Do you avoid smiling due to imperfections in your teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. A dental veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is attached to the front surface of a tooth to conceal flaws. Using a variety of techniques and materials, Dr. Kooyman can customize your porcelain veneers to fit your needs for an optimal result. Learn more about the porcelain veneers offered at our Meridian and Boise-area practice and how they can help you smile with confidence by scheduling a consultation today.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry options available. Veneers can be used to cover a variety of aesthetic flaws to create a more uniform and pleasing smile. In addition, they can be used to add more width or length to a tooth. They are less invasive than dental crowns and more durable than dental bonding. We can use veneers to fix a flaw on just one tooth or many teeth, or we can apply them to all of the front teeth for a smile makeover.
At CR Smiles – Meridian Dental Care, we offer several types of porcelain veneers to fit each patient’s unique needs. We are happy to offer LUMINEERS®, which can often be placed directly on the tooth without needing to be prepped, preserving more natural tooth structure and saving time. We also offer Emax and Empress® veneers to fit different needs.
Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who has good dental health and is unhappy with the appearance of his or her smile can benefit from porcelain veneers. Those who have the dental issues listed below are especially good candidates for veneers.
- Chips and cracks
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Gaps or spaces between the teeth
- Stains and discolorations that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments
For patients who have tooth decay or who have lost tooth enamel, another restorative dentistry option, such as a dental crown, may be a better treatment choice.
Porcelain Veneers Placement Procedure
Porcelain veneers can be placed in just two visits to our Meridian office after your initial consultation.
- Visit One – Tooth Preparation: During your first visit, your teeth will be prepared to receive the porcelain veneers. A thin layer of enamel will be removed from the front surface of each recipient’s tooth to provide space for the porcelain and to ensure a proper bonding surface. An impression of the area will then be made so that your veneers can be custom crafted by our dental laboratory. Finally, temporary veneers will be attached to your prepared teeth to protect them until your permanent veneers are ready.
- Visit Two – Veneer Placement: In about one to two weeks your permanent veneers will be ready and you will return to our office to have them placed. We begin by carefully removing your temporary veneers. We will then try your permanent veneers on your teeth to make sure they fit correctly. We will make any necessary adjustments to the veneers and then cement them into place. Each tooth with a veneer will be exposed to a special light to harden the cement, ensuring they are tightly bonded.
What do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
If you are considering porcelain veneers, you may be interested in the cost of the procedure. Since we customize the veneer procedure to each patient’s individual needs, we can’t estimate a cost for your treatment until we have seen you for an initial consultation. During this consultation, Dr. Kooyman will examine your teeth and speak with you about your goals for treatment. He will then develop a treatment plan that will achieve the results you desire. Only then can he give you a cost for your veneers. However, it should be noted that porcelain veneers are one of the most cost-effective ways to dramatically improve your smile.