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If you feel self-conscious about your teeth and it’s making you feel reluctant to show off your smile, porcelain veneers may be the treatment you need to restore your confidence. Our experienced dentists can help you decide if porcelain veneers in Thorndale is the treatment for you.
Porcelain Veneers Overview
Veneers consist of thin layers of porcelain that are designed to look just like your natural teeth. They are bonded to the front surface of teeth, correcting a variety of aesthetic problems in people who have healthy, strong teeth. Veneers porcelain can improve tooth discoloration, unevenly spaced teeth, chipped teeth, and misshapen teeth.
What Is the Expected Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of veneers will differ for each patient and is dependent on the duration of your procedure and how many teeth require treatment. It’s important to consider that veneers made from porcelain are usually not covered by insurance because they’re considered an elective cosmetic treatment. Our office may have other options for you to explore, so we encourage you to inquire about flexible financing or payment options that can help you afford your porcelain veneers cost. Contact us for more information.
How Are Veneers Different From Crowns?
Porcelain crowns and veneers made from porcelain have some similarities but also a few key differences. The similarities include being composed of the same materials, improving the shape and color of your teeth, and adhering to the underlying structure of your teeth. Unlike veneers, crowns cover the entire surface of your tooth, all the way to the gum. For this reason, crowns are usually called “caps” since they fit over the entire tooth. Veneers only cover the surface of your teeth.
Since they cover your entire tooth, crowns are a good choice for patients who have very damaged teeth or teeth that have lost most of their structure. In order for a crown to fit properly, the dentist needs to remove more tooth enamel in comparison to a veneer. This can be up to two millimeters for some patients. However, crowns can actually strengthen a tooth once they’re securely in place.
Crowns are also the best option for back teeth because they can support the bite force of molars. Patients who only want to improve the aesthetics of their smile are more likely to choose veneers made from porcelain. During your consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss a treatment plan that addresses your treatment goals. Make your appointment today to learn if you’re a suitable candidate for porcelain veneers in Thorndale.
How Do You Prepare Teeth for Veneers?
Receiving veneers can require two or three trips to the dentist. Here’s what you can expect during the porcelain veneers procedure.
To prepare teeth for veneers, your dentist will reshape the surface of your teeth by removing less than one millimeter of your tooth enamel. This helps make room for the placement of veneers and creates a natural appearance. Next, your dentist will make a model of your teeth, which is sent to a dental laboratory where a technician will design veneers that match the unique shape of your teeth. This can take between one to two weeks. During this waiting period, you’ll receive temporary veneers. Your dentist will also determine the shade of veneers that will be the best match for your smile.
Once your custom-made veneers have been delivered, you’ll return to our office so the dentist can remove the temporary veneers and place the permanent veneers. A special type of cement is applied to your teeth to attach the permanent veneer. Once the proper position has been achieved, your dentist will use an ultraviolet light to harden the cement so it quickly bonds to the surface of your teeth.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
Porcelain teeth are very strong and durable, and they can last for decades if you practice good oral hygiene habits. Visiting your dentist for professional cleanings and brushing and flossing every day can help you maintain the health and beauty of your smile. Since veneers are just like your natural teeth, they are susceptible to damage. To protect your veneers, it’s necessary to wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports and avoid biting hard objects. If you grind your teeth while you’re asleep, you’ll likely need to wear a bite guard to protect your teeth from damage.
If you’ve been looking for a dentist office in Thorndale offering top-quality veneers, give us a call today at (610) 590-1798.