A beautiful smile can light up your entire facial appearance, helping you make great first impressions in both your personal life and professional career. If you tend to hide your teeth because you feel embarrassed by how they look, our team at Kois Dentistry offers a variety of solutions that can help. Many patients only need a simple cosmetic dental procedure to completely transform the look of their smile. With options like porcelain veneers, you can get the flawless smile you have always wanted.
Dr. Dean Kois is a prosthodontist who has undergone extensive dental training, including three additional years of dental school and a master’s degree in Dental Science, as well as several years of experience perfecting patients’ smiles with solutions like porcelain veneers. He strives to help those who feel self-conscious about their teeth achieve the smile of their dreams.
- What Are Dental Veneers?
- Porcelain Veneer Benefits
- Porcelain Veneer Procedure
- Porcelain Veneer Results
- Porcelain Veneer Cost
- Porcelain Veneer & Insurance
- Additional FAQs About Veneers
What Are Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are composed of a thin shell that is placed over the front of the affected tooth to correct a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as chips, cracks, stains, or misshapen teeth. At Kois Dentistry, our team offers veneers made with a durable porcelain material to create an especially natural-looking outcome. The custom-made porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth surface, producing a stunning smile transformation.
Would You Benefit from Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a versatile treatment option that can be used to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Common issues that can be addressed by veneers include the following:
- Chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Eroded tooth enamel
How Are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
Veneer placement is generally performed over the course of two office visits. During your first visit, Dr. Kois will prepare your teeth for veneer placement by gently removing a small amount of enamel (about the thickness of the veneer itself) from your teeth. To ensure that your veneers look as natural as possible, Dr. Kois will then make an impression of your mouth to create a model of your teeth. He will also take photos and digital X-rays of your mouth and use a color guide to match the shade of your natural teeth so that your veneers will look as natural as possible. After this is done, Dr. Kois will place temporary veneers on your teeth until your permanent veneers are ready (usually after about three weeks).
On your second office visit, Dr. Kois will remove your temporary veneers and place your permanent veneers. Before bonding them to the teeth, Dr. Kois will try on each veneer and evaluate them, making sure that they appear natural and fit comfortably. He will ensure that they are to your liking and are perfect for your smile. Veneer placement involves little to no discomfort, and no recovery is needed afterwards. This allows you to leave our office ready to show off your new smile to the world!
Love Dr. Kois and team! After a series of unfortunate dental experiences – they are giving me much comfort! I am so relieved and grateful to have found them. Now our whole family is with dr. Kois!
April 11, 2014
What Can I Expect After Getting Porcelain Veneers?
Immediately after your veneers procedure, you can resume your normal activities without any downtime. When it comes to caring for your veneers, no additional maintenance is required. You should continue to practice good oral hygiene habits, including daily flossing and twice-daily brushing, as well as schedule routine dental exams and professional teeth cleanings.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
How long your veneers last depends on how well you take care of them. With the proper care and attention, veneers can last anywhere from seven to 20 years. Keep in mind, however, that veneers can chip or become loose and fall off. If this happens, they should be bonded back into place or replaced with new veneers. To help avoid excess wear and tear, you may want to avoid chewing on hard foods or objects, as well as using your teeth as tools to open packages. If you grind your teeth at night, you will most likely be recommended to wear a protective night guard when you sleep.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers will depend on the type and number used. On average, porcelain veneers cost between $925 to $2,500 per tooth. The amount you can expect to pay may vary based on the expertise of your dental professional, the fees from the laboratory, and the geographic location of the practice you are seeking care. For a pricing quote, please schedule a consultation at Kois Dentistry to discuss your options. Once a personalized treatment plan has been established, our team can help you better understand what your veneers will ultimately cost.
Will Dental Insurance Cover Porcelain Veneers?
No, porcelain veneers are considered an elective cosmetic treatment. Therefore, they are not covered by most dental insurance plans. Alternative treatments, such as orthodontic therapy to straighten teeth or dental bonding to repair small chips or cracks, may be covered by dental insurance plans. Check with your individual insurer to confirm guidelines for coverage.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers
Who Will Make My Veneers?
We work with several dental laboratories whose work is consistently superb. Skilled dental technicians will create your veneers based on the impressions and information that we take and send to them.
Does Veneer Placement Hurt?
No, the placement of veneers is not painful. Before the teeth are prepared for veneers, they are numbed so there is no pain or discomfort. The teeth are also numbed when the temporary veneers are removed and the permanent veneers are cemented into place.
Will My Teeth Be Sensitive After Veneers Placement?
Because veneers placement requires that a small amount of tooth structure be removed, the tooth might be sensitive for a few days. We can place temporary veneers over the prepared tooth while the permanent restoration is being constructed, which can help reduce or prevent sensitivity.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
The placement of porcelain veneers is typically an irreversible process. This is due to the fact a small layer of your outer tooth will be removed to ensure a secure and natural-looking fit for the custom-made veneer. Although porcelain veneers can last for decades with the proper care, most patients will need to replace their veneers at some point in their life.
Will My Veneers Look Like My Natural Teeth?
Yes, your veneers will be created to match your natural teeth in size, shape and color. Once placed, no one should be able to tell your veneered teeth from your natural teeth.
Can Porcelain Veneers Stain or Discolor?
No, porcelain cannot stain or discolor like natural teeth. They also do not respond to teeth whitening treatment.
Can Veneers Develop Cavities?
Veneered teeth can develop cavities just as non-veneered teeth can, but veneers do not affect the likelihood of getting cavities. To prevent cavities, brush and floss the veneered teeth like you would normal teeth.
What Is the Difference Between a Dental Crown and a Dental Veneer?
While the material is generally the same, dental crowns and veneers are used differently. Veneers are used for cosmetic purposes to cover up superficial imperfections, and crowns are used to restore teeth that are broken or badly damaged. Veneers are thin sheets or layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. Crowns are designed to recreate the entire, 360-degree exterior of the tooth.
Why Wait to Perfect Your Smile?
Are you curious about the smile you can have with veneers — a smile that still looks like yours, only better? To learn more about the veneers we offer, schedule a consultation with one of our Seattle cosmetic dentists today by calling Kois Dentistry at (206) 515-9500.