A beautifully perfected smile can inspire self-confidence and make a lasting positive impression. For many individuals, correcting bothersome dental flaws or recapturing a more youthful smile can be a life changing experience. To accomplish smile makeovers like these, cosmetic dentist Michael Kosdon, DDS offers high-quality porcelain veneers that can create amazing results.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are a popular, virtually painless cosmetic dentistry procedure that can address a wide variety of common dental concerns. Constructed from a very thin, yet durable, ceramic material, veneers are bonded to the front of each tooth to form a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?
Nearly anyone with good dental health and sufficient tooth enamel can be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. The versatility and conservative nature of the procedure make it ideal for accomplishing cosmetic enhancements which used to require extensive dental treatment. If you are wondering about whether porcelain veneers are the right option for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kosdon.
Dr. Kosdon’s Ceramist
In order to consistently achieve beautiful, natural-looking results for his porcelain veneers patients, Dr. Kosdon works closely with his own personal ceramist. All veneers and restorations are custom crafted according to their meticulous plans specifications, using only the most innovative and reliable techniques. Utilizing quality materials and trusting the skill of highly-experienced ceramist are both integral components of Dr. Kosdon’s process. He believes the contributions of an expert ceramist can not be underestimated, as they significantly impact the final outcome of any porcelain veneers procedure.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Whether Dr. Kosdon recommends porcelain veneers to cover a single tooth or a set of veneers to rejuvenate the appearance of your whole smile, this versatile procedure can deliver significant cosmetic improvements. Porcelain veneers can correct several types of tooth imperfections, including:
- Gaps between teeth
- Deep stains and discoloration
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Short or worn teeth
In some cases, porcelain veneers can even be used to improve the appearance of mildly crooked teeth in place of orthodontics. During the consultation process, Dr. Kosdon carefully examines all areas of concern and evaluates whether porcelain veneers are the best option for achieving the improvements you desire.
What Can I Expect During the Porcelain Veneers Process?
Typically, the process of improving your smile with porcelain veneers can be accomplished within the span of three visits with Dr. Kosdon. The first step is the consultation, followed by an appointment to prepare the teeth and create a temporary “trial smile”, and finally the fitting and placement of your custom veneers.
Who Is a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Most people who want to improve their smiles can be suitable candidates for porcelain veneers. Healthy teeth and good enamel are typically all that’s required to properly support veneers. If you have any of the following issues, veneers may be a good option for enhancing your smile:
Discolored or yellowed teeth—especially stained teeth that have not responded well to teeth whitening treatments. It’s possible to be born with dark enamel due to genetics, or you may have developed deep staining from tetracycline. Veneers can instantly conceal stained or discolored teeth.
Short teeth and a gummy smile. Veneers combined with a gum lift can help patients with small teeth who reveal a disproportionate amount of gum tissue when smiling. These treatments can lengthen the appearance of teeth and reshape the gumline to achieve balanced smile proportions.
Chipped, damaged, or otherwise misshapen teeth. Veneers can beautifully repair the appearance of mildly to moderately damaged teeth. If you have had bonding done in the past to achieve cosmetic improvement, upgrading to porcelain veneers can provide long-lasting, more aesthetically pleasing results.
Misaligned teeth. Veneers can quickly realign the appearance of crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth. Porcelain veneers are the simplest way to correct certain alignment issues without spending months or years in orthodontic treatment. Veneers are often an exceptionally appealing option for patients whose teeth have shifted following earlier orthodontic treatment.
Amazing! seriously- not that anyone ENJOYS going to the dentist, but these folks are as good as they get. very informative, super nice, and overly accommodating. love love love!
Dr. Kosdon believes that an in-depth consultation is a vital step toward achieving an ideal outcome with porcelain veneers. During the consultation, he takes the time to understand the unique personality of each patient, in addition to learning all about their particular goals and concerns. By using the information he gathers, performing a comprehensive smile analysis, and taking diagnostic impressions of the teeth, Dr. Kosdon is able to determine the most appropriate strategy for smile enhancement.
Teeth Preparation and Trial Smile
Once Dr. Kosdon has fully developed your porcelain veneers treatment plan, the next step is to prepare the teeth, take impressions, and create your temporary veneers or “trial smile”. To prepare for veneers, a minimal amount of enamel must be removed from the front side of each tooth. Impressions are then made of the prepared teeth. These impressions enable Dr. Kosdon and his ceramist to collaborate and create custom-made veneers with a precise, accurate fit. At the end of this appointment, Dr. Kosdon will create temporary veneers to protect your prepared teeth and provide a preview of your new smile while your permanent veneers are being fabricated by his ceramist.
