Porcelain Veneers & Lumineers Transform Smiles
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Valentine offers traditional veneers and minimal-prep veneers, including DURAthins and Lumineers. You should consider porcelain veneers or Lumineers if you want to:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Eliminate permanent stains
- Repair chips or cracks
- Straighten crooked teeth
- Make your smile bigger
During your porcelain veneers consultation, Dr. Valentine will listen to your goals and study your features. She’ll select the appropriate type of veneers for your unique dentition. If traditional porcelain veneers are indicated, Dr. Valentine will review examples with you and then create a custom design. A skilled ceramist will handcraft your veneers at our dental lab, and you’ll return for permanent placement of the restorations.
In some situations, Lumineers or DURAthins are a good choice. These no-prep veneers are best suited to patients with small teeth.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentistry treatment that can “kill two birds with one stone,” porcelain veneers do just that. Placing veneers can conceal virtually all aesthetic flaws in your teeth in one fell swoop. However, you may have some questions before you commit to the procedure. Below, you’ll find the answers to some of the questions about veneers that Dr. Valentine gets asked the most often. Feel free to call us if you don’t find the information you’re looking for!
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
While dental porcelain is quite durable, veneers unfortunately do not last forever. Your teeth and gums naturally change shape as you age, which is why your veneers will eventually need to be replaced. Depending on how well you care for them, you can expect your veneers to last upwards of a decade, possibly even two.
How Do I Take Care of My Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers require very little maintenance beyond what you should already be extending to your natural teeth. To keep your veneers clean, you’ll need to brush, floss, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash daily. It’s also important to visit us at least twice a year for your routine checkups and cleanings. Lastly, if you grind your teeth at night or play sports, ask us about a custom-made mouthguard to protect your smile.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of your veneers will depend on how many you’re receiving and whether you’ll want any other cosmetic procedures to go along with them, such as teeth whitening or gum recontouring. Veneers generally cost more than other cosmetic services, but they’re also the most versatile. They essentially combine all of the benefits of teeth whitening, bonding, crowns, and orthodontic treatment into one procedure. For that reason, most of our patients with veneers have stated they were worth every single penny.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Porcelain Veneers?
Because veneers are often considered an elective procedure, most dental insurance providers will not cover it. However, there may be exceptions. For example, if your veneer will be protecting a severely chipped or weakened tooth, it may overlap into restorative dentistry. Your insurance may then cover 50% or more of the cost.
Dr. Valentine accepts most major PPO dental insurance plans. Our team can even file your claims for you. If you do not have insurance, we also accept payment plans through CareCredit and Lending USA. Many of these plans have very low or even zero interest.