How long will it take to get my new smile?
About 2-3 weeks, start to finish. It involves a first visit for preparation and walking out with temporary veneers. You will then return in 2 weeks to have the final veneers placed on your teeth, completed.
Will it hurt?
Never! Local anesthetic is always used and the option of sedation eliminates fear, anxiety or just the negative feeling you get thinking of work being done.
Will my veneers come off?
Very, very rarely. Almost never. Traditional caps or crown come off much more frequently than porcelain veneers.
Will my smile look like chicklets?
No! This concern comes from "cosmetic dental" treatment done in the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's. Again this treatment involved traditional "caps or crown" with a metal understructure that had to be covered with white porcelain to hide the dark metal. This almost always gave an opaque artificial look, like a "chicklet". Natural teeth are translucent. Porcelain veneers are translucent too. That's why veneers we designs look totally natural.
Will I like my new smile?
Absolutely yes! How can we say that with such conviction? Very simply, we have developed "discovery protocols" that allow our clients to wear a preliminary, work in progress, veneer. This lets each person dictate exactly what they like and dislike and to make changes accordingly. Once our client is 100% satisfied, we then make copies of that design, and that becomes the blueprint for the laboratory to follow. When you, the patient, looks in the mirror once the final veneers are placed, you see exactly what you expected because you helped design your new smile!
How long will my new veneers last?
Hopefully for life. We have found the longevity for porcelain veneers is excellent. Cases we completed more than 20 years ago are all in tact. Veneered teeth will of course wear and chip like all natural teeth. We do recommend all of our patients wear night guards to protect their veneered teeth, just like we make the same recommendation to patients with all natural teeth.