When it comes to making changes to your smile, you have many options. Whether you have crooked teeth, teeth that are discolored, or other cosmetic dental concerns, you can benefit from dental veneers. Porcelain veneers in our Philadelphia, PA office can effectively achieve a whiter, more beautiful smile.
Our dental care team uses dental veneers for subtle changes and dramatic transformations. Depending on your specific needs and goals, Dr. Derek Conover and Dr. Pamela Doray may recommend porcelain or composite resin veneers. These treatments can cover the front of your teeth and give you a whole new smile.
Our dental care team will meet with you to evaluate your smile and discuss your cosmetic goals. We can create a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable treatment to ensure the best possible result.
Your dentist can use dental veneers to:
- Close spaces between teeth
- Treat black triangles
- Improve the appearance of crooked teeth
- Repair chipped or broken teeth
- Cover stained or discolored teeth
Which Type of Dental Veneers Are Right For You?
Several types of dental veneers are available. Our office will recommend the best option for your circumstances. Your specific cosmetic goals, budget, and
Composite Resin Veneers
This type of dental veneer consists of tooth-colored biocompatible composite resin material, similar to a dental filling. This material is the same material dentists use for tooth bonding. Composite resin veneers usually require little to no preparation of the teeth. This means patients can preserve more of their natural tooth enamel. However, they are not as long-lasting as porcelain veneers.
Composite resin veneers can be an excellent interim cosmetic solution for our patients. These veneers can prove an improved smile for a number of years. When a dentist places composite veneers, he or she applies the composite resin directly to the tooth. Then, they sculpt the material into a natural shape for virtually undetectable restoration.
A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth-like material. Porcelain veneers are highly stain-resistant and have similar light-reflecting properties to natural teeth. They offer a longer-lasting cosmetic restoration of anterior teeth. Porcelain veneers require tooth preparation so they do not look or feel bulky.
There are several material options for conventional porcelain veneers. Conventional veneers require more tooth preparation but are much more conservative than full crown restorations. These restorations are ideal for cases requiring more significant cosmetic changes than an ultra-thin veneer allows.
Porcelain veneers are permanent. Patients who receive porcelain veneers must be committed to covering their teeth for many years. While dentists can remove porcelain veneers, preparation permanently changes the natural teeth underneath the veneers. Patients who want long-lasting results benefit from porcelain veneers.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers in Philadelphia, PA
Porcelain veneers typically take a few visits to complete. To begin, the dentist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and consultation to determine which type of veneers are right for you. Once the doctor prepares your teeth for your veneers, he or she will take a dental impression. A dental ceramist will handcraft your final porcelain restorations in one of our selected dental laboratories.
We make temporary veneers for conventional porcelain veneers. Temporary veneers serve two purposes: they allow you to preview or try on the veneers and cover your teeth during treatment. Temporaries allow you to be comfortable and have an attractive smile while your porcelain veneers are crafted.
In approximately 3–4 weeks, your porcelain veneers will be ready to be bonded to your teeth. We will evaluate the veneers for fit, shape, and color before we bond them to your teeth with special resin cement. Finally, we polish your veneers for a natural high shine.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Do you want to know more about veneer treatment? Read answers to these frequently asked questions:
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Dental veneers can vary in price depending on the material used, the number of dental veneers to be placed, and the complexity of the desired final smile design. Generally, composite resin veneers are less expensive than conventional porcelain veneers.
Before treatment, we will complete a full review of the procedure, including the porcelain veneer cost. We offer convenient payment options, including deferred interest financing through Care Credit for qualified patients.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Custom porcelain veneers look beautiful, feel natural, and last long. You can ensure this longevity by following through with a proper hygiene routine at home and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and examination.
Is the porcelain veneer procedure painful?
We take steps to ensure that each patient undergoing treatment with porcelain veneers is comfortable and relaxed. Most patients watch movies or relaxation videos while we complete their treatment. Our goal in our office is to make your visits painless and comfortable.
It is possible for patients to experience some mild sensitivity immediately following any dental procedure. These symptoms generally subside within 1 – 3 days of treatment.
Do porcelain veneers break easily?
Porcelain veneer material is extremely durable; however, it is brittler than natural tooth enamel. Do not bite down on hard items like your fingernails, plastic packaging, or beer caps. Just like natural teeth, your veneers can chip or crack.
What can you not do with porcelain veneers?
Patients with porcelain veneers should avoid chewing particularly hard foods such as meats, raw fruits and vegetables, ice, and candy. Patients should also avoid eating foods and drinks that may stain the surface of veneers, such as soda, ketchup, coffee, etc.
Do veneers make your breath smell?
Veneers should not make your breath smell bad. If your breath smells after receiving dental veneers, it is likely an oral hygiene issue and has nothing to do with your new veneers. You can experience bad breath if you do not properly care for your veneers. You need to brush and floss daily with veneers.
Enhance Your Smile With Veneers
Call Opus Dental Esthetics for porcelain veneers in Philadelphia, PA today at (215) 395-6076. You may also schedule a dental consultation with us online.