At our practice in Nashville, TN, Dr. Clint Newman can provide natural-looking porcelain veneers crafted from the finest materials and applied with an artistic eye for detail. He provides informative answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding porcelain veneers, to allow you to select a treatment that best suits you. Find out more about this exceptional treatment by reviewing our porcelain veneers FAQs.
What are porcelain veneers?
Crafted from advanced dental ceramic, porcelain veneers are thin shells which fit over the front surface of your teeth to conceal a range of cosmetic issues.
Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
Patients with chips, cracks, discoloration, and minor misalignment can see significant improvement in the appearance of their smile after porcelain veneer treatment. There are certain conditions which can limit your candidacy for veneers. Dr. Newman will examine your oral health and determine the most effective treatment option for your needs.
What types of veneers are offered?
We provide three brands of porcelain veneers: MAC veneers, IPS e.max®, and IPS Empress®. All three brands utilize high-end materials for attractive results.
Can porcelain veneers treat all teeth?
Porcelain veneers are used to treat the anterior teeth (the teeth at the front of your smile). For the back teeth, we utilize alternative treatments, such as dental crowns, that can handle the force of the bite more effectively.
How long does it take to receive a porcelain veneer?
Generally, it takes about one to two weeks between making the impressions and receiving the final product from our partner dental laboratory.
What types of imperfections or conditions can be treated with porcelain veneers?
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Misshaped teeth
- Gaps or spaces between teeth
- Severe discoloration or staining
- Disproportionate teeth
- Chips, cracks, or wear
Is the treatment reversible?
In most cases, porcelain veneers are considered permanent. During the procedure, Dr. Newman will change the structure of your natural teeth to properly place the veneers. Without this process, they would appear bulky and unnatural. The alterations to the enamel of your tooth make porcelain veneers an irreversible treatment.
How long do porcelain veneers typically last?
In general, porcelain veneers last between five and 10 years. For some patients, they can last even longer. The life expectancy of your veneers depends on several factors, including proper maintenance, which can help improve their longevity.
What maintenance is required for porcelain veneers?
You can care for your porcelain veneers the same way as your natural teeth by routinely brushing and flossing them. We can also monitor the health of your veneers along with your other teeth at your biannual appointment.
In general, porcelain veneers last between five and 10 years. For some patients, they can last even longer.
Patients should avoid chewing hard, non-food items, such as pens, and using your teeth as tools, since veneers are more likely to chip or crack than your natural teeth. You can maintain the color of your veneers by limiting your consumption of dark-colored drinks, such as wine, coffee, tea, or soda. Tobacco products can also stain your veneers.
Contact Us for More Information
Dr. Newman and our team are happy to answer all of your questions about porcelain veneers, discuss the differences between porcelain veneers and Lumineers®, or review any of the other cosmetic services we offer. Send our office a message today to learn more about our treatments or schedule an appointment.