiful again by fixing your porcelain veneer.
In the meantime, put it in a small container to keep it safe so you can bring it to your appointment for re-application. Drs. Van Gordon or Steinbach can either re-attach the porcelain veneer or suggest new ones if you’ve had your current veneers for a long time.
Who is not a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Patients with progressed tooth decay are not typically good candidates for porcelain veneers. However, Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach might be able to remove the decay to get your smile ready for the treatment.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are placed onto the front surface of your teeth. If the tooth is too damaged, the porcelain veneers won’t have a sturdy surface to bond with. To know for sure if you’re eligible for the procedure, schedule a consultation by calling (970) 279-5647.
During the consultation, Drs. Van Gordon or Steinbach will evaluate your oral health, discuss your smile goals, and provide you with a customized treatment plan based on your needs. If porcelain veneers aren’t right for you, they may also include alternative methods to achieve your goals.
What foods can I eat and what should I avoid?
We recommend eating softer foods for the first few days while you adjust to your new bite. After several weeks, there shouldn’t be any restrictions on the foods you can eat unless otherwise specified by Drs. Van Gordon or Steinbach.
The foods most commonly avoided by patients with porcelain veneers include:
- Hard candy
While you can still eat these foods, chewing them without caution increases the likelihood of damaging your porcelain veneers.