Porcelain Veneers

The premiere esthetic solution for correcting chips, small gaps, or discolored teeth to achieve that Hollywood smile is available here in Maryland. Both Dr. Steven Markow and Dr. David A. Daniel have taken specialized training to provide dazzling smiles for our patients.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic porcelain that are bonded to the outer surface of your teeth. They are the most natural-looking and feeling option for a long lasting. They are considered an ideal choice for improving your smile due to their simplicity and versatility. Veneers combine a combination of durability and beauty due to the characterization that we can do in the lab and also chairside. Since each person’s mouth is different, each veneer is custom fitted and designed for your smile.

Because of the nature of the materials used, they are extremely resistant to staining and therefore offer unsurpassed esthetic results for our patients. With proper care, veneers should last 10 to 20 years. A number of factors can affect the longevity including diet, medications, and home care. If you avoid chewing hard items that might fracture a normal tooth, you should be able to maintain a long life with veneers.

How much do veneers cost?

Porcelain veneers are typically about the same price as a crown. The procedures are similar, it’s just a little more conservative procedure and requires a little more skill in placement. If you are considering having veneers done, you will want to have someone with years of experience that you can trust to do an excellent job.

What is the procedure for porcelain veneers?

First, we do a detailed evaluation of your smile, your lip support, your bite and the health of your individual teeth. Using a combination of digital photographs and study models combined with your digital x-rays, our doctors will sit down with you to determine the ideal treatment to give you an amazing smile. Frequently, we can have our lab technician do a “mock-up” in wax so you can “see” what the final result will look like and give feedback before we even do the veneers!

In some cases, we can even do minimal, or even “no prep” veneers. This is a very conservative option that allows you do have veneers with minimal, or in some cases, no drilling. This preserves your natural tooth structure and is the least invasive option.

Once the teeth are prepped for the veneers, we take an impression and will give you some temporary veneers so you can “try them out” and give us feedback on how they feel and make sure they don’t affect your eating or speech. In about two weeks. The lab will send us back some beautiful thin porcelain shells that are then etched and bonded directly to the outer surface of your teeth.

What are the alternatives to porcelain veneers?

First, since this procedure is primarily done for cosmetic reasons, or for self-esteem, you could do orthodontics if your teeth are crooked, or you could do teeth whitening if they are discolored. Another conservative option is to do composite tooth bonding. This is a one-visit procedure where a composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is bonded directly to your tooth. This has the advantage of being even more conservative and less expensive. The disadvantage is that composites are not as chip resistant or stain resistant as porcelain. This may be a good option for a quick-fix where there is a small chip or gap between teeth and you desire a more conservative option. Finally, a full-coverage crown is an option, particularly if the tooth is badly broken down or severely rotated such that in the process of prepping the tooth, there wouldn’t be enough tooth structure left to secure a facing only onto the tooth.

At our general dental office in Randallstown, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services so you can have the best option for your individual mouth. Give us a call today for a complimentary consultation to see if veneers are right for you!