Porcelain Veneers - Rochester, MN

A Complete Smile Makeover
in Two Appointments

Woman with gorgeous smile after cosmetic dentistry

If a picture paints a thousand words, then your smile is a priceless work of art. With just a smile you can tell someone, “Hello,” “thank you,” and of course, “I love you.” The truth is a beautiful smile is the great communicator. For this reason and many more, Dr. Brong and his staff at Zumbro Family Dental understand the importance of having an attractive smile. However, if your teeth are detracting from your smile, then consider porcelain veneers from our Rochester, MN cosmetic dentist. These micro-thin coverings bond to your teeth in order to create a smile that communicates beauty and confidence.

Why Choose Zumbro Family Dental for Porcelain Veneers?

  • Lifelike, Long-Lasting Restorations
  • State of the Art Dental Technology
  • Friendly, Nonjudgmental Dentist

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers prior to placement

Porcelain veneers are custom crafted to enhance the appearance of your smile. Dr. Zumbro designs each veneer to correct or improve the size, shape, and color of each tooth in your smile zone. Together these natural looking cosmetic treatments create a new smile that reflects light similarly to your own teeth; you’ll never have to worry that your teeth look dull or flat. Made of high-quality dental porcelain or composite resin material, veneers create the radiant smile you deserve.

How Do Dental Veneers Work?

Animated smile during porcelain veneer placement

Your new smile begins with a consultation and evaluation by Dr. Brong. He will assess the flaws in your smile—chipped, cracked, and broken teeth; teeth that are crooked and misaligned; and teeth with gaps between them may all be concealed behind porcelain veneers. Of course, he will want to hear what you have to say about your smile, too. Many patients find it helpful to bring photos of family, friends or celebrities who have smiles they like.

Dr. Brong will design your veneers based on measurements of your mouth, as well as x-rays, impressions, and photographs of your teeth. These allow him to create veneers that complement your features and do not look out of place in your mouth.

Placing veneers does require slightly altering the structure of your teeth. Dr. Brong will remove a small amount of tooth enamel. Called etching, this procedure ensures a more secure bond between the veneers and your teeth, and also helps them fit naturally in your mouth. With your teeth etched, you’ll need to wear a set of temporary veneers. During the two weeks that our dental lab spends creating your new smile, this temporary set will protect your teeth and give you some time to adjust to the feeling of veneers. When your customized set is ready, Dr. Brong will remove the temporaries and cement your permanent veneers into place. With daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups, your veneers will give your years of smiles!

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

Female patient holding up mirror to check smile

When trying to figure out whether dentures are right for you, one of the biggest factors you will need to consider is the cost of your procedure. Exactly how much can you expect to pay to enhance your smile? And how can you make sure that the treatment won’t break your budget? Our team can work with you to find the answers to these all-important financial questions. Before you schedule a consultation at our office, read below to learn a bit more about the cost of veneers.

Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What's Right for Me?

Illustration of two veneers in Rochester, MN

Sometimes there is more than one way to create the smile you have always wanted. So which cosmetic treatment is truly right for you and your budget? Veneers could be the answer in many situations, but it’s worth taking the time to learn as much as you can about the various cosmetic options available and the costs connected to them. Here is a brief look at some of the cosmetic dentistry treatments that you’ll find at our practice:

  • Teeth Whitening: With a professional whitening treatment, you can brighten your smile in a relatively short amount of time. It usually carries a mid-level cost, but it’s important to remember that teeth whitening can only be used to make changes to the color of the tooth. If you have a cosmetic issue related to a tooth’s position or shape, you will want to consider a different procedure.
  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding: It’s often possible to quickly fix minor imperfections with cosmetic dental bonding. This is one of the cheapest cosmetic dental treatments available. That being said, it will likely need to be redone after a few years.
  • Veneers: Veneers do tend to cost more than cosmetic dental bonding, but at the same time they also tend to last much longer. On top of that, veneers are a versatile procedure that can be used to make multiple corrections at the same time, which often makes them well worth the investment.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

Male dental patient sitting back and smiling

Initially, you might wonder whether you can use dental insurance to help pay for your veneers. It never hurts to check your benefits, but you’re likely to find that veneers aren’t included under your coverage. This is because dental insurance typically only pays for treatments that are considered medically necessary; veneers are usually placed for purely cosmetic reasons.

But even if dental insurance can’t help you pay for your veneers, there’s another way to make the cost more manageable. Our practice is proud to accept CareCredit financing to take the stress out of paying for dental care. With CareCredit, you won’t have to cover the full cost of a given treatment all at once; instead, you will be able to pay in convenient monthly installments. There are multiple plans available, allowing you to pick the one that best suits your dental needs.

Veneers FAQs

lady smiling choosing her veneer color

Are dental veneers permanent?

While the veneers you receive won’t last forever, the treatment itself does require permanent alteration of your tooth enamel, which cannot grow back or repair itself. Because of this, once you commit to getting veneers, you will need to have them for as long as your smile exists, making the procedure itself permanent. That’s why we conduct a thorough consultation before each treatment, allowing you to ask any questions and make sure that veneers in Rochester are right for you.

How long do veneers last?

Despite the restorations themselves not being able to last forever, their lifespan is significant! In fact, a study published in 2007 followed the progress of a total of 304 veneers, finding that 96% of them lasted five years, 93% lasted 10 to 11 years, 91% 12 to 13 years, and 73% 15 to 16 years. Another study published later in 2012, found that 83% of the 318 veneers they tracked lasted 20 years.

With proper maintenance and good dental hygiene, like routine visits to your cosmetic dentist in Rochester for checkups and cleanings, you can get the most out of your treatment and enjoy your smile for longer.

Are there any foods I’m going to have to give up for veneers?

Veneers are designed to stand the test of time, but certain foods and beverages, like those that are excessively acidic, sticky, or chewy, can cause them to become dislodged or damaged. For that reason, patients should be mindful when consuming foods like gummies, crunchy fruits and vegetables, and alcoholic beverages.

How long does the process of getting veneers take?

Dr. Brong customizes each veneer treatment to his patient’s individual needs, so the timeline for your procedure will depend on a variety of factors, including how many teeth you’re looking to enhance. However, typically, the process takes place over the course of weeks and multiple different appointments, including a consultation, fitting for the veneers, and adhering the permanent restorations to your prepared teeth.

Can I use veneers to correct my bite?

Unfortunately, veneers are primarily used to conceal and address cosmetic issues, while malocclusion (like an overbite or underbite) is a functional concern. Because this treatment isn’t designed to improve the function of your bite, if you have an orthodontic issue, we may recommend ClearCorrect aligners as a better, more appropriate solution.