Annapolis cosmetic dentist, John Cutting, DMD offers both porcelain veneers and resin-based composite veneers in his Edgewater dental office. Dr. Cutting is one of the most trusted cosmetic dentists in the Annapolis area and has been named a Top Dentist in What’s Up Magazine, Chesapeake Family and The Bay Weekly.
About Dental Veneers
Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible parts of the tooth. There are two types of veneers: ceramic veneers that are produced by a dental laboratory and resin-based composite veneers. With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.
Veneers are prescribed for damaged, discolored, or broken teeth, and sometimes to improve the appearance of teeth.
The tooth is prepared by eliminating surface structure.
After fabrication the veneer is cemented to the prepared tooth.
Veneers restore natural beauty and health of teeth.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Resin Veneers
Dr. Cutting will help you select which type of dental veneer is right for you. While the two procedures have similar outcomes interms of the appearance, they have a very different process.
Composite Resin Veneers
Composite resin veneers are best suited for patients with minor cosmetic issues. In most cases, Dr. Cutting will complete a restoration using resin veneers in a single visit. One of the benefits of resin veneers is that little or no tooth structure is removed to prepare the teeth for treatment.
Another benefit of resin veneers is the cost. Compared to porcelain veneers, resin dental veneers are usually less expensive, however, they are not expected to be as long lasting.
Though they have a very delicate appearance, porcelain veneers are extremely durable and long lasting. Dr. Cutting will prepare the teeth for veneers by removing a small amount of tooth structure. This step is necessary to ensure a comfortable fit and natural appearance.
Porcelain veneers will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. Dr. Cutting will place temporary veneers on the teeth while they are being made. In about 2 – 3 weeks, you will return to our Edgewater dental office for the final delivery. Dr. Cutting will carefully bond the veneers to the teeth for a virtually invisible restoration.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Patients often ask about the cost of veneers or how much a single tooth veneer costs. There are several factors that go into the price of veneers, the first of which is materials. Dr. Cutting offers resin veneers as well as porcelain veneers and can help you choose which is best for your needs and budget.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Our goal is that your porcelain veneers will last a lifetime. It is not uncommon for veneers to last 10 or more years. Some patients who have had veneers for many years may need maintenance or repairs. You can ensure long lasting porcelain veneers by maintaining a healthy diet, brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning and examination.
What are the pros and cons of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant, durable, long lasting and very natural-looking. Some may consider the fact that it is an irreversible procedure to be draw back. An alternative to porcelain veneers could be tooth bonding which does not often require the removal of tooth enamel.