Get a Dazzling Smile—Fast
Porcelain veneers from Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry are the best way to perfect your smile without undergoing a multitude of different dental treatments. Our porcelain veneers look natural and glamorous—they offer a Hollywood-ready smile in as little as two appointments without a lengthy recovery period or complicated aftercare.
With veneers, you can refine the shape of your teeth, whiten your smile, and even mask gaps and alignment problems. You can achieve the same results as Clear Braces, teeth whitening, and dental bonding with one simple procedure. Learn more about porcelain veneers available at our Birmingham dental practice.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also known as dental veneers, are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain. They’re permanently bonded to teeth, giving you the exact shape and color that you desire.
Patients typically choose porcelain veneers to:
- Reshape teeth to look longer or shorter
- Hide gummy smiles
- Mask crooked teeth and gaps
- Cover up damage like chips or cracks
- Conceal stains with a luminescent white smile
Alternatives to porcelain veneers, such as dental crowns and other cosmetic treatments, can be more expensive and require more time to complete. This includes the combination of orthodontics, whitening treatments, and dental bonding. Porcelain veneers are the ideal solution for patients who want an immediate difference in their smile that’ll last for years to come.
The Dental Veneer Procedure
If you’ve been considering porcelain veneers, visit Dr. Michael Maniscalco at Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry for a consultation. He’ll answer any questions you may have about the veneer process. If porcelain veneers are right for you, we’ll begin the process right away during your first visit.
Dr. Maniscalco will give you the smile of your dreams in just a few steps:
- He’ll first remove a bit of your enamel to make room for your veneers.
- An impression will be taken of your teeth and sent to a lab that will craft your veneers.
- At a second appointment, we’ll ensure the veneers are the perfect shape and color.
- Dr. Maniscalco will install your veneers with a special adhesive.
- Finally, he’ll check your bite and make any necessary adjustments.
Because the procedure is completed using a local anesthetic, you’ll experience no pain during treatment. If you suffer from any dental anxiety, let us know so that we can provide you with safe dental sedation options. You may find that your teeth feel somewhat sensitive for a while after having your veneers installed. This is easily treated with an over-the-counter toothpaste that is formulated especially for sensitive teeth.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Maniscalco will determine if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Your teeth will need to be in overall healthy condition and your gums must be free of gum disease. Once he gives you the green light, Dr. Maniscalco will discuss what you would like your ideal smile to look like. From there, he can plan out how many veneers you will need to achieve the results you want.
Caring for Your Veneers
Your porcelain veneers will look just like natural teeth, but they’ll never decay! However, this doesn’t mean you should neglect your dental health. If your gums become infected with gum disease or your natural teeth become damaged, your veneers can potentially fail. Make sure to care for your new smile by brushing and flossing like normal.
Veneers are expected to last for up to 10 years with proper care. You should also stop by our Birmingham office every six months for your regular checkup and cleaning. This will allow Dr. Maniscalco to ensure your veneers remain in good shape. After about 10 years or so, you’ll need to have your veneers replaced with another simple procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can porcelain veneers become stained?
Your porcelain veneers will not become stained, but your underlying teeth can still be affected by certain foods and beverages. If this happens, it can mean liquids or food are finding their way underneath the veneers. In most cases, this won’t occur until after about five years with the veneers.
Can porcelain veneers be whitened?
Veneers cannot be whitened once they are installed. Before you commit to porcelain veneers, you should consider a professional whitening treatment to make sure that your surrounding teeth are their ideal color. If your veneers are a different shade than your natural teeth, you can opt to whiten your natural teeth so that they match.
Does the porcelain veneers process hurt?
No! We’ll use a local anesthetic to make sure you won’t feel a thing during your porcelain veneer treatment. Your teeth may feel more sensitive following the procedure, but this is only temporary. Once the veneers are placed, your enamel will be covered and any sensitivity should go away within days.
If necessary, you can use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth to resolve any lasting sensitivity. If for any reason you experience significant pain after your procedure, please contact our Birmingham dentist practice so we can find out what’s wrong and provide relief.
Are porcelain veneers difficult to care for?
Veneers are simple to care for. You’ll need to continue to brush regularly, floss daily, and come in for checkups and cleanings. Your dental veneers will never decay, but you’ll still have to take care of your gums and the underlying teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Dental veneers can enhance the appearance of your smile with one simple procedure. Instead of opting for multiple expensive treatments, you can have a few veneers placed to achieve all your cosmetic dentistry goals. Porcelain veneers can give you a perfect white smile with teeth that are all the ideal shape and size. If you’re ready for a permanent cosmetic solution, consider porcelain veneers and quickly get the results you deserve!