Do you have deep tooth stains? Are your crooked teeth impacting the aesthetic of your smile? Receive cosmetic dental treatment with porcelain veneers in Ardmore, PA. Dr. Jeffrey Bellisario is a cosmetic dentist who works with patients to meet their oral health goals. He considers each patient’s medical and dental history to create the right solution for their current needs.
At the Office of Dr. Bellisario, our dentists use dental veneers crafted from high-quality porcelain ceramic. Because porcelain ceramic reflects light, they easily blend in with the look of natural teeth. Dental veneers create brighter, straighter teeth and a more uniform smile. They are also extremely durable.
Treatment with Porcelain Veneers
Dr. Bellisario first takes impressions of the teeth used to fabricate custom veneers. The dental veneers are color-matched to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Veneers are made of high-quality porcelain ceramic material. They are also matched to your natural teeth’ exact shape and size. To prepare teeth for porcelain veneers, Dr. Bellisario etches into the enamel and uses a liquid conditioner to roughen the tooth’s surface.
This ensures that the veneers do not feel bulky in the mouth and properly conform to the teeth. Then, Dr. Bellisario will apply resin to each tooth. Once he determines that the veneers are the correct shape and color, he will use a curing light to bond the veneers. Finally, he will polish the dental veneers for a high shine.
Veneers are considered to be a permanent restoration. With a proper at-home oral care routine, veneers can last ten to twenty years. We also recommend that patients schedule regular dental cleanings and examinations so that we can ensure that their veneers and overall oral health are aging well and healthy.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
While veneers are more invasive than dental bonding, they’re much less invasive than dental crowns. Usually, we only need to remove around a millimeter of tooth structure. Since it’s a more conservative option, you retain much of the strength of your natural tooth structure and the added strength of the dental porcelain.
The material we use for veneers is extremely durable and stain-resistant. They can last from 10-15 years, taking on the jobs of everyday chewing and use. Even when consuming staining foods and drinks, dental porcelain can withstand staining. They also don’t wear down as much over time as natural tooth structures. Acid and bacteria don’t have as much of an impact on man-made material.
The surface of porcelain veneers is more slick and polished than your natural teeth. It’s resistant to plaque buildup and isn’t a porous surface like natural teeth. Maintaining your oral health becomes easier if you’re brushing and flossing regularly. Veneers can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease because they’re easier to keep clean.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Treat?
Porcelain veneers are so popular because they can treat almost any cosmetic dental issue you can think of. When you have discolored teeth, professional teeth whitening is usually the solution. But some kinds of discoloration don’t respond to traditional whitening techniques. Veneers can be another option. We color-match veneers so that they’re the shade of white you desire.
Over time, our teeth wear down with everyday use. We’re likely to experience small chips and cracks over time as well. Worn-down teeth can make you look older than you really are. Veneers can help take years off your smile by restoring the original fullness and shape of your teeth. They conceal mild imperfections because a veneer covers the front and sides of the tooth. You get a more youthful appearance.
With mild gaps and crookedness in your teeth, orthodontic intervention may not be necessary. We make each porcelain veneer custom to blend into your smile. The size and shape can be tweaked to cover these small gaps and give you a more even smile. We can harmonize your smile by making the teeth the same shape and size, improving symmetry. Veneers help your self-confidence so you can put your best smile forward.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Do you want to learn more about porcelain veneers? Continue reading to find answers to common questions about this cosmetic restoration:
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Dental veneers can last many years and last a lifetime with the right care. To maintain your veneers, continue to brush and floss twice a day. We do not recommend dental veneers for patients who clench and grind their teeth, as these habits can damage the veneer. Porcelain ceramic is a strong material but can still be damaged, similar to natural tooth enamel.
How much are porcelain veneers?
The cost of your veneers will depend on the material of the veneers as well as how many you need to meet your cosmetic goals. Most porcelain veneer procedures are not covered by dental insurance. However, we can provide financing options for our qualified patients.
Do I need veneers or dental bonding treatment?
Dental veneers and tooth bonding treatment are similar cosmetic options for patients who want to improve their smiles. Porcelain veneers typically last longer than bonded teeth. Alternatively, dental bonding provides a more economical option for patients. We often recommend dental bonding for patients with smaller imperfections, including chips or breaks in the tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are often used for multiple teeth to improve the smile’s overall appearance.
Contact Our Dental Office
Do you want to discuss your veneer options? Call the Office of Dr. Bellisario for treatment today at (610) 839-8967 or request a dental consultation with our dental online.