It’s amazing how much a tiny chip, crack, gap, or other imperfection in your teeth can affect the appearance of your smile. When you are not happy with your smile, you may become self-conscious about it. You do not have to live with a flawed, imperfect smile. Summit Dental Care can greatly improve your smile’s appearance with porcelain veneers.
Dental Veneer Materials
The most popular material used for veneers is porcelain. This material provides incredible aesthetic benefits. Using a special shade guide, we can select a shade for your veneers that matches the color of your natural enamel. In addition to looking natural, porcelain is also fairly durable. The bite pressure at the front of your mouth is much less than the pressure at the back of your mouth, and porcelain can typically stand up to the normal forces exerted there.
A Minimally Invasive Procedure
Porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive procedure. While we do have to remove some enamel from the front portions of each tooth receiving a veneer, the amount we need to shave off is very small. We generally only need to remove about ½ a millimeter of enamel to properly fit them onto your teeth. This is much less enamel than we need to remove for dental crowns. You also won’t require as much local anesthesia. In some cases, you might not need any at all.
Alter The Appearance Of Your Teeth
Using porcelain veneers, our Twin Falls cosmetic dentists can eliminate tiny chips or cracks and completely transform the appearance of your teeth. We can also add length to short teeth or change the shape of oddly shaped teeth. Veneers can even eliminate stubborn stains that will not respond to whitening treatments, instantly whitening and brightening your smile.
An Alternative To Minor Orthodontic Issues
Gaps and overlapping are two common orthodontic issues. Even slight orthodontic issues can affect your smile. In many cases, orthodontic treatment is necessary to correct these issues. This might mean wearing braces or using Invisalign® aligners. These treatments are effective, but they may not be necessary for minor alignment issues. If your issues are small and do not impact your overall health, we can instantly improve them with porcelain veneers. Veneers can cover over gaps and slight overlapping, giving you straighter teeth in significantly less time than it would take with orthodontic treatment.
Porcelain Veneers Are Easy To Maintain
Maintaining your porcelain veneers is as simple as maintaining your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing normally are essential habits. In addition to protecting your tooth enamel from cavities, these habits help to reduce your risk for gum disease. Gum disease can lead to gum recession, which not only affects your oral health but ruins the aesthetics of your porcelain veneers as well. Brushing and flossing, along with routine dental visits, help to prevent cavities from developing along the borders of your veneers. Good oral hygiene can also help to keep your veneers bright and white. While porcelain is stain-resistant, it is not stain-proof. With good care, your veneers can last 10 to 15 years, maybe even longer.
If you are unhappy with your smile, we can help you to achieve one that you can be proud to show off. For more information on porcelain veneers and to find out if they are the right solution for you, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 733-9999 today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is getting porcelain veneers painful?
Porcelain veneers are a minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedure that should result in little to no pain. We’ll numb your teeth before placing the veneers to ensure you don’t feel a thing during the procedure. You may experience some mild discomfort at first, but this will typically fade within a few hours. Any pain that you do experience should be manageable with over-the-counter medications.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
With proper care, porcelain veneers will usually last for 7 to 15 years. If you maintain excellent oral hygiene and visit our cosmetic dentists twice a year for checkups, they may last even longer. To help your veneers last, avoid habits that are bad for your teeth such as biting your fingernails or chewing ice cubes.
Will dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an elective cosmetic procedure, so most insurance providers won’t cover them. However, you may be able to get a portion of your treatment cost covered in some cases. The amount of payment you receive will vary based on the terms of your plan. If you have any questions about your insurance, we’ll be happy to assist you.
How do I take care of my porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be maintained just like natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing. No special tools or cleaning solutions are necessary to keep them clean. As long as you keep up with your oral care at home and visit us for checkups every six months, your veneers should last for several years.