Porcelain veneers

Benefits of porcelain veneers At Origin Dental

Veneers can cover a wide array of imperfections, and they look and feel like your natural teeth.

Whether your teeth are chipped, gapped, yellowing, or misaligned, custom veneers fit over your teeth to give you a brand new smile.

The process for placing veneers is simple, non-invasive, and often only requires two dental appointments.

What is the veneer treatment process?

Once you have a consultation with Dr. Tran and you determine that veneers are the best option for you, your treatment will begin. Typically, the process of placing veneers only takes two appointments.

First, Dr. Tran will clean your teeth and determine the correct shade of your custom veneers. A small amount of tooth enamel is then removed to make room for your veneers, and an impression will be made to ensure that the veneers are the correct shape and size. Once your new veneers are ready, Dr. Tran will check them for color, shape and fit, and then permanently place them with a dental adhesive. You’ll leave our office with a brand new smile!

What cosmetic issues can veneers fix?

Veneers can fix just about any cosmetic dental problem. Veneers are commonly used to treat problems like:

  • Severely stained teeth that can’t be treated with teeth whitening
  • Slightly-crooked teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Small or misshapen teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Minor tooth chipping

However, veneers are not a restorative treatment, and cannot be used to treat decayed or damaged teeth. Alternative treatments like fillings and crowns will be required to restore these teeth.

How do I care for porcelain veneers?

Veneers can be treated just like your natural teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and your veneers can last decades. However, it is important that you avoid chewing hard objects, like pens and ice. Porcelain is stain-resistant, but it’s a good practice to brush after eating or drinking dark-colored foods in order to protect your natural teeth from discoloration and keep a uniform brightness to your smile.

How much do veneers cost?

The cost of porcelain veneers depends on how many you will need as well as how extensive the work will be for Dr. Tran to create and place them. We offer resources for all of our patients in order to keep your dental care within your budget. Give us a call today to speak with our friendly team about payment options, accepted insurance, and third party financing.

Veneers vs. dental bonding – What’s a better choice?

Not sure about the difference between veneers and dental bonding? These two cosmetic dentistry treatments may seem similar, but they’re quite different. Let’s explore a few of the differences between them now.

One major difference between veneers and dental bonding is the invasiveness of the procedure. Veneers require you to have your teeth trimmed so that the veneers can fit perfectly into your mouth. This process requires some of your enamel to be drilled away, and this process is not reversible. Bonding, on the other hand, does not require the removal of any of your natural enamel. Instead, a special acid solution is used to roughen the tooth to prepare it for bonding. No drilling or removal of enamel is required.

When it comes to overall durability, though, veneers are the winner. Veneers are usually made of a strong porcelain material that is stain-resistant, durable, and can often last 10-15 years or longer. In contrast, the dental resin used for bonding is not as strong, and bonding usually lasts for a maximum of 10 years.

Bonding does offer faster results, though. You can have your teeth bonded in just a single appointment, while veneers usually require 2 appointments over a period of 2-3 weeks. Also, bonding is often more affordable than veneers, so it may be a better choice if you’re on a budget.

Not sure if dental bonding or veneers are right for you? The best way to find out is by seeing Dr. Victor Tran at Origin Dental for an appointment right away. He can discuss the benefits of each treatment in further detail and help you choose the right treatment for your needs. Contact us now to get started.

How long do veneers usually last?

Depending on how well you care for your veneers, they will last between 10-15 years, and even longer in some cases. Veneers are not reversible, so if one of your veneers does become damaged, cracked or dislodged, you will need to have it replaced with a new one right away.

There are a few steps you can take to ensure you get the maximum lifespan out of your veneers. It is important to make sure you brush at least twice each day for 2 minutes, and floss your teeth once each day. Also, remember to see Dr. Tran for a teeth cleaning every six months. Proper oral hygiene prevents tooth decay and other oral health issues which could lead to the failure of your veneers.

You should also make sure you do not chew extremely hard foods like nuts or ice with your veneers. Instead, chew hard foods with your molars. Avoid biting non-food objects like fingernails, pens, and pencils. Using your teeth to do things like open packages or tear tape can damage your veneers, so it is important to avoid doing this. If you grind your teeth at night or play contact sports, we recommend that you get a nightguard or mouthguard to protect your teeth. 

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