Porcelain Veneers in Westminster, MD at Bowersox Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
If you are looking for a complete smile makeover, look no further than porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made ceramic shells that we can attach over your teeth. They are a perfect option for patients that want to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
If you have one or more chipped tooth, misshapen tooth, or gapped teeth, porcelain veneers can resolve these issues and more. They are a minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry solution.
Dr. Paul Bowersox will give you full control when crafting your ideal smile. He is an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist in Westminster, MD. Visit Dr. Bowersox for a smile makeover consultation to determine how porcelain veneers can help you achieve your dream smile.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
Made from high-quality ceramic material, porcelain veneers are a permanent dental restoration. They will last for many years with good oral hygiene and dental care. The porcelain veneers process typically requires two to three appointments. During your first appointment we will discuss options with you for your porcelain veneers. This is similar to a consultation.
During the second appointment we will create an impression or mold of your teeth so that the veneers will fit perfectly. We will send the impression to a laboratory to make your new dental veneer. The process to take your impression, send it to a laboratory, and send it back to our office takes about 2-4 weeks.
Once we have received your veneer we will notify you to schedule your last appointment. During this time we will clean and polish your tooth before cementing the porcelain veneer to it. We use special dental cement to adhere the veneer to your teeth.
Next, we will set it using a UV light which activates chemicals that allow it to harden quickly. We may recommend that you schedule a follow up appointment a few weeks after we place your veneer to make sure it does not need any adjustments.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our porcelain veneers.
How are porcelain veneers secured to teeth surfaces?
To prepare your teeth for veneers, Dr. Bowersox will take dental impressions to ensure that it fits seamlessly into your smile. Then, Dr. Bowersox will remove a small amount of the tooth surface so that the veneer fits securely without interfering with your bite pattern. Next he will etch the remaining tooth surface so that the dental cement sticks firmly. Finally, he will hold the porcelain veneer in place and cure the cement with a UV light.
What is the difference between porcelain veneers and dental crowns?
Porcelain veneers will only cover the front side of your teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth, but require that your dentist completely shave down your existing tooth to its foundational core. This essentially allows the crown to replace the tooth. Porcelain veneers are much less invasive than dental crowns and are better for more cosmetic purposes.
Will porcelain veneers blend in with my natural teeth?
Yes, the porcelain material that make the veneer helps it appear like a natural tooth. They shine and reflect light just as your natural teeth would. No one should be able to tell that you have porcelain veneers unless you tell them. However, veneers are stain-resistant. This means that you’ll need to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine so that the surrounding teeth do not dull and make the veneer stand out.
How long do porcelain veneers generally last?
Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. With good oral care, diet, and proper treatment, dental veneers can last a long time. It is important to remember that while veneers are permanent and durable, they can still break.
What foods should you avoid with veneers?
Patients with veneers may choose to avoid eating hard or sticky foods. We advise against eating or drinking deeply colored foods including wine and coffee.
Can teeth rot under veneers?
Teeth can begin to decay underneath veneers if cavities form. The decay can result in tooth loss. This is not common but it is not unheard of.
Will my porcelain veneers stain?
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. This means that their color should not change for years after getting them. We also color-match them to each individual’s smile.