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Smiling can boost your mood and your health. But, if you find yourself smiling less than you want to because you don’t feel good about your smile’s appearance, veneers may be the solution you’re searching for. These natural-looking veneers can help healthy teeth appear more attractive by making small adjustments to the color, size and shape of your teeth. Don’t let embarrassment about your teeth keep you from smiling, talk with one of our experienced dentists about porcelain veneers in Bala Cynwyd.
How Can Veneers Improve My Smile?
Custom-made for each of your teeth, veneers can address a multitude of cosmetic issues in healthy teeth. These veneers are made of a thin layer of natural-looking dental porcelain, and they adhere directly to the face of the tooth. Because of this secure bond to your tooth, you can smile with confidence, knowing that no one can tell you’re wearing veneers. Here are just a few of the ways veneers can help your smile:
- Size: The size of your teeth is highly personal, and many of us have teeth that don’t match the size or shape of our faces. Or worse, you may have one or two teeth that are smaller or bigger than the others, creating a snaggletoothed appearance. Veneers can help adjust the size of your teeth to present a natural-looking smile that suits the size and shape of your face and your personal preference.
- Shape: Just as you may want to adjust the size of your teeth to suit your face, you may want to adjust your tooth’s shape too. Teeth that are too square, too round or too pointy can be frustrating and make your smile look harsh or unnatural. Veneers can adjust each tooth’s shape to create a cohesive, natural smile.
- Tooth color: Are you troubled by dingy or yellowing teeth? You’re not alone. Aging, drinking tea or coffee, using tobacco products or taking certain medications can cause tooth discoloration. If whitening treatments haven’t delivered satisfying results for you, veneers may be a good option. You can choose from several shades so that you can create the bright smile you’ve been longing for.
- Alignment and spacing: If the small gap in your teeth makes you feel self-conscious, now is the time to resolve your tooth gaps once and for all. Veneers can close small gaps in your teeth instantly, helping you avoid braces or more intensive restorations. If some of your teeth are slightly out of alignment, veneers may also help with that issue too.
To make sure that veneers are right for you, our dentist will evaluate your teeth and gums and provide you with suitable cosmetic dental options.
What’s the Average Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The average cost of veneers is difficult to pinpoint because prices depend on several different issues. The type of veneer you select, whether you need pre-treatment and the number of teeth that need veneers all affect your porcelain veneers cost. While most insurers don’t cover veneers, we may be able to help with flexible financing or other cost savings options. Contact us to find out how affordable veneers can be.
How Does a Veneer Differ from a Crown?
In many ways, veneers and crowns are very similar. They both can be made of porcelain dental material, and they both are affixed to the tooth’s underlying structure. Both veneers and crowns enhance the color and shape of a tooth.
There are some notable differences between the two options, as well. Where veneers porcelain adheres to the front of the tooth only, porcelain crowns fit over the entire tooth. With a veneer, less than 1 mm of the tooth’s enamel needs to be removed to be fitted into place. With a crown, at least 2 mm of the tooth’s structure has to be removed.
Veneers are purely a cosmetic solution, whereas crowns provide structural strength to a tooth. They’re especially helpful for restoring a tooth that has lost structure due to decay, trauma, age or disease and for molars that need to withstand the jaw’s strong biting force.
What Happens When Getting Porcelain Veneers?
If you and your dentist decide that veneers are right for you, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to start the porcelain veneers procedure. This mold helps the dentist and the cosmetic dentistry lab create a custom-fit veneer. The process of applying the veneer to your tooth is painless. First, your dentist may remove a thin layer of your tooth’s enamel. The dentist removes less than 1 mm off the surface, the same thickness as your veneer. This allows the veneer to lie flush against your tooth and gums. The veneer should look and feel like your natural teeth.
Do Veneers Last a Long Time?
Yes, veneers can keep your smile beautiful for decades if you care for them well and avoid blows to your teeth. To care for your teeth, simply brush and floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. When getting porcelain veneers, it’s also important to avoid using your porcelain teeth to open bottles, bag or other items.
Are Lumineers® Different from Other Veneers?
The biggest difference you’ll experience with Lumineers is their ultra-thin nature. Because these veneers are so thin, your dentist may not need to remove any of your natural tooth’s surface to apply Lumineers to your teeth. They also offer greater durability with a lifespan of 20 years or more.
It’s never too late to create a gleaming smile with porcelain veneers in Bala Cynwyd. Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists.