Get A Smile Makeover With Dr. David Painter
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular and effective cosmetic dentistry treatments for improving the appearance of your smile. They can dramatically improve the color, shape, and overall look of your teeth.
Dr. David Painter at Union Chapel Dentistry in Fort Wayne, IN, has years of experience providing porcelain veneers to patients wanting to transform their smiles. He takes great pride in listening to patient goals and developing customized treatment plans to create stunning, natural-looking veneer smiles.
Call (260) 232-0280 to schedule your veneer consultation at Union Chapel Dentistry today!
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are customized dental restorations bonded to the front surface of teeth. They’re made of durable, chip-resistant porcelain that mimics the look of natural tooth enamel.
Veneers are an excellent option for improving the appearance of front teeth that are misshapen, chipped, worn, discolored, or have gaps between them. The thin veneer covers the underlying tooth structure to provide a beautiful smile makeover.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
There are many reasons patients choose porcelain veneers:
- Improving the appearance of stained, chipped, or worn teeth
- Closing small gaps between teeth
- Correcting slightly crooked or misshapen teeth without orthodontics
- Restoring strength and structure to worn or broken teeth
- Dramatically whitening stained or discolored teeth
- Balancing asymmetric teeth for a harmonious smile
- Providing a holistic smile makeover with just one treatment
Am I A Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Dr. Painter evaluates each patient’s oral health and goals during a consultation. Ideal candidates for porcelain veneers have the following characteristics:
- Teeth that are generally healthy but have flaws like stains, chips, gaps, or sizing issues
- Sufficient enamel on the front teeth to bond the veneer shells
- Tooth discoloration or stains that don’t respond to professional whitening
- Gapped, worn down, fractured, or misaligned front teeth
- A desire to improve the color, shape, size, or symmetry of front teeth
During the consultation, Dr. Painter conducts dental exams and takes X-rays to ensure the teeth and gums are healthy enough for veneer treatment. He also discusses your expectations and desired results to determine if veneers are the best option for you.
The Veneer Procedure at Union Chapel Dentistry
Getting porcelain veneers with Dr. Painter is a multi-step process performed over two to three visits to our Fort Wayne dental office:
The first visit is a consultation to discuss your goals, examine your teeth, take diagnostic photos and X-rays, and provide a customized treatment plan. Dr. Painter makes sure veneers are the right treatment option before moving forward.
At the second visit, Dr. Painter prepares the teeth for bonding the veneers. He will remove 0.3 to 0.5 mm of enamel from the front of the teeth to allow space for the veneer shells. Local anesthetics will numb the area for comfort.
After shaping the teeth, Dr. Painter will take impressions of your teeth. Custom-designed veneers will be fabricated in the dental lab based on the impressions, photos, and shade selection. This process can take a few weeks.
During the final visit, we’ll fit your veneers to ensure proper fit and color match. Dr. Painter then bonds them precisely onto the prepared teeth with a strong dental adhesive. Precision is key for a seamless veneer-to-tooth transition.
Once bonded, he ensures the occlusion (bite) is accurate. Any adjustments are made at this time. A special dental light hardens and bonds the resin cement for a secure hold.
Follow-up appointments can help our team monitor the veneers and your oral health. Dr. Painter and his team will provide instructions on caring for your new smile.
Porcelain Veneer Aftercare
Dr. Painter recommends taking the following steps to ensure your veneers stay healthy for years to come:
- Brush twice daily and floss daily
- Use non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste
- Avoid biting nails or other hard objects
- Protect teeth from trauma during contact sports by wearing a mouthguard
- Come in for regular dental exams and professional cleanings
With proper oral hygiene, porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years or even decades in some cases. Avoiding tooth grinding and nighttime clenching also reduces stress on the veneers. Let Dr. Painter know if you experience chipping, damage, or bonding issues.
Porcelain Veneer Costs
The cost of porcelain veneers depends on the number of restorations needed and treatment complexity. Dr. Painter provides an exact quote after the consultation when he can assess your case.
We offer transparent, all-inclusive pricing with no hidden costs. Our Fort Wayne dental office also works with most dental insurance plans and financing options like LendingClub and CareCredit to provide affordable payment plans.
Frequently Asked Questions
With proper care, veneers generally last 10-15 years and often much longer. Avoid grinding, clenching, and nail-biting, which can damage the veneers.
Veneers are a conservative treatment that removes a minimal amount of tooth structure. Your dentist only alters the front surface of teeth when preparing for veneers. Dental professionals focus on preserving as much natural tooth as possible.
Well-designed veneers enhance your natural facial aesthetics. A smile makeover allows your dentist to improve the shape, color, and position of teeth to complement your facial features.
Having veneers placed is usually comfortable for patients. The tooth preparation and bonding appointment involves a local anesthetic. Some sensitivity afterward is normal and resolves quickly.
Schedule an Appointment for Porcelain Veneers in Fort Wayne
Dr. David Painter provides personalized porcelain veneers that quickly and effectively transform smiles. If you’re considering veneers, contact Union Chapel Dentistry at (260) 232-0280 to schedule a consultation.
Dr. Painter looks forward to helping patients from the Fort Wayne area, including Allen, Huntertown, and New Haven, IN, achieve the smile of their dreams!