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What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers, or ‘instant orthodontics’ as they are sometimes known, are a dynamic and immediate cosmetic dentistry solution that can be used to correct multiple dental problems and smile imperfections simultaneously.
They are thin shells made of porcelain and custom-designed to fit the front surfaces of your front teeth. They improve the shape, color, alignment and size of the teeth that are most visible when you smile or laugh. At her cosmetic dentistry office on the Main Line of Philadelphia, Dr. Marshall tends to prefer Empress and Emax veneers, brands she finds to be stronger than others.
To find out how the appearance of your teeth can be improved with porcelain veneers, call (610) 649-0696 to schedule a consultation with Main Line cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall.
Dental problems Porcelain Veneers can fix
Porcelain veneers might be right for you if your smile is need of a speedy transformation due to:
- Minor chips or cracks in the teeth
- Misalignment or gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are irregularly sized or shaped
- Discoloration of the teeth that reaches beneath the enamel
Porcelain veneers are placed over the front surface of your tooth to conceal these cosmetic problems.
In some cases, Dr. Marshall might recommend alternative procedures to correct these issues, such as teeth whitening if staining is the main problem or Invisalign to correct more prominent misalignment.
Who is a good candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Depending on your individual circumstances and personal preferences, Dr. Marshall can help you decide if porcelain veneers are the best solution for you. If you are dissatisfied with your smile because of a common cosmetic dental problem, then you are probably a candidate for porcelain veneers. There are a number of things to consider when deciding whether you want this cosmetic enhancement. If issues with your smile go beyond being cosmetic, porcelain veneers may not be effective. For example, if your teeth are crooked to the point of causing bite problems, you may need orthodontics. Or, if tooth cracks are jeopardizing the structure of your tooth, you may require a tooth crown.
Aside from the cosmetic issues porcelain veneers can fix, you may be a good candidate if you want a:
- Long-term way to improve your cosmetic tooth problems.
- Natural-looking treatment option.
- Subtle yet durable way to improve your smile.
If you are interested in a long-term way to improve your teeth, you are probably a good candidate for porcelain veneers. This specific type of veneer has been shown to last anywhere from five to 15 years before needing replacement. Veneers can sometimes outlast tooth bonding and Lumineers. Porcelain veneers are also durable and natural looking. They resist stains and discoloration, and they have light-reflecting properties like those of natural teeth. They can also be matched precisely to the color of your natural teeth. Some patients also have tooth whitening and then have the porcelain veneers matched to the color of their whitened teeth.
What are Dental Veneers made from?
They are made of dental porcelain, a glass-like material with many positive features for dentistry. It comes in an array of shades so that Dr. Marshall can choose one to match your natural teeth.
We use the best quality porcelain, which has subtle variations of color like tooth enamel. Dental porcelain reacts to light much the way tooth enamel does, absorbing some and reflecting some, so that it has a white sheen very similar to that of healthy tooth enamel.
Advantages of porcelain material
Porcelain veneers are made of a durable glass-ceramic material. This material has shown to be highly resistant to breakage, fracture, and wear. It also resists stains and thus retains its color over the years. Some of the advantages of the glass-ceramic material from which porcelain veneers are made include:
- Has an opalescent and translucent appearance like your natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are not opaque and fake looking.
- Stands up to temperature changes in your mouth.
Highly resistant to breaking, although it’s not completely unbreakable.
Should your veneer fracture or break, the veneer must be replaced. Although you cannot prevent porcelain veneers from breaking or discoloring forever, you can extend their longevity by:
- Practicing good dental hygiene to prevent decay to the tooth beneath the veneer.
- Avoiding mouth injuries, such as those caused by contact sports.
- Refraining from bad oral habits, like chewing on pen ends or ice cubes.
Porcelain Veneer procedure
If you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers, we will need to schedule two additional appointments.
During your first visit, Dr. Marshall will prepare your teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel from the front surfaces and slightly etching the new surface. This will create room for your veneers and a provide a good surface for strong bonding. Photographs and measurements will be taken and sent to our top-quality dental laboratory, along with other data necessary for your veneers to be fabricated accurately. Then your temporary veneers will be placed to give you a preview of your final smile.
