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If stained, chipped, yellow or uneven teeth are preventing you from smiling, porcelain veneers may be a good way to regain your self-confident smile. Veneers improve the appearance of teeth that are healthy but need a little help with their shape, color, size or position. We are happy to help you decide whether porcelain veneers in Deptford are a good solution for your smile. Simply give us a call, and we’ll schedule you for an evaluation with one of our experienced dentists who can talk with you about your options and whether veneers can restore your happy smile.
Why Are Veneers Beneficial?
Veneers are hand-crafted to perfectly fit over each of your teeth, hiding its imperfections and seamlessly blending into your smile. They are made of extremely thin layers of dental porcelain, so they reflect light and shine just like your natural tooth enamel. Cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth, these veneers are secure so you always feel comfortable and confident while speaking, eating and smiling. There are dozens of ways veneers can help you create the smile you want. Here are just a few of those benefits:
- Size and shape: Veneers allow you to change the visual perception of your teeth and smile. They can transform the entire shape or size of your teeth so your smile is uniform and natural. They can also conceal small imperfections such as teeth that have been ground down from bruxism or teeth that have been chipped. With veneers, you can change the aesthetic appeal of your smile in a way that fits you and your lifestyle.
- Tooth color: It’s no secret that teeth can discolor, turn slightly yellow, take on a gray tinge and generally become less bright as we age. Sometimes this discoloration is caused by medication, but most frequently yellowing is caused by drinking coffee and tea, using tobacco products and simply aging. If teeth whitening products haven’t worked for you, veneers can turn your yellowed teeth into actual pearly whites.
- Alignment and spacing: If you’re looking for a way to close small gaps in your smile without braces, veneers may present your best option. Although they can’t remedy large gaps between teeth, porcelain veneers can close the appearance of small gaps. They can make teeth that are slightly cooked appear straighter and more aligned, instantly.
Porcelain Veneers Cost: Are They Affordable?
The porcelain veneers cost varies widely according to your individual and unique needs. Some of the issues that affect your overall price include how many teeth are receiving veneers, what type of veneer you select and your pre-treatment needs if any. We are happy to give you a cost estimate after your evaluation with our dentist.
How Does a Veneer Compare to a Crown?
The pros and cons of veneers and crowns are important to weigh when you’re considering cosmetic changes to your teeth. There are many similarities between the two options. Veneers are just as permanent a solution as crowns are, and they both are available in dental porcelain and composite resin. Both veneers and crowns can enhance the color and shape of a tooth when adhered to its underlying structure. With a crown, though, more of the natural tooth has to be removed. The porcelain crowns fit entirely over the top of the tooth, all the way down to the gum line. To make room for this entire capping of the tooth, more than 2 mm of the tooth has to be removed. In contrast, veneers porcelain only adheres to the front of the tooth, so only 1 mm of the tooth has to be lost.
Crowns have some advantages over veneers for teeth that have lost structure due to trauma, disease, decay or age. That’s because a crown actually strengthens the tooth, so it’s a good choice for weakened teeth that also need cosmetic help. Crowns are also recommended for back teeth, where the jaw’s biting force is strongest.
How Will My Teeth Be Prepared for Veneers?
If you decide on veneers to improve your smile, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. This mold provides the template for making your custom-fit veneers. During your porcelain veneers procedure, the dentist first removes a tiny amount of your tooth’s surface enamel. This is usually less than 1 mm of the tooth’s surface, although the amount removed depends on the type of veneers selected. Removing the enamel provides a better surface to adhere the veneer to and it allows the veneer to notch into your mouth where it can rest flush against your gums. The procedure is painless, and once the veneer is in place, it shouldn’t move or stain. When the process is complete, your new veneer should feel just like one of your regular teeth.
Are Veneers Durable?
Even though veneers are made of an extremely thin layer or dental porcelain, they are incredibly durable. If you care for them well, your porcelain teeth can last for decades. To get the most out of your investment, brush and floss your teeth daily and schedule dental exams regularly.
Are Lumineers® A Type of Veneers?
Lumineers is a brand of veneers that has a reputation for making veneers that are so thin that your dentist may not need to remove any of your tooth’s surface during their application. These veneers are also extremely durable, offering a lifespan of 20 years or more. With Lumineers, you also enjoy an enhanced appearance and feel since the veneers are made of a highly translucent material.
Porcelain veneers in Deptford can change the way you think about your smile. Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists.