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We place a lot of importance on a person’s smile. After all, your smile can highlight your self-confidence, it connects you with the people around you and studies show that smiling can improve your health and your mood. So, if you don’t feel like smiling much because you’re embarrassed by stained, slightly misaligned or misshapen teeth, talk with our experienced dentists about porcelain veneers. In otherwise healthy teeth, porcelain veneers in Cedarbrook offer a fast, natural-looking solution, creating a smile that’s whiter, straighter and evener. Keep reading to find out more about veneers, then call us to schedule an evaluation with our skilled dentists.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Improve My Smile?
Made of wafer-thin layers of dental porcelain, veneers transform a smile that is marred by a few small cosmetic issues. These custom-made veneers are attached directly to the face of the tooth, so they feel natural and secure whether you’re smiling, eating, drinking or speaking. They effectively address a wide variety of aesthetic issues, including:
- Shape and size: We understand that you want to put your best face in front of the world, especially when you’re heading to an important life event like a job interview, a wedding, a reunion, a first date or some other special activity. That’s tough to do if your teeth are chipped, misshapen, overly square, too pointy, too large or simply not uniform. Once veneers are placed over your less-than-perfectly shaped teeth, you immediately have an even, appealing smile that makes you look and feel sharp for life’s milestones.
- Alignment and spacing: If you feel awkward about smiling or talking in public because of the small gaps in your teeth, veneers are an excellent and immediate solution. Veneers can close those small gaps as well as make minor adjustments in your tooth alignment. These corrections help to create a smile that is evenly spaced and naturally uniform.
- Tooth color: If you’ve noticed that your teeth have acquired a yellowish or grayish tinge over the years, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans turn to traditional teeth whitening treatments each year to try to create a whiter smile. If whiten
- ing hasn’t given you the results you hoped for, veneers may be a good choice for you. You can choose among many different tooth shades so you can return to your natural tooth color or opt for a brighter, whiter shade.
What Will My Porcelain Veneers Cost?
There are many parts that make up your porcelain veneers cost. The type of veneer selected, the complexity of your dental and cosmetic needs and how many teeth are being treated are just a few factors determining your cost. Many insurance plans don’t provide cosmetic dental services, but we may be able to help you access programs that can help reduce your cost, so contact us today.
Veneers vs. Crowns: Which Is Better?
Both veneers and crowns are incredibly useful options for restoring a tooth’s color, shape and appearance, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about the solution that best fits your needs. Both crowns and veneers are permanent solutions, and both are composed of the same porcelain dental material.
Porcelain dental crowns fit over the entire tooth like a cap. Since a crown covers all sides of a tooth while a veneer covers the front of the tooth, porcelain crowns help to strengthen the tooth it’s covering. This structural support is helpful when you need both cosmetic and shoring up of a tooth that has been damaged by trauma, disease, decay or age. Crowns are especially beneficial for restoring back teeth. These molars have to withstand extremely strong biting forces because the back of the jaw is very strong. A crown helps provide the tooth strength to handle that force.
On the other hand, veneers porcelain damages less of the natural tooth, requiring that less than 1 mm of the tooth’s enamel be removed for application. In order to place a crown on a tooth, more than 2 mm of the natural tooth needs to be removed.
How Do I Prepare for a Porcelain Veneers Procedure?
The veneer procedure is painless and fairly straightforward. First, your dentist makes a mold of your tooth so the veneer can be customized to fit your tooth. Next, a small amount of your tooth’s enamel is removed. The amount removed depends on the brand and type of your veneer, but it’s usually less than 1 mm in thickness. The veneer is then cemented onto the tooth, creating a secure bond. Once in place, your veneer won’t move, and it should feel just like one of your natural teeth.
Will Veneers Last a Long Time?
Veneers are a long-lasting way to enhance your smile, but you should avoid using your teeth to open bottles or other items. Be sure to maintain semi-annual visits to your dentist and brush and floss your teeth daily to keep your porcelain teeth in good shape.
Do Lumineers® Differ From Other Veneers?
Lumineers excel in their reputation for providing ultra-thin veneers that have a superior lifespan and appearance. Because these veneers are so thin, your dentist won’t need to remove as much of your natural tooth’s enamel, if any needs to be removed at all. These veneers can last for more than 20 years, and their highly translucent nature makes them look and feel incredibly natural.
Call us today to find out how porcelain veneers in Cedarbrook can improve your smile and self-confidence.