During your second visit, Dr. Marshall will fit your new veneers temporarily to test your bite. After both you and Dr. Marshall are pleased with their look and feel, they will be permanently bonded to your teeth.
Once your new veneers are in place, they will require the same daily brushing and flossing that you give your natural teeth, especially the backs of the veneered teeth to prevent decay from undermining them from behind.
How should I care for my Dental Veneers?
Veneers need the same daily care that you give your natural teeth. With effective daily brushing and flossing, bacteria should not be able to get between your veneers and teeth, nor be able to invade the backs of the veneered teeth. Be sure to come for your regular check-ups and professional cleanings so that Dr. Marshall can be sure all is well with your veneers and dental health.
How long do Porcelain Veneers last?
Porcelain veneers resist breakage, cracks, stains and wear. Under the forces of chewing and biting, veneers can last as long as 15 years with proper care. Although there is no way to know for sure how long yours will last, porcelain veneers are one of the most durable and longest-lasting cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Although porcelain veneers resist discoloration, they can become somewhat stained over the years. Unfortunately, the porcelain material does not respond to teeth whitening, so the only way to brighten the veneers is to have them replaced with new ones.
Before and After Photos
Full Set of Veneers
What qualifies a dentist to place Dental Veneers?
Any general dentist can offer dental veneers, but a properly qualified cosmetic dentist has post-graduate training for all cosmetic dentistry procedures since it is not given at undergraduate dental schools. Dr. Marshall undertook additional training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), a world-class school for both cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry. She is well qualified in how to design and implement your dental veneers and how to work effectively with porcelain.
Tooth Whitening with Porcelain Veneers
Dr. Marshall offers a number of options for tooth whitening with porcelain veneers. In addition to traditional veneers, Dr. Marshall offers the premium brands Empress Veneers and Lumineers®. The ideal solution for your smile will be dependent on factors such as how many veneers are being placed and the extent of staining being covered.
Both Empress Veneers and porcelain veneers require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel for placement. This allows them to fit unnoticeably into your smile. These two options are slightly thicker than Lumineers, making them better suited to cover dark stains and more pronounced discoloration.
Lumineers are thinner than other types of veneers. Due to this, Dr. Marshall will not need to remove as much of your natural tooth enamel for their placement. However, the thinner material may make Lumineers ill-suited to cover darker stains, necessitating one of the thicker alternatives for optimal tooth whitening.
How much do Veneers cost?
The cost of porcelain veneers depends on the unique characteristics of your treatment. The only way to receive an accurate estimate of the cost of your treatment is to schedule a consultation with Lindsey Marshall, DMD. After reviewing your goals for treatment and examining your oral health, we can discuss your financing options.
The cost your porcelain veneers is influenced by a number of factors including:
- The number of veneers you receive
- The material used to craft your veneers
- The region in which you live
- Your dentist’s skill
- The lab your dentist uses
You may have seen estimates on the internet ranging anywhere from several hundred dollars to close to two thousand dollars per veneers. The cost ranges so widely because of the factors listed above.
Weighing the cost and value
Porcelain veneers are one of the most expensive types of veneer because of their quality. The ceramic material used in porcelain veneers results in:
- Stain resistance
- Natural appearance
Porcelain veneers can last anywhere from five to 15 years before wear or breakage requires replacement. One study showed porcelain veneers can last as many as 20 years before needing to be replaced. Although porcelain veneers may be more expensive than other options, such as Lumineers or tooth bonding, the advantages listed above result in the high value of the procedure. Although they may require a higher up-front cost, they tend to last longer and look better than some of their alternatives.
Financing Your Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry treatments are not affordable for everyone, but we think everyone deserves a smile they can be proud of. To help you plan for the affordability of porcelain veneers, we offer the following financing options:
- Lending Club
Both of these financing companies offer cosmetic dentistry loans to qualified candidates. You can speak to our office about how to apply for these loans.