Porcelain Veneers – Your New Smile

Porcelain veneers, or dental veneers, are thin shells bonded to the surface of teeth to improve the cosmetic appearance of broken, chipped, cracked or otherwise misshapen or discolored front teeth. They can also close spaces and lengthen teeth, and are highly resistant to permanent staining.

Though wafer-thin, porcelain veneers form a very strong bond to the tooth and can last many years.

Recognized as one of the best cosmetic dentists in the Northwest, Dr. Chris Pickel can design and apply porcelain veneers that can significantly improve the look of your teeth and smile. Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions

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What kinds of defects do porcelain veneers fix?
AVeneers can help with a whole range of issues, including color, shape, size, alignment, and spacing.  Veneers are useful for many cosmetic applications. Specifically: stained or yellowed teeth can be made a brilliant white; worn, chipped teeth can be restored to a natural shape; short, worn down teeth can be extended; and gaps between teeth can be removed or reduced.
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What can I expect with the procedure?
AIt’s a two step process. On the initial visit, the teeth are prepped by shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer.  An impression of the teeth is taken and a color is then  chosen by you and Dr. Pickel. We then send the mold to a dental lab where they create customized dental veneers for the teeth. Your new veneers are ready in about 2-3 weeks. On your second visit, Dr. Pickel applies the veneer to the tooth using a bonding material.
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Is it painful?
AMost of the time the veneers procedures are painless. It is similar to getting a crown. If you think you might experience pain or anxiety about the procedure, we offer conscious sedation options to help make your visit more comfortable.
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Do veneers break?
AOnce placed, porcelain veneers are quite strong and can withstand great force when a patient bites down, but they may fracture or break when put under high stress (just like with all teeth).
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How long will porcelain veneers last?
AA typical lifespan for veneers is seven to 20 years, with the limitations mostly due to changes in the surrounding tooth and gum structures. If a veneer comes off it can generally be rebonded.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will extend the life of your veneers.