Porcelain Veneers

Do More Than Just Dream of a Perfect Smile

Do you have an idea of what your perfect smile would look like, but aren't quite sure how to obtain it? Do you have dental flaws, such as stained, chipped, or irregularly shaped teeth, that you wish to correct? If so, Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico offers a potential solution - porcelain veneers. At our Albuquerque, NM, practice, our talented dental professionals are skilled and experienced in providing our patients with customized veneers of the highest quality. Walk into our comfortable, accommodating office and you can walk out with a stunningly brilliant smile. 

For further information about porcelain veneers, please contact our Albuquerque dental practice today.

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Offering Flawless Veneers for a Dazzling Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico offers a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures including ceramic restorations, or veneers, to conceal imperfections including misalignment, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth and discoloration. Dr. Wall discusses the veneer process and the lasting benefits enjoyed by patients.

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Why Choose Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are crafted with your specific smile in mind. The thin porcelain shell is placed securely over the damaged tooth, covering any imperfections. The durable material mimics the light-reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel, giving the appearance of a flawless, natural tooth, and hence a gorgeous smile.

Porcelain veneer compared to a patient's tooth

Porcelain veneers can meet a variety of different cosmetic needs. If you fall into any of the following categories, you may wish to consider porcelain veneers as a solution:

  • You want to close gaps between teeth
  • You want to alter the size or shape of teeth
  • You want to fix chipped or broken teeth
  • You want a brighter and whiter smile, free from stains or discoloration
  • You want to see quick results
  • You prefer to undergo a non-invasive, essentially painless process
  • You want a long-lasting solution to dental flaws

Many patients notice increased happiness and self-confidence after receiving veneers. Feeling secure in your smile can make you more likely to use it, which can improve your overall quality of life.

Determining Your Candidacy

Dark-haired woman smilingA wide range of patients can enhance their smile with porcelain veneers. In general, to qualify for veneers, you should:

  • Be in good oral health
  • Have specific cosmetic flaws you wish to address
  • Be committed to caring for your smile
  • Have a sufficient layer of healthy enamel

Oral health conditions, such as gum disease, tooth decay, and infection, can limit your ability to receive veneers. However, Dr. Wall and our team provide a variety of treatment options to address periodontal problems and improve your chances of success. 

It is important to keep in mind that treatment with veneers is permanent, so be sure to thoroughly discuss all of your options with Dr. Wall during your consultation. If you clench or grind your teeth or are not ready to receive an irreversible treatment, we can offer alternative cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening or dental bonding.

Dr. Wall

Porcelain veneers are the foundation of the most transformative smile makeovers. - Dr. Wall

Preparation and Placement

The process of placing porcelain veneers begins with a consultation with Dr. Wall, during which you will discuss your goals for treatment. Dr. Wall will present your options and offer recommendations. He will additionally answer any questions that you may have, detail potential risks, and go over your medical history.

Many patients notice increased happiness and self-confidence after receiving veneers.

Once you decide to move forward with treatment, your first appointment will be devoted to prepping the teeth. Dr. Wall will remove a small amount of enamel to make room for the porcelain veneers. Next, an impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a lab, where they will serve as the basis of your customized porcelain veneers. Until they are complete, Dr. Wall will provide you with temporary veneers. These are placed over your teeth to protect them until your second visit. 

During your second appointment, Dr. Wall will put the porcelain veneers into place. Once the veneers feel comfortable and you are satisfied with the way they look, Dr. Wall will bond them to your teeth.

Caring for Your Veneers

With proper care, your porcelain veneers can last anywhere from seven to 15 years. While they do not require any specific care, it is important to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine and take care not to damage of your veneers. You should brush and floss your restored teeth daily and use a non-abrasive toothbrush with fluoride. 

Although porcelain is more stain-resistant than enamel, you may want to limit coffee and other foods that can stain the restorations, such as:

  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Berries
  • Tomato soup

Do not bite or chew on hard objects, such as nut shells or pens. You also should avoid using your teeth to open or tear packages. Certain foods can also damage your veneers. 

Even if you are attentive in your care, though, veneers are not meant to last forever. You will likely need to replace them at some point. 

Improving the appearance of a single tooth is usually more affordable than enhancing your entire smile.

Are Veneers Expensive?

The cost of porcelain veneers can vary widely depending on a range of factors. Every smile is unique, meaning the final price of treatment will vary based on each patient’s needs and cosmetic goals. 

Some common factors which impact the cost of veneers include:

  • Materials used
  • Number of teeth being treated
  • Types of preparatory treatments needed
  • Lab fees
  • Skills of the dentist and ceramist

During your initial consultation, Dr. Wall will discuss all of these factors. He can also perform an evaluation of your oral health and identify concerns which may affect the final cost of your potential treatment. 

As a general rule of thumb, though, improving the appearance of a single tooth is usually more affordable than enhancing your entire smile. You can also combine veneers with other procedures, such as whitening, to achieve more dramatic results. However, adding other treatments will raise your final bill.  

Learn More about Porcelain Veneers

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers may be the answer. Contact our Albuquerque dental practice today online or at (505) 883-4488 to learn more about porcelain veneers and schedule an appointment. A friendly, knowledgeable associate is standing by to respond to your inquiries right away.

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