Dr. Reza Khazaie, DDS, Prosthodontist
The Complete Guide to Porcelain Veneers
We hope you find this guide informative and helpful. You will not find this content anywhere else on the internet. It is the content and experiences of Dr. Reza Khazaie, DDS, Prosthodontist and founder of Willow Pass Dental Care, a leader in cosmetic dentistry and world-renowned Prosthodontist in Concord, CA.
Dr. Reza Khazaie is highly regarded amongst his patients and peers as the smile expert.
Dr. Khazaie is an expert in the specialized treatment of dental and facial problems involving restoring missing teeth and jaw structures. He is a highly trained specialist in dental cosmetics, dental implants such as the All On 4 dental implants, bridges, dentures, digital dentures, implant supported dentures, dental crowns, dental veneers, TMJ/TMD, and many more dental procedures.
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Am I A Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Most people who are looking at getting veneers are wanting to correct a dental issue.
For example, some don’t like the color of their teeth or want to get rid of crooked teeth without getting braces. Others have front teeth that are chipped, and some patients have veneers that want a more natural finish than what they currently have.
You would be a good candidate for any of those reasons mentioned above as long as you have healthy gums and good oral hygiene.
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Our goal is to help you find the information you need to make an informed decision about veneers and other tooth replacement or tooth restoration options. I hope you will find what you are looking for in our Comprehensive Guide to Porcelain Veneers.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by sending Dr. Reza an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and my team or I will get back to you. Make sure to put in the subject line: Dentures.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are precisely cut, thin slices of porcelain that are permanently and seamlessly bonded to the surfaces of your teeth to improve their appearance. In doing so, veneers are one of the most efficient ways for a smile makeover.
Modern-day porcelain is inherently strong, durable, and nonporous material, often stronger than the natural enamel of your permanent teeth. As a result, porcelain veneers enhance the aesthetics of your smile and have a long life expectancy.
They are known to resist common staining agents such as coffee and cigarettes (although smoking is still not recommended) and repel odor-producing bacteria. They are also biocompatible, esthetic, insoluble, and quite hard.
How strong and durable is porcelain?
On the Mohs Scale of Hardness, dental porcelain rates at a 7, which is on par with quartz. Generally speaking, dental porcelain is the industry standard for life-like, durable, and aesthetically pleasing dental work materials.
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How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers last, on average, about 10 to 15 years. They can last 20+ years and still look great with the right maintenance.
The longevity of porcelain veneers usually comes down to proper care and good oral hygiene. Just like your natural teeth, which are prone to decay with a lack of oral hygiene, dental veneers can become stained when exposed to beverages and food without proper oral hygiene.
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Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Dental veneers are permanent, but they are not forever.
Let me explain; bonding cement is a substance that microscopically creates bridges from your real tooth to the porcelain so that it adheres to your tooth and becomes one. Think of it as the glue for a press-on nail—only you can’t get this one off once it’s on.
After the bonding, cement is in place, and the dental veneer is on your tooth.
The bonding cement is then cured with a tiny handheld UV light to secure everything in place.
“Porcelain veneers are permanent, but they are not forever.”
What is the process for getting porcelain veneers?
Typically the whole veneers process will require just three appointments.
The first is merely to identify which treatment or procedure is best suited for your needs and budget. Then, once it has been determined and decided that porcelain veneers are the way to go, a second appointment will be necessary to prepare the teeth.
During this second preparatory visit, the dentist will lightly buff your teeth to remove a small portion of the enamel to accommodate the proposed veneers.
On the same visit, digital scans of your mouth and teeth will be taken and sent to the dental lab to fabricate the porcelain veneers.
Finally, on the final visit, the dentist or prosthodontist will bond your custom dental veneers to your teeth utilizing a powerful, specialized bonding agent.
Once this process is complete, you are done!
Your dental veneers are now an extension of your natural teeth.
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How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Porcelain veneers generally are more expensive than composite resin alternatives.
Traditional porcelain veneers generally cost between $900 and $2,700 per tooth and have a lifespan of 10 to 20 years, depending on your personal hygiene habits and care.
Composite veneers cost approximately $400 to $1,500 per tooth but will often only last 5 to 10 years.
The cost of porcelain veneers depends on several factors, which we’ll review in the next section.
