Porcelain Veneers Frequently Asked Questions – Birmingham

Porcelain veneers have been extremely popular over the last few years, but there are lots of people who are not quite sure what they are and how they work. Here at Maniscalco Cosmetic Dentistry, we get lots of questions from patients all over the Birmingham area who would like more information about porcelain veneers. Right now we’d like to answer some of the most common questions we receive so that you can have a solid understanding of porcelain veneers and what they can accomplish.

What are porcelain veneers?

Here are some basic facts about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of a special dental ceramic material. When a patient has a dental problem affecting the appearance of his or her tooth, a porcelain veneer can be adhered to the front of that tooth in order to mask the imperfection.

What dental problems can porcelain veneers fix?

There are several dental problems that porcelain veneers can fix. Serious tooth discoloration can be hidden with porcelain veneers. If you have a chipped tooth or a cracked tooth, these can be masked with a porcelain veneer. Even crooked teeth or misaligned teeth can be evened out through the smart use of porcelain veneers.

Who are the best candidates for porcelain veneers?

The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who have healthy tooth structure and good dental health overall. A small amount of tooth material will need to be removed for the placement of the porcelain veneer (roughly half a millimeter), so good tooth strength is a must. Dr. Maniscalco will be able to determine if they are the right option for you during your porcelain veneers consultation at our practice in Birmingham.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

The benefits of porcelain veneers are many. The biggest benefit is that they are so versatile and can be used to address a host of dental problems in a relatively short and efficient amount of time. Another great benefit is that when they are in place, they look completely natural. No one will know that you have had porcelain veneers placed.

What is the porcelain veneers process?

The porcelain veneers procedure is essentially a simple three-step process. First the tooth is prepped and an impression is taken of the prepped tooth. This impression is sent to a dental lab so that the permanent veneer can be made. The second step is the placement of the temporary veneer. Once the permanent veneer is crafted, the final step will be the placement of the permanent porcelain veneer.

How do I care for my porcelain veneers when they are in place?

Proper care of porcelain veneers is quite simple. All you really need to do is brush your teeth and floss as you normally would to maintain good dental hygiene and visit Maniscalco Cosmetic Dentistry twice a year for your regular checkups. We’ll be able to monitor and make adjustments when needed and as needed over time.

Are porcelain veneers expensive?

Porcelain veneers can be expensive, though the price will vary based on the dentist, your geographic location, and the complexity of the dental issue that needs to be addressed. With all that in mind, the average cost of porcelain veneers is usually $1,000 to $2,000 per veneer.

Are there payment options or financing plans available?

You will be happy to know that there are porcelain veneer payment plans and financing options available. Dr. Maniscalco and all of us here at Maniscalco Cosmetic Dentistry know that even necessary dental care treatments can put a strain on the wallet, but we’ll be more than happy to discuss your various options for payment.

How can I learn more about porcelain veneers?

While we’ve answered some basic questions, you probably have a lot more questions about porcelain veneers you’d like to ask. If so, we would love to speak to you in person here at Maniscalco Cosmetic Dentistry. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Maniscalco to talk about porcelain veneers, contact our cosmetic dentistry practice in Birmingham today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you.