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Do you wish you could have a whole new smile? Or maybe you just have one tooth you wish you could just replace. With porcelain veneers, you can do either. Porcelain veneers can give you an attractive smile, even if you’re looking to correct many complaints at once: discolored teeth, chipped teeth, crooked teeth, and more can call be fixed with porcelain veneers in New City. And it only takes one relatively quick procedure.
The Power of Porcelain
Porcelain veneers are probably the most powerful procedure in cosmetic dentistry because of their ability to transform a smile. They can be used to address:
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Small teeth or poorly shaped teeth
- Tooth gaps or crooked teeth
And even more. Essentially, porcelain veneers are able to improve virtually any complaint you have about the appearance of your smile, short of missing teeth–that requires dental implants or bridges! And in many situations, porcelain veneers are better than other options for giving you the results you desire.
Why Porcelain Veneers Are Better Than Teeth Whitening
In some situations, teeth whitening is a good option for getting a white smile, but it has many limitations. Porcelain veneers overcome many of these limitations. Porcelain veneers:
- Give long-lasting whitening
- Can whiten teeth discolored from within
- Can make teeth whiter than natural enamel
Teeth whitening starts to fade as soon as it’s done. While we can maintain the whiteness level, it does take constant care.
And many teeth just won’t respond to whitening, especially if they’re stained within the teeth.
Porcelain veneers can also whiten your teeth beyond the natural shade of your enamel. Teeth whitening is limited by the color of your enamel–and its thickness. If you have thin enamel that allows your dentin to show through, teeth whitening won’t help. But porcelain veneers can.
More Beauty and Brawn Than Bonding
Dental bonding is a good way to address minor chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth, but porcelain veneers are even better. That’s because porcelain veneers can be more attractive than dental bonding–the advanced ceramic is closer in appearance to natural tooth enamel. And it’s stronger than dental bonding. Porcelain veneers can be used in situations where bonding won’t work, and it will last longer.
The biggest drawback to veneers is their cost–they’re typically much more expensive than bonding. But they’re often worth it!
Instant Orthodontics That Last
When porcelain veneers are used to straighten teeth, they’re often described as “instant orthodontics.” That’s because they can straighten your teeth in about a month, compared to the year or more it takes for traditional orthodontics.
But they have another benefit: you don’t have to wear a retainer. Porcelain veneers don’t move your teeth roots, so they don’t create instability in your teeth. If veneers are placed properly with good occlusion, your teeth won’t drift.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
Getting porcelain veneers begins with a consultation where we discuss your cosmetic goals and design your results.
Once we’ve decided on the best way to achieve your desired results, we’ll prepare your teeth to receive the porcelain veneers. This involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel. This is about half a millimeter. although the amount depends on how much your teeth are being reshaped. We’ll take impressions of your prepared smile and send these off to the lab where your custom veneers will be crafted. Then we’ll fit you with temporary veneers.
When your permanent veneers are ready, we’ll test them out to make sure the results are what you’re looking for. We may make minor adjustments, then permanently cement them to your teeth.
Porcelain Veneers Are Durable
You might think porcelain veneers are fragile, but they’re not. They’re actually many times stronger than your natural tooth enamel. This means that, with proper care, they will likely last ten years or more–most last more than twenty years!
So what does proper care mean? It means taking care of bite issues–like bruxism–that can damage veneers. It means not using your teeth as tools, not chewing on nonfood objects, and always wearing a mouthguard when playing sports. It also means taking care of your teeth–veneers need your teeth to stay healthy. We will also let you know which toothpastes might be too abrasive for your veneers.