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Porcelain Veneers – Blackwell, OK

One Treatment, Two Visits, One Beautiful Smile!

A closeup of a white smile.

If there’s one aspect about their smile that people wish they could change, it’s the numerus stains and wear and tear that comes with normal use. Enamel begins to wear down over time, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a smile you’re not proud to show off. Porcelain veneers from Dr. Neale and Dr. Healy help you transform your smile quickly and effectively for many years to come. If you want to solve multiple imperfections simultaneously while saving money on other cosmetic treatments, porcelain veneers may be for you. Contact our office to speak with one of our expert cosmetic dentists!

What are Porcelain Veneers?

A row of porcelain veneers compared to imperfect teeth.

Originally made from a block of durable dental ceramic, porcelain veneers are ultra-thin coverings designed to adhere to the visible portions of teeth when you smile. While dental veneers have been around for decades, porcelain veneers are far more durable and natural-looking than the composite resin veneers of the past. Today, veneers are meant to stay on teeth for a minimum of 10 years and can easily last as long as 15 to 20 years when properly maintained.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

A woman smiling outside.

Outside of their longevity, porcelain veneers are the most natural-looking solution to imperfections in your smile. Not only are they shaded to blend in with the rest of your teeth, but porcelain reflects much in the same way as natural tooth enamel. That means your teeth will only blend in more effectively, regardless of the time of day.

Furthermore, porcelain is made significantly less stain-resistant compared to natural enamel. That is because this substance does not carry the many scratches, cracks and crevices for pigmentated foods to seep into and stain. Its smooth surface combined with a protective resin coating makes it the perfect solution for fixing cosmetic damage.

Speaking of imperfections, there are few treatments proven to be as comprehensive as porcelain veneers. If you’re trying to hide any of the following issues, chances are porcelain veneers can accomplish the task with ease. These issues include:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Permanent discoloration unresponsive to whitening treatment
  • Minor gaps
  • Crooked or rotated teeth
  • Misshapen or undersized teeth

What Does the Procedure Entail?

A diagram of a porcelain veneer.

Receiving your new veneers is a relatively simple procedure. After you have a cosmetic consultation to discuss exactly what about your smile you’d like to improve, the dentist will begin preparing your teeth for veneer placement. This involves removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel in order to make room for the veneers. Once prepared, we’ll take an impression of your smile and send that mold to a trusted offsite dental lab. There, your permanent veneers will be created and mailed to our office, typically about two weeks after preparation. During that waiting period, you’ll be given temporary veneers so you can get used to your new appearance!

At your second visit, the dentist will fit your veneers and make any adjustments as needed. After placement, you’ll get the chance to confirm best practices for keeping your smile white.