Are you proud of your smile? Do you look at magazine models and movie stars wishing you had the same confident grin as them? If your front teeth are discolored, stained, chipped, cracked, slightly misaligned, or have metal fillings, consider veneers. Made from thin sheaths of porcelain layered atop each other, veneers can completely cover the front of your teeth to create a perfectly shaped, dazzlingly white, and absolutely gorgeous smile. The most modern veneers look completely natural, too!
After a comprehensive exam, we will develop a cosmetic plan that will make your weak smile strong again. Veneers, also called laminates, are long-lasting and stain-resistant, and they require only two visits in order to complete treatment. In fact, you’ll leave the first appointment with a set of temporary veneers while your custom final veneers are being crafted at a lab. A popular brand of veneers is Lumineers because they require no tooth reduction and are reversible.
To see what your smile would look like with veneers, we recommend you review our before and after cases, request a diagnostic wax up, or ask us about digital imaging, a computer program that can create an image of you with your new veneers. These tools can help you decide if they would be a good choice for your smile. Because we custom craft each patient’s veneers, you can choose the shape, color, and style that best compliments your appearance and the image you want to achieve.
Dental care for veneers is no different from regular dental care. Clean and floss your new smile daily, visit us regularly for professional care and maintenance, and consider wearing a nightguard to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep.
Call our North Kingstown office to schedule your porcelain veneers/Lumineers appointment with Dr. John Verbeyst or Dr. Philippe Morisseau. Our practice sees patients from North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, East Greenwich, and other Rhode Island communities.
Although you may be excited to transform your smile with porcelain veneers, it’s perfectly normal for you to have some questions about the finer details of the treatment process. That’s why we have compiled some of our most frequently asked questions about veneers and answered them down below for your convenience. If you have a query about veneers that you don’t see answered on this page, feel free to just give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you.
In order for the veneers to not bulge out in the line of your smile, we’ll have to remove some enamel from your affected teeth (unless you opt for Lumineers). Once enamel is gone, it cannot grow back, so it’s gone for good. For this reason, conventional veneers are considered a permanent treatment. Your veneered teeth will always need some kind of protection moving forward, whether that be veneers or dental crowns. That fact should not deter you from getting them, however. In fact, the vast majority of veneers patients are thrilled to improve their smile with these restorations, and do not regret a thing.
With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your veneers to last upwards of 10 years, possibly even 20, before they need to be replaced. Luckily, taking care of your veneers is not that different from maintaining your natural teeth. Simply remember to brush and floss every day, and attend checkups and cleanings with your dentist twice a year. Wear a custom mouthguard if you play sports, and a nightguard if you grind your teeth while you sleep.
There is no fixed cost of veneers because each and every case is different. For example, your cost may vary depending on how many veneers you’re receiving and on which teeth they’re being placed. During your consultation, we can give you a more precise cost estimate based on your unique smile needs.
During the tooth preparation phase of your treatment, one of our dentists will have to remove a tiny sliver of enamel from your affected teeth. However, you have nothing to worry about, since we’ll be sure to administer plenty of local anesthetic before the procedure begins, ensuring maximum comfort during your treatment. The more veneers you receive, the higher the odds are that you’ll experience some minor soreness for a few days after the numbness wears off. This discomfort can be easily managed, though, by taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen.