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What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin that is bonded to the front of the tooth. Veneers are a relatively quick and simple solution to correcting many aesthetic problems including chipped, worn, crooked, misshapen, discolored and spaced teeth. Typically, there is little or no removal of the existing tooth before placing the veneer over the tooth.

Our dentists in The Woodlands/Conroe align these veneers perfectly with other veneers as well as the existing teeth to make them appear as real as possible. The purpose of these dental veneers is to provide patients, even those with healthy teeth, a beautiful smile. Some patients choose veneers to make slight position alterations or sometimes to change a tooth shape, size, and/or color. At Signature Smiles we will spend time clearly identifying what cosmetic improvements you want to accomplish with your smile.

What Are the Types of Porcelain Veneers?

There are two types of materials used for veneers: composite resin and porcelain. Both kinds of veneers are placed and bonded using a cement type of substance. This ensures that the veneer remains on the tooth and does not shift or fall off.

Composite resin and porcelain veneers are both very durable and strong. They both look and feel like real teeth, but there are some fundamental differences between the two.

Composite Resin – Veneers made from composite material can be removed easily and are more affordable than porcelain veneers. The downside is that this material can easily stain and their life span is approximately four years. They are more susceptible to chipping as well.

Porcelain – This material is the closest to looking like real teeth. Once they have been glazed, the porcelain is very resistant to chips and stains. These types of veneers are more expensive, but they do last much longer at approximately 15 years. The teeth that receive porcelain veneers must have a layer removed before the veneers are placed.

The material used depends on the choice of the patient.

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

If your teeth are discolored or have been chipped, then you may want to consider receiving either composite resin or porcelain veneers. At Signature Smiles, our dentists will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth to see exactly what type of veneers you and how many you should receive.

What Does the Porcelain Veneers Procedure Involve?

After preparing the targeted tooth that is set to receive a veneer, your dentist will develop a digital impression of your smile. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where a porcelain veneer is designed that is specifically customized for your mouth. Following any color correction to match your original teeth, the veneer or veneers will be fixed into position by the dentist at our practice using a cement material that creates a stable hold. Any adjustments can then be made per the patient’s request before a final polish is applied, adding to the natural appearance of the veneer.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

With general maintenance and proper oral hygiene at home, porcelain veneers can have lasting effects that appear natural for years to come. When maintained properly, porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. However, veneers are not indestructible and can break if enough pressure or physical force is applied. For the best results, patients should treat their veneers with extra care to see the longest-lasting results. 

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

The cost of receiving porcelain veneers will vary depending on the extent of the work being completed for each patient. Each patient will have individual needs that can be addressed by porcelain veneers, causing the process to differ from procedure to procedure. However, the average cost of porcelain veneers typically starts at $1,000 per tooth. The full price of your porcelain veneers treatment will be discussed at the time of your initial consultation. 

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