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Are small gaps in your front teeth keeping you from showing your smile? Are you frustrated with discolored or chipped front teeth? You’re not alone; more than one-third of all Americans don’t like the way their smiles look. Luckily, the availability of the porcelain veneers procedure gives you another option for improving the gleam of your smile and correcting small issues with the color, positioning, shape and size of your teeth. If your teeth are otherwise healthy, talk to your dentist about whether porcelain veneers in Center City Philadelphia might be a good option for you. We’re just a quick phone call away.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Veneers are a thin layer that is applied directly to your tooth’s face. Made of dental porcelain, these veneers can correct many different cosmetic issues in healthy teeth. Some of the ways you can use veneers to improve your smile include:
- Size and Shape: Veneers can change the shape of your teeth, creating a smile that is uniform whether your teeth are too big, too small, too square, too round, too short or all of the above. If you have multiple issues, veneers are an easy way to create a uniform smile since they’re custom-made for each of your teeth.
- Alignment: Veneers can instantly correct small gaps in your teeth so that you can enjoy an even smile without resorting to braces. They can also adjust the appearance of teeth that are slightly out of alignment.
- Tooth color: Many patients are dissatisfied with their tooth color. Veneers porcelain can help you achieve a brighter smile, especially if tooth lightening treatments haven’t worked for you. Veneers come in several different shades so you can choose the color you prefer.
How Much Will Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The porcelain veneers cost can vary based on a number of factors. The complexity of your cosmetic needs, the type of veneer chosen and the number of teeth that need restoration will affect the price. We understand that many dental insurance providers may not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures, so feel free to discuss potential costs and financing options with us.
How Do Veneers Compare to Crowns?
Both crowns and veneers are terrific solutions for cosmetic restoration of the teeth, although each offers its own advantages. Both are permanent restorations, and they can be made from the same materials. If you’re looking for a simple cosmetic solution, porcelain dental veneers offer a quick and painless option. With veneers, less of the tooth’s structure, about 1 mm, is removed to make room for the veneer. Veneers are fast, painless and immediately change the tooth’s color and shape.
On the other hand, porcelain crowns offer many structural support advantages. Crowns fit over the entire tooth, down to the gums, and they provide extra strength and support to the tooth. For this reason, they’re often a better choice if the tooth has been structurally weakened by decay, age, or nighttime teeth grinding. Crowns are also a good choice for molars, providing the structural support back teeth need to withstand the jaw’s biting and chewing force.
If you’re looking for a cosmetic fix for your smile, discuss both options with your dentist. Your dentist will help you make a decision about the type of porcelain dental restoration that best suits your dental health and needs.
What’s the Preparation and Installation Process?
To make the veneers fit your exact tooth, your dentist will make a mold of your tooth. When your veneers are ready, the dentist may remove a tiny amount of your tooth’s enamel. The amount of enamel removed is less than 1 mm in thickness, allowing the veneer to fit onto your tooth naturally. Your dentist will bond the tooth in place with a special adhesive that ensures your veneer won’t move around once it’s in place.
How Long Can I Expect Veneers to Last?
Getting porcelain veneers can keep your smile looking bright for many, many years. To ensure their longevity, be sure to brush and floss your teeth daily. And avoid using your porcelain teeth to open a bottle or bag, and remember not to chew on hard objects like pens or pencils.
How Are Lumineers® Different?
Lumineers are super-thin veneers that require little to no removal of tooth enamel for the application. They’re also known for their durability, lasting for 20 years or more. Lumineers have a highly translucent quality, so many patients prefer them for their natural look and feel.
We look forward to helping you create the smile of your dreams with porcelain veneers in Center City Philadelphia. Contact our office today to get started.