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Have your teeth become dull or discolored over time? Maybe you have small gaps in your teeth but are reluctant to wear braces. With the help of porcelain veneers, you can reveal your most beautiful smile. Our dentists can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with porcelain veneers in Fredericksburg.
Why Are Patients Getting Porcelain Veneers?
Composed of thin, tooth-colored shells, veneers porcelain are attached to the front surface of teeth, dramatically improving the look of your smile. They are used to treat a variety of cosmetic concerns, including tooth discoloration, chipped or worn down teeth, and unevenly spaced teeth. Veneers are perfect for fixing minor issues with the appearance of teeth. Our dentists are experienced in placing veneers and would love to help you determine if veneers are right for you. Call our office today.
Porcelain Veneers Cost: What to Know
There are several factors that can affect your porcelain veneers cost, such as the number of visits required to complete treatment, the number of veneers used, and whether any other procedures or treatments are needed prior to beginning treatment with veneers. Unfortunately, most dental insurance providers won’t offer coverage for veneers because they’re considered an elective cosmetic treatment. But, our office may have payment options or financing options to help you manage the cost of care. Give us a call today to learn more.
Should I Choose a Veneer or Crown?
Both veneers and crowns can enhance the beauty of your smile, and they are both made of similar materials. However, they have differences in size and how much tooth structure must be removed prior to placement.
Crowns completely cover the entire tooth, all the way to the gum line. This is sometimes called “capping a tooth” since the crown fits over the top of a tooth like a cap. Unlike porcelain crowns, veneers only cover the front surface of teeth. Veneers are also much thinner in size, so your dentist only needs to remove a minimal amount of enamel. Since crowns are thicker, the dentist usually needs to trim about two millimeters from the tooth’s surface to ensure a proper fit over the entire tooth.
Crowns are typically a better choice compared to veneers when there are existing issues affecting the tooth’s structure, such as advanced decay and chipped or cracked teeth. In this way, crowns can reinforce the structure of teeth, offering protection from additional damage. Veneers are primarily a cosmetic treatment that is ideal for patients who have healthy teeth and are only interested in enhancing the look of their smile. Get in touch with us today to make an appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers in Fredericksburg.
What Is Required to Prepare Teeth for Veneers?
The porcelain veneers procedure can usually be completed in two visits to our office. The first appointment prepares your teeth for placement of the veneers, and the veneers are placed during your second appointment. Here’s a closer look at the steps involved.
To prepare your teeth for veneers, the dentist removes a minimal amount of tooth enamel, which is usually less than one millimeter. In general, the amount removed is equal to the width of the veneer that’s placed on your teeth. Once your teeth are prepared, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth that will be sent to a dental laboratory. The technician uses this mold to create customized veneers. Since it can take one to two weeks to manufacture the veneers, your dentist will place temporary veneers on your teeth.
Once your permanent veneers are manufactured, you’ll come to our office for your second appointment. Your temporary veneers will be removed, and your teeth will be cleaned to prepare them for placement of the permanent veneers. A special adhesive is used to bond the veneers to the surface of your teeth, and an ultraviolet light is applied to ensure a secure fit. After your veneers are polished, you’ll have a new smile that you’ll be proud to show to the world.
How Long Can I Expect My Veneers to Last?
With basic care and good oral hygiene, porcelain teeth can last for decades. However, there are some steps to follow to ensure that your veneers last as long as possible. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth every day and seeing your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams. You’ll also want to be mindful not to use your teeth as a tool for opening packages or bags and use caution when biting down on hard foods or objects. Wearing a mouth guard while playing contact sports will keep your veneers protected as well. If you’re prone to clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping, you may benefit from wearing a night guard.
What Are the Benefits of Lumineers®?
Lumineers® is the brand name given to a specific type of dental veneer. They are highly translucent, replicating the appearance of your natural teeth. Lumineers are also much thinner than traditional veneers, requiring little to no tooth enamel reduction before they’re applied to your teeth. Despite being ultra-thin, Lumineers are more resilient and resistant to wear, often lasting more than 20 years. To enhance the beauty of your smile with Lumineers, call our office to make an appointment.