Bonding and Cementation of Veneers
When your custom veneers are ready, Dr. Kosdon will check the fit, shape, and color to ensure proper results, and then firmly bond your veneers in place. Once cementation is complete, he will make any necessary adjustments to perfect the appearance and provide maximum comfort.
What Is the Smile Transformation Process?
Dr. Kosdon’s process for transforming smiles with porcelain veneers enables him to create beautifully customized smiles that patients love!
Consultation, Exam, & Smile Analysis
Dr. Kosdon evaluates every aspect of your smile and works with you to develop a personalized plan to achieve your smile goals.
Smile Design, Temporary Veneers, & Veneer Refinement
Using your custom smile design, temporary veneers are crafted and placed to let you “test drive” your new smile. Any changes you desire are reflected in the refined design of your final veneers.
Your final veneers are placed, any finishing touches are made, and your smile is complete! A routine followup appointment is scheduled for a month after placement to ensure optimal results. You can enjoy your transformed smile for decades to come with proper care and regular checkups.
What Can I Expect after My Veneers have been Placed?
Immediately following the procedure, some patients can experience mild tooth sensitivity which dissipates quickly and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. Once you have adjusted, your teeth should feel natural, function normally, and look beautiful. If you are considering a smile makeover with veneers, we encourage you to review our photo gallery of results for visual reference. Many of our patients have transformed their teeth with veneers and are amazed by the positive impact of their new smile.
Dr.Kosdon Is amazing!!! I came in for a consultation and he told me everything I needed and his most honest opinion. I am very happy with my results, I had very small ant teeth and now I have a perfect smile. I can smile now and don’t have to hide my teeth anymore. His assistant Maria was also great and helpful. She’s the best!!
February 21, 2020
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Due to their strength, durability, and virtually impermeable aesthetics, high-quality porcelain veneers placed by an experienced dentist can potentially last for decades or a lifetime. Veneer longevity, of course, is also dependent upon how well the patient cares for their oral health and the regularity of their professional cleanings and dental exams.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The approximate pricing for porcelain veneers placed by Dr. Kosdon are as follows:
- Pressed Ceramics – e.max®: $2000 – $3500
- Feldspathic Contact Lens – No/Minimal Prep: $2500 – $4000
Dr. Kosdon uses only the highest-quality materials to craft his custom veneers. Be aware that your price per veneer can fluctuate based on the number of veneers that are included in your treatment plan (the more you purchase, the lower the cost per veneer will likely be). The type of veneer that is best for you needs will depend on your goals, the condition of your teeth, and your budget. At the end of your consultation, you will be provided with an accurate price quote for your treatment, as well as an explanation of the payment methods we accept and third-party financing options that may be available to you upon qualification.
What Is the Best Way to Care for My New Porcelain Veneers?
The high-quality veneers that Dr. Kosdon uses are made from extremely durable ceramic materials that withstand normal wear and resist staining; however, it is still important to maintain good hygiene habits and regular dental visits. If you are prone to clenching and grinding, wearing a nightguard is also recommended to protect your veneers. When properly cared for and maintained, it is possible for high-quality porcelain veneers to remain strong and beautiful for decades.
Why Choose Dr. Kosdon for Porcelain Veneers?
Dr. Kosdon is fully invested in the success of your smile makeover with porcelain veneers! As a top cosmetic dentist and a recipient of porcelain veneers himself, Dr. Kosdon understands better than anyone the positive impact a new smile can have on one’s self-confidence and life. There was a period of Dr. Kosdon’s life where he was embarrassed to laugh and smile due to short, gapped teeth and noticeable discoloration. With the help of porcelain veneers he was able to achieve the beautiful smile he always wanted and he has not stopped smiling since! His own personal smile transformation is the source of his career inspiration and he strives to deliver superior porcelain veneers results through the use of high-quality ceramic materials and his unique smile design process. When you choose Dr. Kosdon, you can trust that you have selected a cosmetic dentist who excels in his craft, loves his profession, and is deeply committed to the transformative work he is able to do for his patients each day.
If you are interested in finding out if porcelain veneers are right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kosdon.