Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

Everything You Need to Know about Porcelain Veneers

March 15, 2022
Posted By: Topeka Dentistry

We are thrilled to offer cosmetic dentistry in Topeka, KS, including popular dental veneers. Patients enjoy this option because veneers take care of many issues and give them the smile they've always wanted.

Multiple studies have found that patients are typically very pleased with their smile aesthetics following porcelain veneer placement. We think you'll be happy as well!

What Are Veneers?

If you've ever flipped through a fashion magazine, you've probably noticed the winning smiles—teeth that are symmetrical and beautiful. There's a good chance you were looking at porcelain veneers.

In the past, veneers were primarily exclusive to celebrities and models; today, we are proud to offer quality dental veneers in Topeka, KS.

Dental veneers are thin shells made of stunning porcelain. They fit the front side of your teeth and can correct many tooth flaws, including:

  • Gummy smiles
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Short or worn teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Flawed teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth

Veneers are as versatile as they are beautiful. They are also customized to complement your smile and look natural. Depending on your goals, you can choose to place veneers on one tooth or several.

How Long Will My Procedure Take?

We typically start with a chat and consultation between you and our cosmetic dentist if you're considering dental veneers. This initial appointment determines whether veneers will bring you to your smile goals and whether they are right for you. This is also a great time to ask questions and share your concerns with the dentist.

We schedule preparation and placement if you decide to move forward with dental veneers.

Placing dental veneers means removing a bit of enamel from the teeth you'd like to treat. This placement method helps the veneer flush to your gums and untreated teeth for a uniform and natural-looking finish. Veneers should never appear bulky!

After removing the bit of enamel, your dentist cements your veneers.

Altogether, including your initial consultation, it can take two to three dental appointments to complete treatment.

Are Dental Veneers Permanent?

Some cosmetic procedures are permanent, and veneers fall into this category. When your dentist removes enamel, the tooth must be covered from then on to avoid infection, discoloration, or other oral health complications. In this sense, your veneer becomes your protective tooth enamel. This means that you will have to replace a veneer if it is lost or damaged in the future.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

According to many studies, veneers—primarily porcelain veneers—are known for their longevity. Your veneers can last up to thirty years or longer with healthy habits.

However, the way you care for your veneers plays an important role.

  • Brush and floss just as you did before veneer placement.
  • Visit your dentist twice yearly for preventive checkups.
  • Report any oral health changes promptly to your Topeka dentist.
  • Never use your veneers for tools—for example, opening a bottle.
  • If you're diagnosed with bruxism, ask about a nightguard.
  • If you play sports, ask about a mouthguard.

The team at Topeka Dentistry wants you to get the most out of your new veneers, which includes years of wear!

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost in Topeka, KS?

Because each case is unique, the final cost varies.

Cost considerations include:

  • Required pretreatments for candidacy
  • Number of veneers you're looking for
  • The complexity of veneer placement

However, based on findings and decisions at your initial consultation, our team can calculate the cost before you make any decisions about treatment.

You Deserve a Winning Smile!

Drs. Carrie B. Peterson and Benjamin Rutherford are thrilled to help you reach your smile goals through cosmetic dentistry. If you would like to arrange a consultation, give us a call today. And don't forget to ask about any current specials.

We are happy to accept financing through CareCredit and GreenSky.

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