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 made of thin porcelain shells that are bonded over your teeth to recreate the natural beauty of your smile. This permanent cosmetic treatment can help boost your self-esteem, as well as improve your abilities to eat and speak again.
Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach will help determine if this treatment is the optimal choice for you at your consultation.
How You Can Benefit From Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a remarkable cosmetic treatment that can completely enhance the beauty of your smile and provide you with more confidence than ever before. Each porcelain veneer will be custom-made to the contour of your teeth and then bonded through an easy procedure that’s completed within just two visits.
If you’re interested in achieving a captivating smile, you may want to consider veneers. Generally, we use porcelain veneers to correct the following dental problems:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discolored, yellow teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Misaligned, uneven teeth
- Gaps between teeth
Your Porcelain Veneers Procedure in Basalt
The porcelain veneers process first begins at your consultation with Drs. Van Gorden or Steinbach to discuss your smile goals. During this visit, we’ll 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.
Here’s how we place your porcelain veneers:
- 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 Drs. Van Gorden and 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 to custom-craft your new porcelain veneers.
- Once your porcelain veneers are made, you’ll return to our office. We will remove your temporary veneers, clean your teeth, apply the adhesive, and precisely attach them to your natural teeth.
- Drs. Van Gorden or Steinbach will remove any excess dental cement, ensure the porcelain veneers fit beautifully on your teeth, and examine your bite to see if any final adjustments are needed.
Aftercare for Your Porcelain Veneers
After your porcelain veneers treatment is complete, we may have you return for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks. We’ll check to see if the porcelain veneers still fit comfortably and ensure they aren’t affecting your gums.
Although porcelain veneers don’t last forever, they can maintain their beauty for up to 20 years with proper oral hygiene and bi-annual visits to our Basalt office.
Porcelain veneers require the same type of care as your natural teeth– brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash. We recommend using a non-abrasive toothpaste so you don’t scratch them. Try to reduce the amounts of staining foods and drinks you consume as well.
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.
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 give us a call at (970) 279-5647, or you can simply schedule your consultation by filling out a contact form.