What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are used to treat teeth that are severely stained, worn, crooked, or chipped. They are made of a thin, durable, custom crafted porcelain that fits over your existing teeth like a contact lens. A small amount of tooth structure will need to be removed from the teeth receiving the veneers so the teeth do not appear too bulky. Porcelain veneers can be custom fitted for your new smile in about 2 to 3 visits over 3 to 4 weeks.
How are Porcelain Veneers Made?
They are all hand made by a master ceramist in a dental lab using only the finest materials and latest techniques. There are hundreds of dental labs that dentists may choose from. The experience of the lab technician is critical for the dental veneers to be made to the highest expectations of Dr. Grady and his patients. Our dental labs are located throughout the country and are highly recommended by the top aesthetic dentists in America. It costs a little more, but we believe it is worth it!
Do they last forever?
No, unfortunately not. The average porcelain veneer will last around 12 years. They may also fracture under extreme force such as sports injuries or severe trauma. Using your teeth like tools- biting nails, etc. can also lead to breaking the porcelain veneers.
It is critical that you come in every 6 months to have your new veneers evaluated and to have your teeth cleaned. Gum disease and cavities can happen- even around porcelain veneers!