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Do chipped, crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth keep you from smiling? Getting porcelain dental veneers can boost your confidence in smiling again. They’re the perfect solution for fixing small dental problems. Our skillful dentist can decide if you’re a good candidate to get veneers.
What Are Porcelain Dental Veneers?
Also called porcelain teeth, veneers are a form of cosmetic dentistry. They’re made of thin layers of dental porcelain that imitate your natural tooth enamel and adhere to the surface of your teeth. For that reason, they can correct the color, alignment, size, spacing or shape of your teeth.
- Color — Using or consuming some products can turn your teeth yellow or dingy. Coffee, tobacco and tea are prime examples, but aging and certain medications can cause these color changes too. When teeth whitening products have been unsuccessful, veneers can make your teeth look like new again.
- Spacing and Alignment — Misaligned teeth and small gaps might make you embarrassed to smile. While you may have avoided dentists because you don’t want braces, these devices aren’t always necessary to fix the issue. Veneers could provide the minor adjustments that you need.
- Shape and Size — Having chipped, shortened or other shape issues with your teeth may make you feel embarrassed. These feelings might be particularly strong when you attend milestone events, family gatherings and job interviews. Porcelain dental veneers comfortably and firmly fit over the front of your teeth so that nobody can see those flaws. They can even make your teeth look longer and provide other overall enhancements.
Schedule a consultation in Philadelphia to learn about how veneers can bring your smile back.
How Much Will Veneers Cost Me?
Since veneers are a cosmetic service, most insurance companies won’t help with your porcelain veneers cost unless it’s medically necessary for you to get them. For this reason, you’re likely to pay the full cost on your own. There’s no fixed price for them, so where you get them, the type of dentist you see and the specific veneers you choose will affect your porcelain veneers cost. Schedule an appointment for an estimate.
What’s the Difference Between Veneers and Crowns?
Crowns and veneers have some similarities. They both adhere to teeth, become permanent fixtures, consist of the same materials, and change the color and shape of your teeth. However, the difference is that a crown covers all of a tooth, not only the front. The dentist also has to file more tooth enamel off your tooth to apply a crown. These differences make porcelain crowns better for teeth with poor structure because of aging, trauma, decay or grinding.
How Does the Dentist Apply Porcelain Veneers?
First, the dentist might have to remove some of the natural enamel from your teeth so that the veneers fit correctly. Usually, the amount is less than 1 millimeter. However, the amount removed depends on the brand and type of veneers that you get.
Second, our dentist will put a special resin cement on the veneers to adhere them to your teeth. After that, the veneers won’t move and should feel and look like the rest of your teeth. It’s a pain-free process. Call us for more information.
Do I Need Pre-Work Before Veneers?
Before applying your veneers, our dentist needs to make an impression of your teeth. The lab will use it to make the veneers. Upon receiving them, we can initiate the porcelain veneers procedure.
How Do Lumineers® Differ?
As a well-known brand, Lumineers® are a little different from traditional veneers. They don’t require dentists to remove as much enamel before application and are thinner, which makes them feel more natural. Despite that, they’re just as durable and last a long time. Find out more during a consultation.
How Long Can Teeth Have Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can last for more than a couple of decades if you prevent them from becoming damaged. For example, they can be damaged by things that you open with your teeth, such as bags or bottles. By not doing that, you can maintain your smile.
What’s the Process for Cleaning Veneers?
For the most part, caring for veneers porcelain doesn’t require any extra maintenance. You should follow normal dental hygiene practices: brushing twice and flossing once daily. If you got veneers because of damage from teeth grinding or clenching, you should get a night guard to protect your veneers and the rest of your teeth. When veneers are on your incisors or front teeth, you should also be careful while eating hard foods.