Dental veneers are a versatile cosmetic dentistry restoration that offers quick, safe, and painless treatment. Our Media, PA dental office offers both composite and porcelain veneers are used to treat dental problems including severe tooth discoloration, chipped and cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, and crooked teeth.
Dr. Gregory Hillyard or Dr. Alexandra Monroe are trained in providing comprehensive and comfortable dental solutions. They collaborate with patients to find the best treatment options for their specific dental needs.
Composite veneers can be direct or indirect. Both types of composite veneers are made of composite resin; however, direct composite veneers are applied directly to your teeth. For indirect composition veneers, your teeth are prepped and the veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory.
You will receive a set of temporary veneers until the indirect veneers are made. At your following appointment, the indirect composite veneers are applied to the teeth with adhesive. Indirect composite veneers can resist fractures and damage to teeth. However, direct composite veneers are a more cost-effective option. The application process for composite veneers is quick and considered minimally invasive.
To place porcelain veneers, Dr. Hillyard and Dr. Monroe will need to first remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel. While this is necessary to allow your veneers to fit seamlessly into your smile we remove as little enamel as possible to ensure your teeth are not structurally impacted.
Once your teeth have been prepared, we will make a dental impression of your teeth and fit you with temporary veneers. Your dental impression will be sent to our local dental lab partners who will customize your veneers to our exact specifications. The creation of your custom-made porcelain veneers will take one to two weeks.
During this time, you will continue to wear the temporary veneers we placed during your first appointment. Once your permanent veneers have arrived at our office, you will return to have them placed.
Which Veneers Are Right For You?
Both composite and porcelain veneers are ideal options to take care of many cosmetic problems with your teeth. If you’re looking for the most cost-effective option, direct composite veneers are the way to go. While they’re a minimally invasive option and can be done quickly, they aren’t the strongest. You may be able to still see discoloration through the veneer if it’s severe enough. They also don’t last as long and are more susceptible to damage.
Indirect composite veneers and porcelain veneers both require minimal preparation for your teeth. We’ll remove as little enamel as possible, but restorations are considered permanent when the enamel is removed. Porcelain veneers are the most similar to the look of your natural teeth, able to be polished to a natural. They’re also more stain-resistant if you’re a heavy coffee drinker, or worried about other staining.
When you visit our office, we’ll do a full exam of your teeth and mouth. We’ll talk to you about your budget and oral health habits as well. With all of this information, we’ll help you decide which veneer option is the best one for your smile.
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Whether they are used alone or as part of a complete smile makeover, dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry solutions performed at our Media, Pennsylvania dental office.
To learn more about what dental veneers can do for you, please call 610.756.0649 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your needs and aesthetic goals.