Porcelain Veneers

Worn, chipped, or discolored teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and avoid smiling in public.

Porcelain veneers fit over the front surfaces of teeth to conceal a variety of cosmetic imperfections and create a more beautiful, symmetrical smile.

So what makes veneers such a great option?

Porcelain Veneers Can Dramatically Enhance Your Smile

A Versatile Treatment

Porcelain veneers can be used to conceal a wide range of aesthetic flaws, including chips, cracks, misalignment, and stubborn discoloration.

Natural-Looking Results

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we craft our veneers from advanced dental ceramic. This material mimics the properties of natural tooth enamel and can blend seamlessly into your smile.

Quality and Durability

While incredibly thin, veneers are also remarkably strong. With proper care, your veneers can last up to 25 years without fracturing or staining.

Take a closer look at how veneers fit into your smile...

If You Are Dissatisfied with Your Smile, You Are Not Alone...

Am I a candidate for veneers?

Patients with Good Oral Health Often Qualify for Porcelain Veneers

Do You Have Sufficient Enamel?

Because the veneers process requires that we remove a small amount of enamel, we will check the condition of your tooth structure before recommending this treatment.

Do You Grind Your Teeth?

Grinding or clenching your teeth can damage your veneers. For some patients with bruxism, a mouthguard can restore their candidacy for porcelain veneers.

Are You in Good Oral Health?

Before placing your veneers, Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can perform a full examination to determine the health of your teeth and gums. If he detects any cavities or gum disease, he can recommend the appropriate treatment, such as dental fillings or periodontal care

I've heard veneers are expensive...

Porcelain Veneers Offer a Comprehensive Result Not Found with Simpler Procedures

If you are concerned about the cost of veneers, there are several alternatives which are less expensive. For certain cosmetic issues, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt can achieve similar results with dental bonding or teeth whitening.

However, neither of these treatments can match the natural-looking and comprehensive effects of treatment with veneers. The advanced dental porcelain mimics the properties of natural teeth for stunning results.

I'm still not sure veneers can help me...

Porcelain Veneers Can Enhance Teeth That Are...

So how do veneers work?

Placing Your Veneers

The veneer placement process can generally be completed in two office visits.

First Visit

Preparation

During the first visit, your doctor can carefully prepare and reshape the teeth. This will involve removing a small amount of enamel so the veneer fits seamlessly within your smile.

Impressions

Once the teeth are prepared, we can take impressions. These will be used by the dental laboratory to fabricate veneers that match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.

Temporary Placement

To help protect your teeth in the interim, we may place temporary veneers.

About one to two weeks later, you can return to our practice to receive your veneers. 

Second Visit

Check the Fit

Your doctor can clean and dry your teeth and check that the veneers fit properly.

Bonding

Once you and your doctor are happy with the results, he can apply a special etching solution on the teeth being treated and permanently bond the veneer in place

Finishing Touches

Your doctor can then polish your teeth to reveal your newly transformed smile.

Watch the veneer placement process in action...

Seeing the Results of Your Veneers

Once your veneers are in place, you can immediately return to normal activities as long as you did not receive sedation. While you may feel some mild discomfort, you can enjoy immediate results after your veneer placement.

Although results can vary depending on several factors, most of our patients experience a brighter and more youthful-looking smile.

Wondering what kind of results you can expect...

Caring for Your Veneers

Caring for your veneers is crucial to their longevity. You should adhere to a good oral hygiene regimen to keep your smile healthy and avoid certain foods and activities so as not to damage their appearance.

We recommend patients:

  • Avoid chewing on pen caps and other hard objects
  • Avoid using their teeth to open packages
  • Avoid biting their nails
  • Avoid chewing sticky and hard candies
  • Minimize stain-causing foods and beverages, such as red wine, coffee, chocolate, and tomato-based products

 When veneers are properly cared for, they can last a decade or more.

But can I afford veneers?

