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If discoloration, misshapen teeth, or gaps are causing you to hide your smile from the world, porcelain veneers can help you achieve a bright and beautiful smile you’ll be proud to show off.
What Is a Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells composed of porcelain and are designed to look just like your natural teeth. The shells are custom-made appliances and are adhered to the front of the tooth’s surface, instantly improving the beauty of your smile. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct many common dental problems, such as chipped or worn teeth, gaps between teeth, uneven spacing, misshapen or crooked teeth, and discolored teeth. Veneers can also correct deep stains and discoloration that can’t be improved with traditional whitening or bleaching treatments.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Although porcelain veneers usually cost more compared to composite resin veneers, they’re a worthwhile investment for many patients because of their durability and natural appearance. Your porcelain veneers cost depends on a variety of factors, including how many teeth are being restored, the complexity of the restoration, and the materials used to make the veneer. Porcelain veneers usually aren’t typically covered by insurance, as they’re considered a cosmetic treatment. However, we may be able to provide options to make the cost of veneers porcelain more affordable. Please contact us for more information about financing options and flexible payment plans.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
Porcelain crowns and veneers are made of the same material, and can both change the color and shape of teeth and improve the appearance of your smile, but they do have several distinct differences. One of the primary differences between the two is how much of the tooth is covered by the appliance. Crowns are designed to completely cover or cap your entire tooth while veneers only cover the front surface. Dental crowns are also much thicker than veneers, and your dentist must remove more tooth enamel for a crown to fit properly.
If your teeth are healthy and you’re only looking to improve the overall look of your smile, porcelain veneers are usually the best option. However, if your teeth need a reinforced structure because of damage, decay, or other structural problems, your dentist will recommend a crown.
When you come to our office for your initial consultation, our dentists will discuss the treatment options available to you and answer any questions you may have.
How Are Teeth Prepared for Veneers?
Receiving porcelain veneers is a painless process that can usually be completed in two or three visits to our clinic. During the first step of the porcelain veneers procedure, your dentist removes a small amount of enamel (less than 1 mm) from the surface of each tooth. This helps prepare your teeth for the placement of veneers and ensures a comfortable, natural fit. Next, impressions of your mouth and prepared teeth are taken and sent to a dental laboratory to create custom-made veneers that fit the unique shape of your teeth. At your next visit, the veneers are bonded to your teeth, and your dentist will make any necessary adjustments for fit and shape.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Porcelain teeth are very durable, and they can last for 10-15 years with proper care, such as brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist for regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, veneers are susceptible to damage, so it’s important to avoid chewing on hard objects and wear mouth guards while engaging in contact sports.
What Are Lumineers®?
Lumineers® are the brand name of a specific type of veneer. Since they’re thinner than typical veneers, Lumineers require little to no reduction in the enamel of your natural teeth. They are also more resilient and resistant to wear in comparison to a porcelain veneer, allowing them to last more than 20 years.
Ready to take the next step towards achieving the smile you’ve always wanted with porcelain veneers in Center City Philadelphia? Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.