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If you feel helplessly trapped by a smile that is worn, discolored or uneven, it’s time to take charge of your smile, and we can help. You have dozens of options to improve the appearance of your smile, and many of our patients have found terrific results with porcelain veneers. For healthy teeth that need small fixes in shape, size, coloring or positioning, veneers provide nearly instant improvement. Our dentist is experienced in veneers of all kinds and is here to help you find a cosmetic solution to your smile’s imperfections. Call today to schedule an exam with a dentist, and we’ll discuss whether porcelain veneers in Upper Darby can make your smile brighter.
Porcelain Veneers: How Do They Work?
Extremely thin veneers are made out of dental porcelain and cemented to the front of your tooth, to create a secure, functional bond. Porcelain is used because its light-reflecting properties and texture look and feel just like natural tooth enamel. These veneers are also extremely versatile, giving you many options for creating the smile of your dreams. Keep reading below to see some of the ways veneers can restore your smile.
- Shape and size: One of the best ways to transform a smile is to make small adjustments to the shape and size of your teeth. Since each veneer is crafted individually, you can address each tooth’s unique needs while creating a cohesive, natural-looking smile.
- Tooth color: Teeth naturally begin to discolor slightly as we age, and using tobacco products, coffee, tea and some medications can hasten that discoloration. While traditional whitening treatments may correct some of this discoloration, some teeth can stubbornly resist these whitening efforts. That’s when veneers can help. Since veneers are a shell that covers your tooth, you choose the bright, white shade you want and you never again have to worry about whether your teeth will accept the whitening agent.
- Spacing and alignment: Veneers are often an alternative to braces for minor alignment and spacing issues, especially for adults who don’t want to wait 18 months to 3 years for braces to work. There are a few limitations with veneers since they can’t correct major tooth alignment issues. But they can correct small gaps in your teeth and mild misalignment issues.
If you’re wondering whether veneers might be right for you, schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced dentists. A dentist will evaluate your specific needs and thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to determine if your dental condition is suitable for veneers.
Will My Porcelain Veneers Cost Be Affordable?
Veneers are an important investment, and we strive to make them affordable for all of our patients. Your porcelain veneers cost will be based on factors such as how many teeth require treatment and whether your teeth need pre-treatment. We’ll give you a thorough estimate after your dental evaluation with our skilled dentist, and we can discuss flexible financing options at that time as well.
Should I Choose Veneers or Crowns?
Your tooth’s health, strength and cosmetic needs are just some of the factors your dentist will help you weigh when you’re considering both veneers and crowns. Each type of restoration offers its own unique benefits, depending on your unique needs. Both veneers and crowns can be made with strong, natural-looking dental porcelain, and both options can dramatically change the color, shape and appearance of your tooth. They also both provide a permanent solution for your tooth restoration.
Veneers porcelain covers only the front side of the tooth, while porcelain crowns cover the entire tooth. Because the crown surrounds the entirety of the tooth, more of the natural tooth has to be removed to make room for the crown. In contrast, only a small bit of one side of the tooth is lost to a porcelain dental veneer application.
Crowns are often preferred for restoring teeth that have been weakened by decay or trauma as well as for back teeth that need to withstand the biting force of the back jaw.
What’s the Process for Preparing Teeth for Veneers?
Your dentist will begin by making a mold of your teeth. This impression ensures that your veneer will fit your tooth perfectly. Once the lab has custom-made your veneer, your dentist may need to remove a very small portion of your tooth’s enamel. While the exact amount of enamel removed depends on the brand and thickness of your veneer, it will be less than 1mm. This process allows the veneer to fit flush against your gums and tooth naturally. The veneer is cemented onto your tooth to create a secure bond that won’t move or slip. Next, your dentist may polish the edges of your new veneer to ensure that it looks like one of your natural teeth.
The porcelain veneers procedure is painless, and your new veneer should feel as comfortable as your own teeth.
Will Veneers Last Long?
Veneers should last for decades, giving you a bright smile for many years. To care for your veneers, daily brushing and flossing are important. You should also schedule regular check-ups at your dental office. While your porcelain teeth are strong, they’re not meant to be used to open bottle, bags or other items.
What Are the Benefits of Lumineers®?
Lumineers are known for their super-thin profile, incredible durability and superior translucency. Why does veneers thickness matter? Thinness matters because these veneers are so thin that your dentist will have to remove little to none of your tooth’s surface enamel in order to adhere the veneers to your teeth. It’s also tough to beat Lumineers extra-long lifespan of 20 years or more.
Take charge of your smile today by asking us about porcelain veneers in Upper Darby.