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If you’ve always wanted to improve the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers may be an option for you. Whether your teeth are discolored, chipped, or have small gaps, veneers can give you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Keep reading to learn more about porcelain veneers in Springfield.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers porcelain are very thin shells that closely resemble your natural teeth. They adhere to the front surface of each tooth and can correct a variety of issues, including tooth discoloration, crooked teeth, chipped teeth, and small gaps between teeth. These are the perfect solution to minor problems with your teeth. If you would like more information about veneers in Springfield, call our office today.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Every patient is different and has unique needs, so there isn’t a set cost for veneers made from porcelain. The total cost can be influenced by the complexity of the restoration and how many teeth are being restored with veneers.
Since veneers are a cosmetic treatment and are usually not considered medically necessary, they’re not typically covered by dental insurance. However, flexible payment plans or financing options may be available at our office to help make your porcelain veneers cost more manageable. Get in touch with us for more information.
How Is a Veneer Different From a Crown?
Veneers and crowns have some important similarities and differences. They’re both composed of the same materials, adhere to the underlying structure of your teeth, and can change the shape and color of your teeth. However, porcelain crowns completely cover, or “cap,” your entire tooth while veneers only cover the front surface of your tooth.
Crowns are usually recommended for patients who have lost most of their tooth structure, whether through trauma, decay, age, or due to tooth grinding. In comparison to veneers, more of the tooth’s enamel must be removed for a crown to fit properly. In some instances, about two millimeters of tooth structure may be removed. Once a crown is cemented into place, it can provide a solid foundation for teeth and can strengthen teeth. Because they’re stronger and can support the bite force of molars, crowns are ideal for back teeth.
If your teeth are healthy and you’re only interested in improving the appearance of your smile, veneers may be the best option for you. When you come into our office for a consultation, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and discuss your treatment goals and available options. To discover if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers in Springfield, call us today to make your appointment.
How Are Teeth Prepared for Veneers?
There are many steps to the porcelain veneers procedure. Veneers can usually be placed in two or three appointments, but it depends on your particular needs. To prepare your teeth for the placement of veneers, your dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel. This is usually less than one millimeter and makes enough room for the veneers, ensuring a natural-looking, comfortable fit.
For the next step, impressions of your teeth are taken and sent to a dental lab, where a technician will manufacture custom-made veneers. Your dentist will also decide on the shade of veneers that will fit your smile best. It may take up to two weeks for your veneers to be made, so your dentist will place temporary veneers on your teeth. Once your veneers are ready, the temporary veneers are removed, and the permanent veneers are attached to the surface of your teeth with a special type of cement. Finally, a special light beam is applied to the veneer to quickly harden the materials to the surface of your teeth.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers made from porcelain are quite durable, and they can last for 15-20 years with proper care. Proper care includes maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings. However, just like your natural teeth, porcelain teeth are susceptible to damage. For this reason, it’s important to avoid biting hard objects and wear a mouth guard if you’re playing contact sports. If you have a habit of grinding your teeth at night, you may have to wear a bite guard to protect your veneers from damage.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® is the brand name for a specific type of veneers. Since they’re very thin in composition, they require little to no reduction in the enamel of your real teeth. Although they’re ultra-thin, Lumineers are very durable, lasting for more than 20 years with great care and maintenance. If you’re interested in enhancing your smile with Lumineers, contact our office today to make an appointment.
We’d love to help you achieve your perfect smile. Our dentists are experienced in placing veneers and we also offer a variety of other general dentistry services. Call us at (484) 810-1247 today to schedule your appointment or request an appointment online.