How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?

porcelain veneersFor those who seek some noticeable improvements to their smile, having that “movie star” look is achievable…even if you are not an “A-lister.” With precision and perfection, porcelain veneers are the cosmetic “cure” for less-than-stellar smiles. Here at Goochland Dentistry, our devoted dental team is skilled in this cosmetic procedure, turning our patients’ smiles from “average” to works of art!

What Are Porcelain Veneers Useful For?

Perhaps your teeth are stained or discolored. Maybe you have gapping or spacing that is uneven or unsightly. Your teeth may be too small, uneven, misaligned, chipped, cracked, or broken. Or, it could be that you just want a makeover for your mouth. There are many reasons one may seek out a more beautiful smile, and porcelain veneers are a fantastic fix for many of them. 

A Long-Lasting Solution For Your Smile

Since veneers are made of durable and long-lasting porcelain, it means that your cosmetic procedure will be near-permanent. Expect your dental work to last 20+ years. It is a savvy investment you can feel good about, knowing that the decades-long look will suit your smile for quite a while. You may never need a touch-up or redo.

Not to mention, you needn’t worry about discoloration or breakage, as you might with bonding. While bonding is a great solution for certain dental improvements, it just can’t compare to the strength of porcelain. Bonding is done with resin, and while strong (and recommended for smaller areas, and smaller budgets), it is not as reliable as our porcelain veneers. That said, we can discuss options depending on your needs and goals, and we will be forthcoming about what would be the best choice for you. Every case is different, so we take an individualized approach every time.

What’s The Process?

The process for getting your porcelain veneers is relatively simple and straightforward. Of course, attention to detail on our end is never compromised, but for you, the beginning-to-end, “before” and “after” thrill will be a breeze. 

Depending upon how much you want to change your look, the duration of time it will take for us to complete the process will vary from person to person. We try to get things done as swiftly as possible, but when it comes to our outstanding delivery, we never rush, so we get things right. Plus, the creation of the veneers is customized, so we must allow time for them to be made outside of the office.

You will have to come into the office a few times for the stages of the application, from the digital impressions to collect information about the size and shape of your teeth to the final placement visit. In between, your custom-created veneers will be molded and shaped at the lab. The craftsmanship is unmatched and the final pieces are precious.

porcelain veneersWill This Procedure Be Painful?

The procedure won’t hurt, so no need to fear. We do need to etch your tooth a bit and perhaps “scruff” up the surface or shave it down so the veneers can be placed as securely and snugly as possible. We do this before we take the impressions, so we will provide you with temporary veneer-like pieces until the real ones come in from the lab. 

We affix them to each tooth with a grip that’s going nowhere. You will be impressed with the outstanding quality and realistic “tooth-like” look these veneers have. The color will match your surrounding teeth, and the look and feel is like that of natural teeth. They are truly remarkable, and you will be eager to show off your gorgeous new smile the instant you leave the office. Just like your favorite stars in showbiz, your smile will stop traffic!

Are You Ready For A Cosmetic Change?

Are you intrigued about porcelain veneers? Do you have any questions or concerns? That’s what we are here for. Give Goochland Dentistry a call at (804) 206-9455 or email us at Our friendly and knowledgeable team is always helpful with your concerns and we can set up a consultation. If you are already on board and want to schedule your appointment for your porcelain veneers, you can do so on our website. Fill out the form and we will get in touch ASAP.

If you have concerns about pricing or payment for your cosmetic procedure, our front desk staff is happy to discuss financing and insurance options. We will work with you to make it easier for you to afford this cosmetic procedure. You don’t want to go broke to look beautiful and we can aid you in making smart decisions in this area. 

We look forward to seeing you soon and giving you a smile that speaks volumes. You deserve to look your best so you can shine like the stars you admire!