10 Things to Know When Considering Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers from Drs. Mike and Jeremy Frith offer dramatic results for patients who are unhappy with their current smile. Before considering this cosmetic procedure, it’s important to understand all the facts about veneers. Below, discover 10 things every patient should know when considering porcelain veneers in St. Louis, MO.

If you desire a smile makeover in the Ellisville and greater St. Louis, MO area, schedule a cosmetic consultation with St. Louis’ first accredited cosmetic dentist! Dr. Mike Frith is proud to practice at the very highest standard of cosmetic dentistry, and enjoys not only improving patients’ smiles, but changing their lives. At Masterpiece Smiles, we can help you achieve the power of a confident smile; schedule your cosmetic consultation with our team today.

Porcelain veneers can cover a host of cosmetic issues in the smile.

Veneers conceal a host of cosmetic issues in otherwise healthy, functional teeth. Veneers may be a great option, if your teeth are:

  • Minimally chipped
  • Gapped or unevenly spaced
  • Discolored
  • Deeply stained from within the tooth (which cannot be treated by professional whitening)
  • Misshapen, or under-sized

Porcelain veneers are custom-created to fit your unique smile.

There is no one-size fits all approach with veneers. Using 3D images and impressions of your mouth, a dental laboratory creates porcelain veneers that enhance your teeth, while still fitting comfortably within your natural smile.


Betty’s smile, before veneers

A new smile through veneers can come together in just a couple appointments.

It normally takes just two appointments to obtain a totally new smile with veneers. The first appointment after your initial consultation will include taking impressions and images, to aid in the fabrication process of the veneers. The second appointment involves placing the finished veneers on the front teeth, and making any small adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.

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Betty’s smile, after veneers

Veneers last up to 10 to 15 years with proper care.

While veneers do not last forever, they do last longer than many other dental restorations or cosmetic treatments. Proper maintenance and care while chewing, combined with optimal oral hygiene, can extend the life of your veneers.

Porcelain mimics the look and feel of natural tooth enamel.

The medical-grade ceramic porcelain used for veneers will offer extremely natural-looking results. People will not be able to tell you have had veneers placed, as the thin coverings resemble glossy tooth enamel.

Veneers are a permanent cosmetic solution.

Before Drs. Mike or Jeremy Frith place veneers, they must remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of the teeth. The final result are teeth that are very strong; however, veneers must be maintained due to the amount of enamel removed during the placement process. Teeth are often too vulnerable after this treatment to remove veneers permanently.

The procedure is comfortable and non-invasive.

Most patients do not experience discomfort when receiving porcelain veneers. Drs. Mike or Jeremy Frith will use local anesthetic to numb the teeth before preparing them for veneer placement. While some sensitivity is normal after placement, it usually goes away within one to two weeks as your mouth adjusts.

Your smile will feel differently.

Your mouth is extremely sensitive to change; while the cosmetic impact of veneers is dramatic, the feeling of your new smile can also take some getting used to. The tongue will probably constantly run over the new veneers during the first few days after treatment. However, many patients find they become comfortable with the new smile within just one to two weeks following treatment.

Cosmetic procedures, such as veneers, are not typically covered by dental insurance.

With most dental insurance plans, cosmetic procedures do not qualify for coverage. While you may have to pay out-of-pocket for veneers, dental financing plans are available to provide assistance with affordable monthly payments and low (or zero) interest.

Veneers are more expensive than other dental cosmetic solutions.

The national average cost for porcelain veneers ranges anywhere from $900 to $2,000 per tooth. Though that may seem expensive, the cost reflects the custom treatment and dramatic aesthetic results: veneers can achieve the same final appearance as that of professional whitening, dental bonding, and orthodontics combined.

Looking for veneers in St. Louis, MO?

Now that you know some of the facts about porcelain veneers, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to learn if this treatment is right for you! We can answer any additional questions you may have, and help you take the first step towards a new, beautiful smile. Call us today at our St. Louis, MO practice at 636.394.5200.

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Mike Frith

Being St. Louis’s leader in accredited cosmetic dentistry gives patients confidence. Accreditation by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry sets the very highest standard in cosmetic dentistry. Patients feel comfortable knowing their dentist has achieved excellence in virtually every type of cosmetic case. Less than 1% of dentist nationwide can offer that. St. Louis’ first Diplomate in craniofacial pain and Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine gives patients solutions for a new beginning. With proper evaluation and diagnosis, the conditions of Craniofacial pain, sleep apnea and snoring can be successfully treated with non-surgical therapies. It’s my goal to return patients back to where they can breathe, sleep, heal and live again.