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Porcelain Veneers – Goodlettsville, TN

Covering the Flaws to Create a Perfect Smile

A female patient smiling after porcelain veneer treatment

Smile imperfections are a reality for most people. Although it might seem as if there is little you can do about the flaws that exist on your teeth, you’ll be happy to learn that at Goodlettsville Smiles, we have the perfect solution for your situation – porcelain veneers in Goodlettsville, TN. This unique cosmetic dentistry service is considered one of the most popular methods of treatments among Hollywood’s elite. Fortunately, you don’t have to own expensive cars or have millions of dollars in the bank to achieve the same results. To find out if you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, contact us to schedule an appointment.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Image of porcelain veneers being placed over natural teeth

Using thin ceramic, porcelain veneers are like tiny masks that fit over the surface of your natural teeth. Designed to match your desired color, size, and shape, veneers are one of the most versatile methods of treatment.

Don’t like the size of your teeth? Worried about the noticeable stains on your front teeth? With porcelain veneers, your cosmetic dentist in Goodlettsville can quickly hide your flaws and have you seeing a new and improved smile in no time at all. 

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

A person’s smile with porcelain veneers

During your consultation with Dr. McClain, don’t be surprised if she shares some of the many benefits associated with porcelain veneers. There are often so many different cosmetic solutions available that hide problem areas, but you’ll need to consider the benefits to help in your decision-making process. Some of these include:

  • Natural appearance – Porcelain veneers are custom-made to look just like regular, healthy teeth. Dental lab technicians use the designated color, size, and shape to create these small teeth coverings. Once placed by your dentist in Goodlettsville, they will take on the appearance of your natural teeth.
  • Stain-resistant – The coating on the porcelain veneers are much more resistant to stains than regular tooth enamel. However, it is important to know that just because it is harder for your veneers to stain doesn’t mean they cannot so be mindful of your lifestyle habits and how many dark-colored beverages you are consuming on a daily basis.
  • Customizable – You can enjoy a brand-new smile that is custom-made to your specifications and liking. You and Dr. McClain will work together to create your ideal smile.
  • Less-invasive approach – Unlike the placement of a dental crown, porcelain veneers are much easier to place and require that we remove only a minimal amount of the tooth enamel in the preparation process.

What Do Porcelain Veneers Help Conceal?

A young woman holding up a drawn-on smile with missing and misshapen teeth

Known for their versatility, porcelain veneers are designed to conceal a wide variety of problems, including:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Stains
  • Discoloration
  • Minor gaps between teeth
  • Minor misalignments
  • Misshapen or crooked teeth

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?

A woman talking with her dentist during a porcelain veneers consultation

This question is dependent on various factors, all of which your dentist will take into consideration when crafting a personalized treatment plan and estimate. No two patients are the same, so you can’t expect to pay the same amount as another client.

Some of the factors we consider are:

  • The number of veneers you will have placed on your teeth (some patients may only want to cover the visible portions of their smile)
  • Initial consultation
  • Anesthesia/sedation
  • Location of the dentist you are using

Since porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic service, it is unlikely your dental insurance will cover the cost of treatment; however, it is best to call and ask prior to moving forward.

Veneer FAQs

man smiling after getting veneers in Goodlettsville

If you have multiple dental imperfections, you may be thinking about improving your smile with veneers in Goodlettsville. Of course, it’s completely normal to have a few concerns about the treatment before committing to it. At Goodlettsville Smiles, we want to you feel confident with your decision to transform your pearly whites. That’s why we’ve decided to answer some frequently asked questions we receive from patients. If you don’t see your specific question below, feel free to give our office a call !

Are Veneers Permanent?

Since veneers will eventually have to be replaced, they’re not considered a permanent cosmetic solution. However, the process of getting them is irreversible. Dr. McClain will remove a thin layer of enamel from your teeth to ensure the veneers fit properly. Unlike hair and nails, the enamel will never grow back once it’s removed. That’s why the prepared teeth will always need to be covered with crowns or veneers moving forward.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

After your enamel is removed, you’ll receive temporary veneers to protect your teeth while your permanent restorations are made. During that time, you’ll need to avoid hard foods (i.e., raw fruits and veggies, ice, hard candy), sticky foods (i.e., caramel, gum, toffee), and dark-colored foods and drinks (i.e., soda, red wine, soy sauce). Even though you’ll be able to enjoy most foods once your permanent veneers are in place, you’ll still want to exercise caution to avoid damaging your restoration. Make sure you drink alcohol sparingly as it can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers in place.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

Most veneers are made of porcelain, which is a stain-resistant material. Because it’s nonporous, the particles in dark-colored foods and drinks have more difficulty penetrating beneath the surface. That means you don’t have to worry about staining your teeth while drinking coffee! Of course, veneers are not 100% stain-proof, meaning overconsumption of coffee could still discolor your smile.

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

When you first get your veneers, you may have trouble pronouncing certain words or making specific sounds. That happens because the tongue is not used to speaking with the restorations in your mouth. Even though veneers are thin, the slight difference in thickness is still enough to affect your speech. Luckily, any lisp you develop is temporary and should go away as soon as you get used to your new smile. You can speed up the adjustment process by reading aloud, having more conversations with loved ones, and repeating difficult-to-pronounce words. If necessary, you can also ask your dentist to reduce the thickness of veneers in a certain area.

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