Your Top Porcelain Veneers FAQs Answered

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porcelain veneers FAQs

When it comes to your porcelain veneers questions, we’ve got you covered at Pope Dental. Cosmetic dentistry is one of our most requested procedures in Walnut Creek and with the rise of social media and selfies; porcelain veneers are becoming more popular than ever. Everyone wants to have beautiful teeth like celebrities so they’re taking the plunge and opting for porcelain veneers to straighten their teeth, fix the alignment, give them a bright white smile and a symmetrical smile. If you’re interested in perfecting your smile, porcelain veneers might be the right option for you. If you have any questions, read through our porcelain veneers FAQs to see if we already have the answers for you. If not, don’t hesitate to give our Walnut Creek dental office a call to find out more.

  1. What Are Porcelain Veneers?

This is one of our top porcelain veneers FAQs. What exactly are porcelain veneers you might wonder? Porcelain or dental veneers are made of a thin porcelain tooth colored shell that is permanently placed over your teeth to give you a new shape and color. Porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth and are custom made to give you a new smile. Many patients choose to receive veneers for their front six teeth that are the ones most shown. With just 6 veneers, your smile can look perfect!

  1. How Are Veneers Made?

If you’re interested in receiving porcelain veneers, you will first need to schedule a consultation with our Walnut Creek cosmetic dentist. Dr. Pope will discuss your desires and figure out how many veneers you will need to accomplish your goals. He will take impressions of your teeth and from there, the shapes and colors of your veneers will be discussed and he will send everything off to the lab. The lab then constructs custom-made veneers to fit your teeth! Once they return, Dr. Pope can bond them to your teeth.

  1. Do You Remove My Enamel for Porcelain Veneers?

It’s normal for our dentist to have to remove a small amount of your enamel in order to make room for the porcelain veneers. This process is pain-free and fast. You should know that your enamel will never grow back and that this is a lifetime commitment. Without veneers on your teeth, your teeth might look rough and not have much protection from bacteria and decay. If you’re worried about removing part of your enamel, you could always opt for different veneers like Lumineers or Durathins. Those options do not require your enamel to be removed prior to placing the veneers. This is because these veneers are made of a thinner material. They are not as strong or as long-lasting as traditional veneers though.

  1. How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

If you take good care of your dental health and your veneers, you can easily make your veneers last up to 10 years before you need to replace them!

  1. How Do I Care for Porcelain Veneers?

Aftercare is an important part of receiving any sort of cosmetic dentistry. Without proper aftercare, your cosmetic dentistry treatment results can damper fast, resulting in a waste of money. To care for your porcelain veneers, we recommend that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day as well as visit us regularly for cleanings and dental exams. If you have any tooth problems, it’s important to take care of these as soon as possible. In addition, you must avoid gum disease because it can cause your veneers to fail. Lastly, if you play any contact sports, make sure to wear a mouth guard and if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you will need to wear a night guard to protect damage from occurring to your teeth as well as your veneers.

  1. Do Porcelain Veneers Hurt?

This is another one of our most commonly asked porcelain veneers FAQs. Patients always ask if getting porcelain veneers hurt and if your teeth will hurt after the procedure. The answer is no. We always make sure that our patient’s comfort is number one during all procedures. When we remove a bit of your enamel, we will make sure to numb your teeth up in case you are sensitive. Your teeth may feel a bit sensitive for a while following that procedure but that is the only pain you should experience as a result of porcelain veneers. If you do experience any other pain that might feel unusual, make sure to contact our dentist as soon as possible so we can get to the root of the problem.

  1. How Much Do Veneers Cost?

The cost for porcelain veneers varies. The cost depends on how many veneers you need. On average, the price range for veneers is from $900 to as much as $2000+ per veneer. This depends heavily on the dentist and dental office. For your own estimate, please give our office a call for a consultation.

  1. Will Dental Insurance Cover Porcelain Veneers?

Unfortunately, most dental insurance plans won’t cover any cosmetic dentistry work. However, if you have a broken, chipped or cracked tooth and are thinking about using a veneer to restore it, your insurance might be willing to help pay for part of that treatment. You can always inquire with your insurance company to find out if they cover porcelain veneers.

  1. How Can I Pay for My Veneers?

Like all procedures at our dental office, we don’t expect all of our patients in Walnut Creek to be able to pay for their treatments in full. We offer a selection of payment plans as well as Care Credit. Our staff will discuss payment options with you during your consultation.

  1. I Want Veneers. Where Do I Start?

If you’re interested in porcelain veneers, you’re in luck, Pope Dental can help you with that. Give our Walnut Creek dental office a call today to schedule your consultation for porcelain veneers. Our dentist will evaluate your smile to determine if veneers are the right option for you and answer any questions you might have that were not included on our porcelain veneers FAQS. Give us a call or fill out our online form today.