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If your teeth are misshapen, discolored, or misaligned, porcelain veneers can help restore your smile. Veneers are appropriate for patients who have generally healthy teeth but want to correct minor imperfections to make their smile more aesthetically pleasing. If you want to learn more about porcelain veneers in Chesapeake, contact us today.
How Does a Porcelain Veneer Work?
Veneers are made from thin layers of porcelain that resemble natural tooth enamel in appearance and function. The veneer is applied to the surface of the tooth to correct minor aesthetic issues, including:
- discoloration caused by aging, smoking, diet, or certain medications;
- small gaps and minor alignment issues; and
- chips or other issues involving the shape and size of the tooth.
What Should I Expect Before and After the Porcelain Veneers Procedure?
The procedure starts with the dentist making a mold of your teeth so that each porcelain veneer can be custom fit. In some cases, the dentist may have to remove a small portion of the tooth’s natural enamel so that the veneer fits properly. The veneer is then adhered into place. The process is painless, and your new veneers will look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Are Veneers the Same as Porcelain Crowns?
Both veneers and crowns are permanent and made from the same material. Unlike a veneer that is applied to the front surface of the tooth, a crown covers the entire tooth. Crowns, sometimes referred to as caps or porcelain teeth, are typically used to reinforce the tooth when the tooth structure has been compromised due to trauma or decay. Crowns are also commonly used on molars since they are subjected to significant force when you chew.
Are Veneers Durable?
Veneers porcelain is manufactured to withstand the pressure and force of normal chewing. Of course, you should avoid biting into hard foods and using your teeth to open packages and bottles. If you clench or grind your teeth, you should ask your dentist about a custom-made mouthguard to protect your veneers and natural teeth. With daily brushing and flossing, your veneers should last for decades.
Are Lumineers® Different From Porcelain Veneers?
Lumineers® are a specific brand of veneer. Lumineers are ultra-thin, so the dentist may not have to remove any of the natural tooth enamel to prep the tooth for the veneer. Despite the fact that they are thinner than traditional veneers, Lumineers can last up to 20 years and are translucent for a natural appearance.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
The cost of your porcelain veneers can vary based on the type of veneer that you choose and whether you have any additional dental issues that need to be addressed prior to the veneer procedure. Our staff will discuss your porcelain veneers cost during your consultation.
Regain Your Confidence with Porcelain Veneers
If you are embarrassed about small imperfections in your teeth, our experienced dentists in Konikoff Dental Associates Volvo Parkway can help. Call (757) 320-4379 today to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.