Porcelain Dental Veneers in Spokane
Would you like to instantly change your smile, without multiple treatments or invasive procedures? With our most natural looking dental veneers, anyone can have a brand new smile in Spokane.
What Is a Veneer?
Veneers are small pieces of porcelain placed over the front, biting edges of the teeth to improve their appearance. Each dental veneer is made of high-quality material that reflects the shape, size and coloration of a naturally desirable tooth. Veneers can improve the appearance of a single tooth or multiple teeth. The results are instant, dramatic and, with the proper care, long-lasting.
What Do Veneers Improve?
Nearly every type of cosmetic imperfection can be changed when veneers are applied. Patients commonly choose veneers to beautify teeth that are:
- Broken / chipped
- Short / misshapen
- Discolored / stained
- Worn or uneven
Veneers are best for cases where the imperfection is superficial or slight. More significant structural or spacing problems require other restorative solutions such as crowns, bridges or orthodontics.
The Veneers Placement Process
During a consultation with Dr. Ryan R. Love, each patient gets to design his or her new smile, one tooth at a time. Goals for tooth coloration, shape, size and how wide of an area to treat are discussed during the appointment. Dr. Love takes impressions and measurements of the patient’s teeth to send to the dental laboratory that crafts the restorations. He carefully color-matches the porcelain to the patient’s surrounding teeth for a seamless result. Dr. Love can also create a three-dimensional model of how the teeth will look after the veneers have been placed.
Depending on the specific type of veneer, he may need to remove a small bit of tooth enamel in order to make room to accommodate the restoration. If this is the case, a temporary veneer can be placed to wear while the permanent restoration is being fabricated. Temporary veneers give patients the opportunity to spend some time “previewing” their newly veneered smile; some offer feedback for adjustments based on the temporary restorations.
Once the lab has constructed the custom permanent veneers, the patient returns to the office to have them placed. The veneer is placed over the front, biting edges of the tooth and bonded into place with a strong adhesive. Any last-minute adjustments for fit or comfort are made, and the veneer is polished.
Patients that receive dental veneers are pleasantly surprised to walk out of the office with a brand new smile in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Frequently Asked Questions About Porcelain Veneers
Why would someone choose to get veneers?
Veneers are a wonderful way to cover up the appearance of imperfect or flawed teeth. Veneers are often placed over teeth that are mildly chipped or cracked, abnormally shaped or worn down. Veneers can also be placed to conceal uneven or irregular spacing between two teeth.
Who is not a good candidate for veneers?
Patients who have badly cracked or broken teeth likely need greater coverage with another type of restoration like a crown. Patients who have extensive tooth decay or gum disease should postpone veneer treatment until those dental health issues have been resolved.
Does it hurt to get veneers?
No, the process of getting porcelain veneers is not painful. Local anesthesia numbs the mouth while the veneers are placed. After placement, the veneered teeth might be slightly sensitive, but this is usually temporary.
How long do veneers last?
With the proper care, veneers can last five to 15 years.
Are porcelain veneers strong?
Yes, porcelain is a strong, durable material that can stand up to the forces of biting and chewing for many years. However, it is beneficial for patients with veneers to avoid biting down on very hard foods or ice, and to avoid using their teeth to open packages or bottles, as those behaviors can damage the veneers.
Why are porcelain veneers considered non-reversible?
To prepare for the veneer, a small amount of tooth structure must be removed and the tooth carefully reshaped. Therefore, a veneered tooth will always need to have a veneer or another restoration (e.g., crown) covering it.
Can I get veneers if I grind or clench my teeth?
Patients who habitually grind or clench their teeth at night should get fitted for a custom mouth guard to protect the integrity of the veneers. Mouth guards do not stop the grinding or clenching but they act as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth.
Can porcelain veneers develop stains?
No. Porcelain veneers cannot stain like natural tooth enamel.
Will my veneers match the rest of my teeth?
Veneers are designed to closely match the surrounding teeth in shape, size, color and texture. It is very difficult to tell the difference between a well-placed veneer and a natural tooth.
Another option for patients who want whiter teeth is to get veneers in a lighter shade than their natural teeth and then have teeth whitening treatment to match the veneers.
Can veneers develop cavities?
Veneers cannot develop cavities but the underlying tooth structure can. For this reason, it is important to practice excellent oral hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing, and to limit the consumption of sugary, starchy foods.
How many veneers do I need?
An in-person consultation with Dr. Love can shed light on the number of veneers required. Dr. Love can also clarify whether veneers or another type of restoration (e.g., a crown) or treatment (e.g., dental bonding) can provide better results.
Do veneers require any special care?
No. Veneers can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.
Contact Dr. Ryan Love
Dr. Love believes that the right dental technology can make treatment quicker, safer and more comfortable for his patients. He invests in high-tech systems and tools that help him to be more efficient and treatment outcomes more accurate.
The revolutionary CEREC system enables him to plan, create and place top-quality crowns and bridges in a single visit. Tools such as cone beam CT scans help Dr. Love to capture three-dimensional images of the teeth, soft tissues and bone of the jaw for more precise treatment planning. Systems like the Sirona guided implant system help Dr. Love carefully map out treatment for more predictable dental implant results. Thanks to these key pieces of technology, Dr. Love’s patients save considerable time, money and effort on dental treatment.
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