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What is a Porcelain Veneer?
A veneer, often referred to as a dental veneer, is a custom made, very thin piece of porcelain attached to the front of your tooth to hide imperfections in the tooth’s size, shape or color. Veneers can also hide a gap between teeth. They are a popular part of smile makeovers as veneers can replace an unattractive tooth with one that matches your other teeth perfectly.
What Do Porcelain Veneers Cost?
Several factors influence your porcelain veneers cost, including the brand name of the veneer you select and how many teeth you have covered with a veneer. For an exact price, call our office to arrange a consultation with our dentist, who will go over what you would like, as well as your suitability for veneers. Veneers are an investment in yourself as an attractive smile can help you in both your personal and professional life.
Are Porcelain Veneers the Same as Porcelain Teeth?
No, when people say teeth made of porcelain, they are usually referring to a crown. A veneer is a front cover for a tooth that will not stain or discolor like a natural tooth. Porcelain crowns, which entirely cover the tooth, are typically for restoring functionality and appearance while veneers are generally purely cosmetic.
Will My Porcelain Veneer Look as Good as Those I See in Before and After Pictures Online?
Yes, veneers can transform your smile. They look and feel exactly like your other teeth, in fact, many people forget they have a veneer. You can see the drastic change in the individual’s smiles; this could be you.
How are Veneers Attached?
In the porcelain veneers procedure, dentists attach a custom made veneer to your tooth with a dental cement after ensuring that it fits properly. A small amount of enamel is removed first so the veneer fits flush with your other teeth. Having a dentist place a veneer takes two visits, usually about three weeks apart.
How Long Can I Expect My Veneers Porcelain to Last?
Your veneers should last at least a decade and often longer if you take care of them properly. Practice good oral hygiene and don’t use your teeth like a tool to open a bottle cap or a package. If you have a problem with clenching or grinding your teeth at night, our dentist can provide you with a mouth guard that will protect your veneer as well as your other teeth as well.
Are Lumineers® a Specific Type of Veneer?
Yes, Lumineers® are porcelain veneers that are very thin. The thinness of Lumineers eliminates or greatly reduces the need for our dentist to grind down the enamel on the front of your tooth. Nor would you need a temporary veneer to wear until the dental lab creates your custom Lumineer because our dentist won’t be altering your tooth in any way.
If you would like to learn more about Lumineers or traditional veneers, call our office to arrange a consultation with our porcelain veneers in Gainesville dentist.