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.
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.
Maintaining Your Porcelain 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.
Porcelain veneers might be right for you if your smile is in need of a speedy transformation due to:
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.
Veneers are also beneficial in that treatment is quite conservative. Unlike dental crowns, a veneer only sits on the front surface of a tooth. Therefore, much less reduction is necessary to achieve an ideal fit.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option in numerous situations where a natural tooth does not add to the overall value of the smile. Perhaps a tooth never fully developed and looks smaller than those around it, or a tooth has turned slightly or becomes stained. Each of these scenarios and many more can be corrected with custom-made porcelain veneers.
Aside from the cosmetic issues porcelain veneers can fix, you may be a good candidate if you want a:
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.
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.
Porcelain veneers are made of 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:
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.
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 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.
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 of your porcelain veneers is influenced by a number of factors including:
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.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most expensive types of veneers because of their quality. The ceramic material used in porcelain veneers results in:
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.
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:
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.
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