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 that are used to treat dental problems including severe tooth discoloration, chipped and cracked teeth, gaps between teeth, and crooked teeth.
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 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.
Porcelain Veneers in Media, PA
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.
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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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Are dental veneers permanent or removable?
They are not permanent and the dentist can remove the veneers. Your dentist will only remove veneers when they chip or fracture.
Are porcelain veneers painful?
No. The process of getting porcelain veneers is very 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 the dentist can use anesthesia to make the patient feel as relaxed as possible.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Porcelain veneers normally last from 10 to 15 years on average. They are very durable restorations. They are strong ceramic materials that don’t break, chip, fall or even stain easily. However, how well you care for them will greatly affect their longevity. If you eat and bite on hard foods regularly, your dental veneers can break before the average replacement time.
Can I replace my porcelain veneers?
Yes, your dentist can remove the old veneers and replace them with new ones. However, your dentist will only perform this procedure when they need to. Due to their longevity, they do not need replacing if they don’t have fractures or chips. However, if you want to change the color or shape of them, the dentist can easily replace them.
Do porcelain veneers stain over time?
No, they don’t. Porcelain veneers are thin shells. They are ceramic materials that are non-porous. This means they don’t have spaces in which the pigments can enter and reside, changing the color of the veneer. However, if you don’t have a good oral hygiene routine, plaque can build up over them and give 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, it’s very unlikely. They are thin ceramic shells that bond to the front side of the teeth. The bonding agent is porous and sensitive to saliva. Therefore, it’s possible that its bond to the tooth weakens over time and completely falls off.
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Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
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.