Porcelain Veneers Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry.
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 … Click to go to the page of Dr Lindsey 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 … Click to call us … to schedule a consultation with Main Line cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall. … Click to go to the page of Dr Lindsey Marshall …
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your common questions answered by the experts.
- What Concerns Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?
Porcelain veneers might be right for you if your smile is in 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 reach 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 … Click to go to the page of Teeth Whitening … if staining is the main problem or Invisalign to correct more prominent misalignment.
- What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers? Porcelain veneers offer patients the opportunity to enhance their smiles in a way that achieves the most natural-looking results. The sculpting and polishing of each individual veneer make it nearly impossible to discern between teeth that have been treated and those that have not.
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.
- Dental Veneer CandidatesDepending 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:
- The 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 Porcelain Veneers Made Of?They are made of dental porcelain, 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 for Veneers
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:
- 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.
- Are Porcelain Veneers as Strong as Real Teeth?Dental porcelain is an extremely strong material, which is one of the benefits of this type of veneer. A person who has porcelain veneers can expect their teeth to withstand normal biting and chewing pressure. However, it is necessary to be mindful of the fact that veneers are bonded to enamel. While the bond between the veneer and the tooth is durable for normal motions, tensile strength, meaning pressure with twisting motion, is not as integral. This is easy to manage with good habits such as:
- Avoid biting and chewing on hard objects like ice.
- Do not use teeth to open items, as this involves a slight twisting motion.
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
- Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth when you sleep.
- How Long Do 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.
- How Often Do Porcelain Veneers Need Replacing?
Although porcelain veneers resist discoloration, they can become somewhat stained over the years. Unfortunately, the porcelain material does not respond to teeth whitening, … Click to go to the page of Teeth Whitening … so the only way to brighten the veneers is to have them replaced with new ones.
- Maintaining Your Porcelain VeneersVeneers 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 checkups and professional cleanings so that Dr. Marshall can be sure all is well with your veneers and dental health.
- Can Porcelain Veneers Become Stained?Generally speaking, porcelain is not porous like natural enamel. Therefore, porcelain veneers are not expected to stain over their lifetime. However, this also relates to the way in which veneers are maintained. Patients are advised to avoid teeth-whitening toothpaste. These products contain tiny abrasive particles that could scratch or wear down porcelain over time. Erosion around the margins of a veneer could lead to discoloration at the edges of teeth. If stains were to occur, we might be able to polish them away.
- Why Should I Choose Dr. Marshall for My 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 Physiologic dentistry. She is well qualified in how to design and implement your dental veneers and how to work effectively with porcelain.
- Will I Need to Straighten My Natural Tooth before Getting Veneers?
Patients commonly wonder if they will need to undergo orthodontic treatment or Invisalign® … Click to open a new window to the page of Invisalign… before they can get veneers. The answer is “maybe.” Every situation is unique. Our objective is to ensure a patient gets the long-lasting results they desire from their cosmetic treatment. If several teeth are turned or overlapping, or if there may be a desire to straighten teeth in the future, Dr. Marshall may recommend some type of orthodontic process as a lead-in to porcelain veneers.
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