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If the appearance of your teeth has eroded your self-confidence because they’re chipped, discolored or stained, then porcelain veneers may be the solution to your dental issues. Aesthetically unappealing teeth can cause you to smile less and to have lower self-esteem, so if you have this problem and want to fix it, then call us and ask about porcelain veneers in our Gilbert office.
What Is a Porcelain Veneer?
Veneers are comprised of many thin layers of dental porcelain that look and function like your natural tooth enamel. Veneers adhere to the surface of the tooth and they’re excellent for correcting aesthetic issues with otherwise healthy teeth. Issues that respond well to veneers include:
- Size and shape: If you have a chipped tooth, you can feel unsophisticated and gauche. This is especially important when you’re in a job interview or for a major event such as a wedding, but if your teeth are covered by veneers, the only ones who will know that they’re veneers are you and your dentist. Whether you think your teeth are too short or too long, veneers can help you.
- Tooth color: Using tobacco, drinking coffee or tea, the effects of aging, and the use of some prescription medications can all adversely impact the color of your once-gleamingly-white teeth. Veneers can compensate for all of these adverse events and provide you with beautiful, white teeth. You can match your natural shade or select a lighter shade. Since veneers are available in a range of colors, the choice is yours.
- Alignment and spacing: Veneers can correct minor gaps in your teeth and make you proud to smile once again. If you have minor misalignments, veneers can fix them without the need for braces.
During your initial visit to our Gilbert office, your dentist will evaluate your teeth and your objectives to make sure that veneers are a good option for you. If not, then we’ll suggest alternatives that will provide you with the beautiful teeth that you want. The dentist will also go over the porcelain veneers cost. The porcelain veneers procedure is unique to each patient, so your porcelain veneers cost will be unique to you. It will be determined by a combination of factors that include the brand you select, the number of teeth involved, any additional dental procedures you need, and your insurance coverage. We’ll provide you with an estimate during your consultation so that you’ll know what to expect.
If veneers are a good option for you, then we’ll take an impression of your teeth so that your veneers fit well. We may need to remove up to 1mm of your tooth enamel, but this is a painless procedure. We’ll affix the veneers porcelain to your teeth, which is also a painless procedure, and once the veneers are in place, they won’t slip or move around, and you needn’t worry about staining them. Your porcelain teeth will look and function like your natural teeth.
Is a Crown a Type of Veneer?
Although porcelain crowns and veneers are made from the same material, they serve two entirely different functions. Veneers are used strictly for aesthetic enhancement of healthy teeth, they provide no structural support to your teeth and they’re applied only to the front of the teeth. Crowns, on the other hand, are used for functional purposes to restore the use of teeth that have been badly damaged due to decay, disease, or trauma. Crowns cover the entire surface of the teeth and are often referred to as caps because they cap the entire tooth. Crowns are particularly useful for strengthening molars and other rear teeth that need additional bite strength and chewing power.
Do Veneers Need Frequent Replacing?
Once installed, and with proper care, veneers should last for decades or a lifetime. Veneers need the same good oral hygiene practices that your natural teeth need, and the same common-sense precautions of not using your teeth to open bottles or bags and taking care when biting into hard substances.
Are Lumineers® a High-quality Brand of Veneers?
Lumineers® is a brand of veneers that’s very thin, very translucent, and very durable. Many patients report that their Lumineers last for decades. Since they’re so thin, they require little or no removal of your tooth enamel, which makes them very popular. Although they may be more costly initially, their longevity may make them more cost-effective over time. If you have more questions about this brand or any others, call our office for porcelain veneers in Gilbert office and we’ll be happy to answer them.
Do Veneers Need to Be Maintained?
Veneers require the same good oral hygiene regimen that your natural teeth need. Regular brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups will help maintain your veneers in like-new condition. If you grind your teeth when you sleep, ask your dentist about a bruxism mouthguard so that you can protect your veneers when you’re asleep.
Who Provides Lumineers in Gilbert?
If you’re looking for porcelain veneers, call our Gilbert office at (480) 359-3162 and we can help you. We want you to be pleased with your results. Call us today, we look forward to speaking with you and working with you.