Transform Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers
If there are cosmetic dental flaws affecting your front teeth, you may be searching for ways to improve your smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of high-quality ceramic that mask cosmetic flaws in as little as two dental appointments.
Learn more about how Dr. John Goodman can enhance your smile with porcelain veneers at our Kansas City, MO, practice...
Other Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
In addition to their natural-looking appearance and many applications, the benefits of dental veneers at our Kansas City practice include:
- Short treatment timeline
- Immediate effects
- Natural appearance and function
- Long-term results
- Stain resistance
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Contact Our Practice to Schedule a Consultation
Dr. John Goodman has more than 20 years of experience providing the Kansas City community with a comprehensive range of dental services. He has placed dental veneers for many patients and works with a high-end dental laboratory with talented laboratory technicians.
If you are considering porcelain veneers, please contact our dentistry practice online or call us in Kansas City at (816) 842-8585 to schedule a consultation.
Are You a Candidate for Treatment?
In addition to cosmetic issues affecting the appearance of the smile, good candidates for this procedure should meet the following requirements:
Good Oral Health
In order to receive porcelain veneers or undergo any cosmetic dentistry treatment, you must be in good oral health. Patients who don't brush or floss regularly are more likely to have dental health problems that can undermine the results of any cosmetic treatment. Our dentist offers a wide range of dentistry procedures to ensure your smile is healthy as well as aesthetically pleasing.
In addition, patients seeking traditional porcelain veneers need to have a sufficient amount of healthy enamel, as Dr. Goodman typically needs to remove a thin layer before placing veneers. This ensures that the porcelain prosthetic is not too bulky and sits flush with surrounding teeth.
Bruxism is a condition in which patients grind their teeth or clench their jaw regularly, often while they sleep. Although we use a strong dental porcelain to fabricate veneers, they are not unbreakable. Unfortunately, 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 so that you can receive veneers that will last.
Receiving Your Porcelain Veneers
This cosmetic dentistry treatment process is typically completed in two to three visits.
Step 1: Planning
The planning phase takes place during your consultation. Here, you will share your cosmetic goals with Dr. Goodman, at which time he can make recommendations for your treatment. You can work together to pinpoint the size and shape of veneers that will create your new smile. We can use photos and a lab-fabricated diagnostic wax-up to show how the porcelain can reshape, resize, and reline the smile.
Step 2: Preparation
If he cannot prepare your teeth at the same appointment as your consultation, the dentist will schedule a separate visit for you to return. During this appointment, he will prepare your teeth for the veneers. Once he gently removes a layer of enamel from the targeted teeth, he will take an impression. This mold will then be used to craft your customized porcelain veneers at our laboratory facilities. This takes about a week or two, so it may be necessary to provide you with temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime.
Step 3: Placement
Soon, your customized veneers will be ready and it will be time to return to have them 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 comfortably and harmoniously with your smile.
Preparing the Tooth and Attaching the Veneer
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 can offer minimal-prep veneers as an alternative that requires less commitment.
If you want a quick way to transform your smile, same-day veneers offer dramatic results instantly. During treatment, composite resin is applied directly to the teeth and shaped to improve the symmetry and color of your smile. This treatment is not appropriate for severe cosmetic imperfections, but it can conceal minor issues.
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Aftercare and Maintenance
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.
How Long Do Dental Veneers Last?
With proper care, your veneers can last up to 10 years.
How Can I Prolong the Lifespan of My Veneers?
Attending regular dental appointments at least twice a year and maintaining good oral hygiene and a generally healthy lifestyle can help extend the longevity of your porcelain veneers. While the porcelain itself is not subject to decay or disease, the underlying teeth and gum structure are, so it is important to brush the teeth and porcelain prosthetic at least twice a day and floss daily.
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.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
At our practice, patients can expect to pay $1,650 per tooth treated with veneers. With Dr. Goodman's skill and our dental lab's exemplary work, patients can achieve attractive, natural-looking results.