Understanding the Cost of Porcelain Veneers

Many factors can impact the porcelain veneers cost, including the materials used, the number of veneers placed, and the experience of your dentist. During your consultation, Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt can evaluate your oral health and provide you with a cost estimate so you can budget accordingly. To make care more manageable, Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney accepts CareCredit® and Citi® Health Card financing to assist patients with any out-of-pocket costs.

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Veneers

Veneers can range in cost from several hundred to a few thousand dollars per tooth. The overall cost is dependent on a variety of factors, including:

  • Type of Veneers: At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we offer state-of-the-art IPS e.max® and IPS Empress® porcelain. Each option delivers stunning, realistic results and lasting durability. However the type you choose can affect the final cost of treatment.
  • Number of Veneers: Patients who only require one to two veneers will typically have a lower treatment cost than patients who are addressing their entire smile.
  • Experience of the Doctor: The experience, training, and credibility of the dentist placing your veneers can also impact the overall cost. A doctor with decades of experience will typically charge more than a dentist new to the industry. However, an experienced dentist has a greater chance of delivering better results. When researching a cosmetic dentist to place your veneers, it is important to review their success rates and patient satisfaction. Both Dr. Pinnix and Dr. Betancourt are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

If you have additional questions about the cost of your unique treatment, our team would be happy to further assist you during your consultation.

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney we offer state-of-the-art IPS e.max® and IPS Empress® porcelain.

Financing Your Veneers

Because porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic dentistry treatment, they are generally not covered by dental insurance. However, we understand that having a straighter smile can boost your self-confidence and transform your appearance. To help make treatment more budget-friendly, we accept financing through CareCredit and Citi Health Card. 
With these financing plans, your treatment can be divided into affordable, monthly payments.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Often referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers are customized shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They conceal various cosmetic blemishes beneath. Each shell is crafted from medical-grade ceramic, color-matched to provide realistic results. For patients who desire an even brighter smile, we can provide a professional teeth whitening treatment first before the color of the shells is chosen. Many patients who have minor orthodontic issues and cosmetic concerns find this procedure beneficial, since it addresses both with just one treatment.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have good oral health but are unhappy with the aesthetics of their smile due to:

  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth

Before placing your veneers, your doctor can perform a full examination to determine the health of your teeth and gums. If he detects any cavities or gum disease, he can recommend the appropriate treatment. Any oral health complications must first be addressed with dental fillings or periodontal care before proceeding with veneers. Because the veneers process requires that we remove a small amount of enamel, we will also check the condition of the tooth structure. Patients with weak or insufficient enamel, or those who struggle with teeth grinding, may not qualify for treatment.

Veneers vs. Orthodontics

Deciding whether porcelain veneers or orthodontics is the right choice for you will depend on your budget, the complexity of your concerns, your time commitment, and your cosmetic goals. Patients who wish to maintain their natural teeth, but are struggling with dental misalignment and minor extrinsic stains can transform their smiles with Invisalign® and a professional teeth whitening treatment. Depending on the number of teeth that need to be repaired, this treatment may be more affordable than porcelain veneers. However, final results could take one to two years. Patients who have both damaged and misaligned teeth can transform their smile in less than one month with porcelain veneers.

Often referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers are customized shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth.

Types of Veneers

Once your doctor has determined your candidacy, he can carefully explain the treatment process and the costs involved. During your consultation, it is important to discuss all of your concerns so the doctor can tailor the treatment plan to meet your goals. We can also review the different types of porcelain veneers available. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we offer both IPS e.max and IPS Empress porcelain veneers:

  • IPS e.max: This material is composed of lithium disilicate, a highly aesthetic and durable ceramic that bonds well with enamel for lasting results.
  • IPS Empress: Made from pressed lithium disilicate with lucite-glass ceramic, this material provides a wide range of shade-matching options to deliver realistic results.

We can review your unique needs, goals, and preferences to determine which solution would be most appropriate for you.

Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney

Dr. Pinnix (Left) and Dr. Betancourt (Right)

At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, our goal is to enhance your quality of life through dentistry. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt are proud to be associated with a range of prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International College of Oral Implantoligists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (704) 543-1102 today.

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