Porcelain Veneers Procedure

Porcelain veneers attach directly to the front of your teeth, and they can dramatically transform your smile. Dr. Stephen K. Malone and Dr. Michael J. Costa, Jr. will work carefully to make sure that your veneers look virtually identical to your natural dental enamel. Veneers can cover up several types of cosmetic flaws. In some cases, they can even reshape your teeth. The application process is virtually pain-free and usually takes place in just two office visits.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are made to match the shape and shade of your natural teeth. You could receive a single veneer on one tooth, or you could enhance your full smile. If you choose porcelain veneers, your dentist will first trim or buff away a very small amount of dental enamel. Thanks to recent technology and innovations, we have adopted a very conservative approach. Your dentist will always preserve as much of your tooth structure as possible.

After reshaping your teeth, Dr. Malone or Dr. Costa will take impressions. Ceramists at our onsite dental lab will use these impressions to create incredibly thin veneers that will blend beautifully with your smile. When your veneers are finished, you will come in for your second appointment. At this time, Dr. Malone or Dr. Costa will make sure the veneers fit correctly and look natural. Then he will use dental cement to fix the porcelain to your teeth.

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers

If you struggle with any of the following aesthetic concerns, you may be a good candidate for veneers:

  • Severe discoloration that is immune to traditional whitening
  • Teeth with worn or eroded edges
  • Small cracks or chips in your teeth
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Proportionately small or irregularly shaped teeth

As stated above, Dr. Malone or Dr. Costa will need to remove some dental enamel before placing veneers. Therefore, if you have suffered dental erosion, you may not qualify for this treatment. The dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your aesthetic goals. In this way, he can determine your candidacy for veneers.

The Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Although Dr. Malone and Dr. Costa offer numerous cosmetic dental treatments, there are a number of reasons to consider porcelain veneers. First, and perhaps most significantly, they are beautiful and lifelike. Veneers can thoroughly enhance your smile, correcting various concerns with one easy treatment. With your beautiful smile, you may find that your self-confidence increases, as well. Additionally, veneer application is safe and involves minimal discomfort. Your teeth will be numb during the preparatory process. Therefore, you will typically feel little more than a mild sense of pressure. Finally, to maintain your veneers, you will simply need to brush, floss, and make regular dental visits. With proper care, your veneers could last a decade or longer.

Schedule a Porcelain Veneers Consultation

Find out if veneers are the optimal way to transform your smile. Schedule a porcelain veneers appointment today. We proudly provide outstanding cosmetic dentistry to patients from Powell, Karns, Farragut, Seymour, Maryville, Oak Ridge, and the surrounding communities.

Veneers - Dr. Michael Costa

Veneers Can Improve Your Smile
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Veneers are thin handcrafted porcelain shields worn on the front of the tooth which improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, stained or worn. Veneers are thin as contact lenses, and are an aesthetically pleasing option of closing gaps, lengthening teeth, and providing symmetry to make your smile more natural. Veneers are intended to last for many years without changing color. They are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry. Ask your dentist if veneers may be right for you.

Dr. Micheal Costa

Dr. Costa

Dr. Stephen Malone

Dr. Malone

Knoxville Smiles at Malone & Costa Dentistry offers a unique dental care experience to our patients in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas. The crew is committed to protecting and increasing the natural beauty of your smile by employing conservative, cutting-edge techniques that result in attractive, long-lasting smiles!

Our dedicated and experienced team of doctors includes Dr. Stephen Malone, D.M.D., University of Louisville, and Dr. Michael Costa, D.D.S., UNC School of Dentistry, M.H.A., UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. They are firm believers in continuing education to provide their patients with the finest possible care.

Drs. Costa and Malone see their patients as real partners in their service. Our team is committed to making your dental care journey as pleasant as possible.

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