Porcelain Veneers Media, PA

Dental veneers are a quick, safe, and painless cosmetic dentistry treatment. Veneers can use various materials to cover the teeth in the smile zone. Our Media, PA, dental office offers porcelain veneers to treat dental problems. Common cosmetic problems veneers treat include tooth discoloration, chipped and cracked teeth, tooth gaps, and crooked teeth. Veneers are a great option for a straighter, whiter smile that lasts years.

Dr. Gregory Hillyard and 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 needs. Dr. Hillyard and Monroe will work with you to find the right treatment for your cosmetic problems.

Porcelain Veneers Media, PA

What Can Veneers Treat?

Veneers can treat a wide range of cosmetic dental problems, including:

  • Tooth chips and cracks
  • Discolored and deeply stained teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Black triangles
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth

If you’ve tried teeth whitening treatment without the desired results, veneers may be right for you. Veneers can completely cover the teeth that show when you smile.

Which Veneers Are Right For You?

Porcelain or composite veneers are ideal for treating many cosmetic problems with teeth. Direct composite veneers are the way to go if you want the most cost-effective option. While they’re a minimally invasive option and can be done quickly, they aren’t the strongest. You may still be able to 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 fully examine your teeth, gums, and mouth. We’ll also discuss your budget and oral health habits. With this information, we’ll help you decide which veneer option is best for your smile.

Porcelain Veneers in Media, PA

To place porcelain veneers, Dr. Hillyard and Dr. Monroe must first remove a small amount of your natural tooth enamel. This is necessary to allow your veneers to fit seamlessly into your smile. At the same time, we will remove as little enamel as possible to ensure your teeth are not structurally impacted.

Once we prepare your teeth, we will take a dental impression and fit you with temporary veneers. These will help improve the appearance of your prepared teeth while you wait for your custom veneers.

Our office will send your impression to our local dental lab partners. In the lab, technicians will customize your veneers to our specifications. It can take one to two weeks for the lab to create custom-made porcelain veneers.

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 for the final placement. At this appointment, we will remove the temporary veneers and double-check the fit and color of your final veneers. Once we ensure your veneers are in the correct shape and shade, we will adhere them to your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers FAQs

Learn about porcelain veneers in our Media, PA office with answers to these patient questions:

Are dental veneers permanent or removable?

Veneers are long-lasting but removable. Our dentist can remove them in our office. We recommend removing and replacing veneers only when they chip or discolor. However, veneers may be considered permanent because the tooth preparation process involved in receiving them is irreversible.

Are porcelain veneers painful?

No. The process of getting porcelain veneers is comfortable for the patient. Due to the minimal teeth prepping necessary for this material, the dentist will only work on the enamel surface, which doesn’t hurt. However, if there is any type of discomfort, our dentist can use anesthesia to make the patient feel as relaxed as possible.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers last an average of 10 to 15 years because they are durable restorations. Strong ceramic materials for these veneers don’t break, chip, fall, or stain easily.

However, how well you care for them will greatly affect their longevity. Regularly biting down on hard foods can break your veneers before the average replacement time.

Can I replace my porcelain veneers?

Yes, our dentist can remove the old veneers and replace them with new ones. However, our dentist will only perform this procedure when needed. Due to their longevity, they do not need replacing if they don’t have fractures or chips. However, if you want to change their color or shape, our dentist can easily replace them.

Do porcelain veneers stain over time?

No, they will not stain. Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of non-porous ceramic materials. Because of this, pigments cannot enter them. Teeth are porous, which means food, drinks, and tobacco can change tooth color.

However, if you don’t have a good oral hygiene routine, plaque can build on your veneers over time, giving them a yellowish color. Nevertheless, you can correct this by brushing your teeth.

Can porcelain veneers fall off?

Yes, dental veneers can fall off. However, this is unlikely to happen. They are thin ceramic shells that bond to the front side of the teeth. The bonding agent is sensitive to saliva. Therefore, the bond to the tooth can weaken over time and completely fall off.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry solutions, used alone or as part of a complete smile makeover. We provide porcelain veneers for patients who want brighter, straighter smiles in our Media, PA, dental office.

To learn more about what veneers can do for you, please call 610.756.0649. You may also schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. Please let us know if you have more questions about the veneer process.

We look forward to meeting you and discussing your needs and cosmetic goals.