Porcelain Veneers in Newtown Square, PA
There’s nothing like chipped or stained teeth to make you feel less pulled together than you’d like, especially with a job interview, family gathering, or milestone event like a wedding on the horizon. Porcelain veneers can help you smile with confidence. They’re a convenient and popular option to restore the appearance of your teeth, whether you want to correct some yellowing or discoloration, fix a small alignment problem, or even reshape your teeth so that they complement your features better. Our veneers dentist in Newtown Square can evaluate your smile to determine if veneers are right for you – and even show you how you might look if you choose to use veneers.
What is a Porcelain Veneer?
A porcelain veneer is like a shield for your tooth that replaces the natural enamel. It is composed of thin ceramic layers and adheres to the tooth’s outer surface, improving the beauty of your teeth. Brightening dingy or discolored teeth is just one of the ways veneers can enhance your look. Veneers can make chipped teeth look like new again, or lengthen teeth that have become short or misaligned because of bruxism, also called tooth grinding. If you have small gaps between your teeth, veneers can hide the spacing. What’s more, if you’ve always thought that your teeth looked too square, too round, too large or too small for your face, veneers can give you a smile that’s more complimentary to your features.
Applying veneers is pain-free. Our dentist in Newtown Square will take a mold of your teeth to guarantee a proper and comfortable fit. A small amount of your tooth’s natural enamel might need to be reduced before the veneer is placed, depending on the brand and type of veneers used. But once your veneers are adhesively bonded in place, they won’t shift or move when you eat or speak, and they won’t stain. They’re as permanent as a filling or a crown. In fact, no one will know they’re there except your dentist.
How Is a Veneer Different from a Crown?
The biggest difference between a crown and a veneer is this: a veneer is only applied to the front of the tooth and it makes an aesthetic difference. A crown, on the other hand, covers the entire tooth, and is needed when the tooth has lost a lot of tooth structure because of decay, trauma, age, or bruxism (tooth grinding). A crown helps reestablish a damaged tooth’s function as well as its appearance.
A dentist only needs to remove a little bit of the enamel to place a veneer. However, a dentist needs to remove more tooth structure to place a crown.
In some ways, veneers and crowns are similar. Veneers and crowns are both made from the same material, an aesthetically-pleasing dental porcelain that mimics the color and translucency of tooth enamel. Both are custom-made and durable. Both are adhered in place and can change the appearance of your teeth by modifying the color, shape, or size.
How Long Do Veneers Last?
Veneers are designed as a permanent way to enhance the appearance of your teeth. Although their durability can vary depending on the brand of veneers used, your lifestyle, and proper care, they’ll keep your smile gorgeous for years to come as long as you treat them as you would your natural teeth.
What Are Lumineers®
Lumineers are a specific brand of veneers known for being so ultra-thin, they require little to no reduction in the surface enamel of your natural tooth. They’re also highly translucent and highly durable, lasting more than 20 years! Just like other brands of veneers, Lumineers also look natural, feel comfortable, and resist staining.
How Do I Care For Veneers?
For the most part, you care for veneers as you would your natural teeth: by brushing and flossing them gently each day. However, if your veneers cover teeth that were damaged or worn from clenching or grinding, you might need a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers. You also might need to be careful not to use your new smile to rip open packages, or bite into very hard foods, such as candy apples. Veneers can be tough, but such activity can be rough on natural teeth, let alone those with veneers.
Schedule a Consultation for Veneers in Newtown Square Today
Ready to see how veneers can change your smile? If you have additional questions about veneers or think they might be right for you, call us today at (484) 458-5392 to set up an appointment. We’re here to help you.