5 Things to Know About Getting Porcelain Veneers

We’ve all heard the phrase “flash those pearly whites!” That can be hard to do if you’re unhappy with or self-conscious about your smile. Do you have a few teeth that are chipped or crooked? Have your teeth become discolored due to years of smoking or coffee drinking? You’re not alone. Regardless of the state of your smile or the color of your teeth, Porcelain Veneers are an excellent option for achieving that “pearly white” grin. With their smile showcased on the big screen, on the red carpet or in the pages of a fashion magazine, it’s no surprise that Porcelain Veneers are a tool often used by celebrities. According to MSN, some celebrities that have reportedly transformed their prominent pouts into million-dollar smiles with a set of Porcelain Veneers include Kylie Jenner, Megan Fox, Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, Miley Cyrus, Katie Holmes, George Clooney and Jennifer Garner, just to name a few.  

Of course, you don’t have to have celebrity status to get Porcelain Veneers! Before you schedule your appointment to get your own set of Porcelain Veneers, you may have a few questions. Listed among our many services at Gentry Dentistry of Suwanee and a popular cosmetic option among our patients, we’ve tapped our dentists – Dr. Harry Gentry and Dr. Darby Gentry Tompkins – to weigh in on the top five things you should know about getting Porcelain Veneers…

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

When a patient hopes to change their smile for the better, we may recommend Dental Veneers. They provide a thin, new surface over your existing teeth. Porcelain is used to achieve a natural look and the most durable finish.

Are You a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

There are a wide variety of reasons someone might wish to employ Porcelain Veneers to achieve the smile of their dreams. Porcelain Veneers can fill in gaps between your existing teeth, disguise chips and discoloration, lengthen your front teeth, permanently whiten teeth, reduce tooth sensitivity or repair worn teeth. If you fall under that latter category, you won’t want to wait too long. Veneers may be unable to adhere to teeth that are extremely worn. They also might not be optimal for large gaps, although a bit of orthodontic work to close those gaps may make you an ideal candidate.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

When expertly crafted and placed, Porcelain Veneers can last up to ten years or longer. We’ll monitor them during every six-month cleaning so we have a good read on when we might be nearing replacement time.

What is Involved in the Procedure to Get Porcelain Veneers?

It all begins with a consultation to learn the reasons behind your desire to get Porcelain Veneers, assess your current smile, the health of your gums and the strength of your bone structure. Now… the really good news (particularly for those of you who are anxious about trips to the dentist). Porcelain Veneers are one of the least invasive dental procedures in our service offerings. Once we’ve determined that Porcelain Veneers are the ideal avenue for you, we’ll make a mold of your existing teeth, select a color to either match or whiten your current smile, and then craft your veneers onsite in our office. Once completed, we’ll bond the veneers to the front of your teeth for a secure fit. One look in the mirror and you’ll be grinning ear-to-ear!

Are Porcelain Veneers Expensive?

As we do with every procedure, we’ll work closely with your dental insurance provider in an endeavor to give you the best possible price. In many cases, Porcelain Veneers are viewed as a Cosmetic procedure, but occasionally – depending on the circumstance – they may be viewed as a Restorative procedure. If you are denied Porcelain Veneers by your insurance provider or you do not have dental insurance, we will happily discuss financing options so you can comfortably pursue that smile of your dreams. Beyond the benefits of the restoration of your self-confidence and a grin you’re happy to flash, Porcelain Veneers perform a protective function. Tooth reduction beneath your Veneers is significantly reduced – preserving the health of your existing teeth. It’s hard to put a price tag on that!

If you have more questions than those we’ve answered above, we welcome you to reach out to us via email at office@gentrydentist.com and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible! In the event that we’ve already answered all your questions and you’re ready to schedule a consultation to discuss with Drs. Gentry or Tompkins whether or not Porcelain Veneers are right for you, call our office at 770-945-5850 or fill out our online appointment form!

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