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Made from thin layers of dental porcelain that look and function like natural tooth enamel, porcelain veneers improve the appearance of your smile by correcting cosmetic issues, such as gaps, discoloration, or misshapen teeth. Schedule a consultation with a dentist from Konikoff Dental Associates Little Neck to see if the porcelain veneers procedure is right for you.
How Does a Porcelain Veneer Work?
A porcelain veneer attaches to the front surface of the tooth to cover up minor cosmetic issues, such as:
- gaps and alignment issues that are not significant enough to require braces,
- yellowed teeth that do not respond to teeth whitening treatments, and
- imperfections in the shape or size of the teeth.
If your teeth are generally healthy, but you are dissatisfied with the aesthetics of your smile, our dentist in Konikoff Dental Associates Little Neck can determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.
What is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain Crowns, and Porcelain Teeth?
A veneer only covers the front surface of the tooth. Veneers are suitable for otherwise healthy teeth that need minor corrections to improve their appearance. A crown, on the other hand, covers the entire tooth, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a porcelain tooth. Crowns are typically used when the underlying tooth structure has been weakened by decay or trauma. A crown may be preferable to a veneer on molars since they can withstand more chewing force.
What Should I Expect When Getting Porcelain Veneers in Virginia Beach?
The process begins with the dentist making an impression of your teeth so that each veneer can be customized to your needs. A thin layer of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth, and the veneer is applied using a special adhesive. This process is painless. Once secured into place, your veneers will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Lumineers® are a special brand of ultra-thin veneers that may allow your dentist to apply your veneers without having to remove any of your natural tooth enamel.
How Long Does Veneers Porcelain Last?
Porcelain veneers are made to withstand decades of wear. Of course, they can be damaged if you bite into very hard foods or use your teeth to open bottles or other items.
How Should I Care for My Veneers?
A dental hygiene routine that includes twice-daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular dental checkups is all that is required to keep your veneers and natural teeth looking their best. If you tend to clench or grind your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about a custom-made mouthguard to protect your teeth.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost at Konikoff Dental Associates Little Neck?
The cost of veneers varies based on the type of veneers that you choose and any underlying dental health issues that may complicate your situation. Our staff will calculate your porcelain veneers cost during your initial consultation.
Don’t Be Shy About Sharing Your Smile
If you are self-conscious about your smile, call (757) 512-8257 today to find out more about porcelain veneers and our other cosmetic services.