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If you find yourself smiling less because of minor imperfections in the appearance of your teeth, the porcelain veneers procedure may be for you. The dentists from Konikoff Dental Associates Shore Drive can determine if veneers are the best way to correct your chipped, misaligned, or discolored teeth.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is applied to the surface of the tooth to cover up minor flaws in the aesthetics of the tooth. Veneers are suitable for individuals who have generally healthy teeth who want to correct issues, such as:
- flaws in teeth spacing and alignment,
- yellowed teeth that don’t improve with normal whitening procedures,
- chipped or worn teeth, and
- teeth that are not shaped or sized appropriately for the proportions of the face.
Isn’t a Porcelain Veneer the Same Thing as a Porcelain Crown?
Porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns are very similar, but there are some important distinctions. A veneer only covers the front surface of the tooth. However, a crown fits over the entire tooth. Crowns are most often used when the underlying tooth needs to be reinforced because its structural integrity has been compromised. Because they cover the entire tooth, crowns are sometimes called caps or porcelain teeth.
How Are Veneers Applied to the Teeth?
Each veneer is custom-made, so the dentist starts by making an impression of your teeth. In most cases, the dentist will need to remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel to ensure that the veneers fit correctly. Certain types of veneers, such as Lumineers®, do not require this step. Most patients describe this process as painless. The veneers are then permanently affixed to the teeth using a special dental adhesive.
Will People Know That I Have Veneers?
Veneers are customized to match the color and translucence of your natural teeth, so people will only know that you have veneers if you choose to tell them.
Will My Veneers Last a Long Time?
Veneers porcelain is made to last decades. Of course, veneers can be damaged if you eat hard foods, such as candy apples, or use your teeth to open bottles or rip open packages. You should care for your veneers just like natural teeth, including twice-daily brushing and daily flossing.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
A number factors can influence your porcelain veneers cost, including:
- the type of veneers that you choose,
- the complexity of the application process, and
- any underlying dental issues that need to be addressed to prepare your teeth for the veneer procedure.
Once the dentist has conducted the initial exam and prepared your treatment plan, we can tell you more about the exact cost of your veneers.
Stop Hiding Your Smile
Being afraid to smile can make you appear unapproachable and negatively affect personal and professional relationships. Veneers and other cosmetic procedures can restore your smile and help you regain your confidence. To find out more about porcelain veneers in Virginia Beach, contact our office at (757) 349-7034 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you.