Factors that influence cost of porcelain veneers
Several factors can determine the cost of dental veneers. The following are some of the most common influences on porcelain veneer costs:
At Willow Pass Dental Care, we provide affordable dental veneers.
How to take care of porcelain veneers
1. Practice proper hygiene.
Though porcelain veneers do not decay, portions of the teeth can be exposed and at risk of decay.
Therefore, I recommend you brush twice a day.
I also highly recommend an electronic toothbrush to reach areas a traditional toothbrush often cannot reach because of the veneers.
I also recommend you floss at least once a day.
2. Avoid foods and drinks that stain your teeth.
Today’s porcelain veneers are mostly stain-resistant. The problem is the adhesive used to keep your dental veneers attached is not stain resistant.
Avoid drinks such as wine, coffee, and sodas.
I recommend using a straw when drinking beverages that are prone to stain.
3. Use a quality toothbrush and toothpaste.
5. Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth.
If this is a habit, you have to be sure to mention it to your prosthodontist for a solution.
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Porcelain veneers before and after photos
Choosing The Right Doctor
Why Quality Matters
“My final upper All-On-4 arch (even after the surgeon gave me an All-On-6) is awful! Definitely not worth the $30,500 in cash I paid up front. I have 12 ‘teeth’ which takes up only the front half of my mouth. I don’t have any molars, just an inch of pink gum material in the back. My bite is off and chewing food is awful! They’ve changed the shape of my jaw and now my mouth looks sunken because of the lack of molars which I had at my first visit.”
– Source: pissedconsumer.com
“I also had a single implant on my bottom jaw that I never received a temporary for. I expected the look and function of actual teeth. Dr.”
“Kim told me the final would look like my real teeth with veneers. OMG so far from the truth!”
Not All Cosmetic Dentistry Specialists Are Created Equal
Unfortunately, this is not a rare circumstance.
We see patients on a consistent basis at Willow Pass Dental Care who have had less than spectacular results, many coming from well-known dental chains or “professionals.”
When it comes to your mouth and your health, you should not take chances. The following are steps to ensure you are dealing with a professional who has the experience and knows what he or she is doing.
Following are 9 steps I recommend for choosing the right cosmetic dentistry specialist:
1. Does the Prosthodontist have the knowledge, skills and experience with cosmetic dentistry?
One of the easiest ways to determine if a prosthodontist is right for you is to do a simple check of their professional credentials.
Do the prosthodontists have the proper credentials, designations, certifications, awards, accreditations, and up-to-date training to show that they are the best at giving you the care you deserve?
2. Does the Prosthodontist and office have a good reputation?
Sure, you can always find a critical or bad review from time to time. It’s when you find a lot of them that you need to take notice.
3. Meet the prosthodontist and team of specialists.
It is hard to fathom but some patients never meet the team. I recommend you take the time to meet the team prior to committing to a dental office or prosthodontist. Make sure you are comfortable and that you’ve done your research about the office as well as the doctor.
4. Discuss with the prosthodontist specific case studies or success stories you read or viewed online.
Ask which case study best resembles your situation and what are the challenges he or she expects. If there are challenges that are expected have the prosthodontist explain the treatment strategy and what the risks are.
5. Ask for a tour of the office.
Know where the fitting will take place and what it looks like.
Observe the equipment in the room. Is it clean and comfortable?
Are the facilities updated or outdated?
Ask if the equipment used is the latest dental in dental technology. If so, they should have equipment such as a 3D scanner and at least one CAD/CAM machine and milling unit for designing your veneers.
This is important to know and can save you money and lots of time.
6. Cosmetic dentistry pricing should be transparent
You should not have to experience any hard sell. The pricing for dental veneers should be easy to compute based on these factors.
If you find it hard to determine what quality you are paying for and what your price includes, you should leave.
7. Local vs. Dental Chains
I believe being locally owned and operated like Willow Pass Dental Care brings us much closer to our patients. We are involved and part of the community.
This also results in a higher retention of patients versus dental chains who tend to focus on volume rather than providing ongoing dental care. Many dental chains offering cosmetic dentistry are less skilled and experienced and assemble a dental team based on the cheapest price rather than providing the best in talent, experience, and skill.
When it comes to your smile, including your mouth and teeth, it is best to invest in a doctor with the experience, knowledge, and skills to produce truly successful results.
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