Porcelain veneers are thin shells of high-quality ceramic that attach to the front of your teeth to conceal cosmetic issues, such as chips, cracks, or discoloration. We understand that an extraordinary smile is priceless. One quick glimpse can leave an impression for a lifetime. To provide you with the smile you have always wanted, we offer porcelain veneers at the Kansas City, MO, dental practice of John P. Goodman, D.D.S. for a nearly immediate cosmetic dentistry solution.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are dental prosthetics that are placed on the surface of teeth. Though veneers are simple to place and delicate in appearance, the role a thin ceramic shell can have in producing a beautiful smile is quite remarkable. The benefits of porcelain veneers include:
- Instant smile makeover
- Conceal imperfections
- May be combined with other dental treatments, including restorative options
- An effective alternative to orthodontics
- Look and function just like real teeth
- Strong and long-lasting
Additionally, dental ceramic is more stain-resistant than natural teeth. This material is also highly effective at mimicking that natural reflective quality of your enamel for a lifelike effect.
Explore Your Veneers Candidacy
Porcelain veneers are a powerful tool for concealing cosmetic imperfections. This treatment can often have the same, or better, effects as a teeth whitening or orthodontic procedure. Dental veneers can address a wide variety of issues, such as:
- Worn teeth
- Minor misalignment
In order to receive porcelain veneers, you must be in good oral health. Before addressing cosmetic issues, you should seek treatment for periodontal disease or tooth decay. We offer a wide range of general dentistry procedures to ensure your smile is healthy as well as aesthetically pleasing.
In addition, patients seeking traditional veneers need to have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel, as Dr. Goodman typically needs to remove a thin layer before placing veneers.
Patients with bruxism who grind their teeth or clench their jaw may not qualify for veneers. Although we use a strong dental porcelain to create our veneers, the consistent forces of grinding or clenching can cause veneers to break or come loose. For some patients, Dr. Goodman is able to treat the underlying cause of bruxism, allowing them to receive veneers.
Placing Porcelain Veneers
The process of acquiring traditional porcelain veneers is done in three straightforward visits to our practice.
Preparing the Tooth and Attaching the Veneer
Each treated tooth will typically need to have a small amount of enamel removed in order to ensure a natural-looking result.
Step 1: Planning
The planning phase takes place during your consultation. Here, you will share your cosmetic goals with Dr. Goodman, and the dentist will make his recommendations in turn. You will work together to pinpoint the size and shape of veneers that will reflect what you seek from your new smile.
Step 2: Preparation
During this visit, Dr. Goodman will prepare your teeth for the veneers. Once he gently removes a layer of enamel from the designated teeth, he will take an impression. This mold will then be used to craft your customized porcelain veneers at our laboratory facilities. As this takes about a week or two, it may be necessary to provide you with temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime.
Step 3: Placement
Soon, your personal set of veneers will be ready, and it will be time to return to have your veneers placed. Dr. Goodman will carefully apply the veneer to the tooth with a special bonding material. Before curing the adhesive with a light, he will make sure the veneers fit harmoniously with your smile and bite.
Since traditional porcelain veneers require the removal of enamel, they are typically a permanent procedure. If you are concerned about permanently altering your teeth, need a quick cosmetic solution, or lack sufficient enamel to support the ceramic, we may offer minimal-prep veneers as an alternative.
If you want a quick way to transform your smile, same-day veneers can offer dramatic results instantly. For same-day veneers, a cosmetic resin is applied directly to your teeth and shaped to restore the symmetry and color of your smile. While this treatment is not appropriate for severe cosmetic imperfections, it can effectively conceal minor issues.
There is no significant recovery time associated with porcelain veneers. Most patients return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. However, you may experience some dental sensitivity for a short period of time. We recommend avoiding very hot or cold foods, as well as chewy, hard, or crunchy foods for about a week or until the sensitivity wears off.
Maintaining Your Veneers
With proper care, your veneers can last up to 10 years. Attending regular dental appointments at least twice a year and maintaining good oral hygiene and a generally healthy lifestyle can help ensure the longevity of your porcelain veneers. While the porcelain itself is not subject to decay or disease, the underlying teeth and gum structure is, so it is important to brush at least twice a day and floss daily.
With proper care, your veneers can last up to 10 years.
Additionally, you can protect your veneers by avoiding habits such as nail biting, chewing ice, and opening packages with your teeth. Minimizing the consumption of stain-producing substances, including coffee, tea, wine, berries, soy sauce, and tomato sauce, can help maintain the overall color of your smile as well.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers
Our staff would be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the treatment timeline or cost of dental veneers. You can also view the dramatic transformations our patients have experienced in our photo gallery. If you are considering porcelain veneers, please contact our dental practice online or call (816) 842-8585 to schedule a consultation.