Porcelain veneers can be used to correct a variety of dental health and cosmetic concerns. Perhaps one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, porcelain veneers can help fix misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth, damaged teeth, or stained teeth. Dr. Doyle Freano offers custom-made porcelain veneers in Lexington, KY to help patients achieve the smile they desire and improve overall dental health.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers offer durable, stain-resistant, and permanent cosmetic results. These procedures are designed to blend in with your natural smile. Made from ultra-thin, translucent dental porcelain, porcelain veneers enable Dr. Freano to address a variety of dental concerns. We work closely with patients to ensure the end result is comfortable, looks like your natural teeth, and is long-lasting. View porcelain veneers before and after photos of real patients on our smile gallery.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
It is important that any underlying dental problems be diagnosed and addressed for any dentistry to provide lasting results, including porcelain veneers. As a practitioner of complete dentistry, Dr. Freano takes the time to analyze a patient’s entire occlusal system and look for imbalances that will compromise results.
The porcelain veneer procedure begins with a comprehensive dental exam and consultation with Dr. Freano. We will first determine if custom-made porcelain veneers are the most suitable solution for you. He will discuss the treatment plan and expected results. It usually takes 2 to 3 visits for patients to receive veneers in our Lexington dentist’s office. Dr. Freano will prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure. This creates room for the veneers to fit comfortably and securely in your mouth, and a rough surface for the veneers to grip.
Dr. Freano will send impressions of your teeth along with treatment specifications to a highly talented ceramist. The specialist will hand-fabricate each dental veneer in a laboratory. It generally takes about 3 weeks for Dr. Freano to receive your final restorations.
At your final appointment, Dr. Freano will fit the veneers on your teeth, and adjust them if necessary for a secure and comfortable fit. Then, he will cement them to your teeth for a permanent restoration. He will provide any specific long-term care instructions for maintaining your new smile.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
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How long do porcelain veneers last?
They typically last for about ten years. With proper care and routine dental exams, you will not have to worry about replacing them periodically. If you neglect your dental health, you may need to replace them sooner.
What if my veneers fall off?
On the rare occasion that a veneer falls off, try to locate it and bring it into our Lexington dentist office for a replacement. Permanent veneers do not tend to just fall off or break unexpectedly. Very old veneers are prone to this issue. Tooth decay can contribute to a veneer falling off. For example, if it’s been a long time since you had your teeth checked and decay has eaten away at the natural tooth behind the veneer.
Should I get crowns or veneers?
It really depends on your situation. Veneers are more of a cosmetic dental treatment versus dental crowns. Crowns can effectively cover an entire tooth to seal out the decay and deep stains. Veneers only cover the front of teeth. Your situation may not warrant an entire dental crown to be placed. Your dentist will recommend the best course of action and help you compare your options.
Is the porcelain veneers process painful?
No, the porcelain veneers process will not cause pain or stress on your gums and teeth. You will be administered local anesthesia to prevent discomfort, but sometimes this is not necessary.
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To schedule a dental exam and risk-free consultation for porcelain veneers, give us a call at 859-554-1586 or request a dental appointment online today.
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