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If your smile isn’t as attractive as you’d like it to be due to chipped, discolored, or misaligned teeth, then veneers might help to restore your self-confidence and your smile. Small irregularities or discoloration of teeth can be covered by a porcelain veneer, resulting in beautifully white, even teeth. If you’re interested in getting porcelain veneers in Baltimore, call our dental office today and schedule a consultation. Your dentist will help you decide the best treatment option for you so that you have a smile that you want to show off. Schedule a consultation for veneers today.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
A veneer is comprised of several thin layers of dental porcelain that function and appear like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain teeth adhere to the surface of your teeth and correct minor structural and aesthetic issues in teeth that are healthy in all other respects. Veneers can correct issues such as:
Size and shape: A chipped tooth can make you very self-conscious during an important event such as a wedding, job interview, or family gathering. Veneers fit so well that only you and your dentist will know that they’re not your natural teeth. If your teeth are too short due to bruxism, veneers can provide the additional length you need. They can also correct minor aesthetic issues regarding shape.
Tooth color: Lifestyle habits and some types of food and drinks can cause your teeth to become discolored or dingy, and whiteners may not have been effective for you. Veneers can provide the whiter teeth you want.
Alignment and spacing: If you have small gaps between your teeth and are reluctant to wear braces, then veneers can correct the spacing and provide you with evenly spaced, white teeth. Veneers can also correct minor alignment issues with your teeth.
During your consultation, your dentist will assess your needs and discuss the options that are available. You’ll also be provided with a porcelain veneers cost estimate so that you’ll know what to expect. We want our patients to have the dental care they need, so ask about our financing options if budgetary constraints are an issue.
If veneers are right for you, your dentist will make a mold of your teeth so that your veneers will have the best fit possible. Occasionally, you might need less than 1mm of surface enamel removed, depending on the type and brand of veneers you select. This is a painless procedure and it will ensure that your veneers fit snugly onto your teeth. When a veneer is properly applied, it won’t move or stain and it will look the same as your natural teeth. If you have questions about the porcelain veneers procedure or how much porcelain veneers cost, call our Baltimore office today and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.
Is a Porcelain Veneer Different Than a Crown?
Just like a crown or filling, a veneer is a permanent installation, and both crowns and veneers are made of the same veneers porcelain material. They both adhere to the surface of the tooth and can improve both the color and shape of the teeth. The main difference is that a crown covers the entire tooth, while a veneer is applied to the front surface only.
If you’ve lost structure in your teeth due to bruxism, age, trauma or decay, then a crown is probably your best option. Since a crown covers the entire tooth, it provides additional structural support to the teeth and jaw. Porcelain crowns are also recommended for molars and back teeth due to the additional structural stability needed for chewing.
How Long Should I Expect Veneers to Last?
Veneers should last for decades unless they’re damaged by trauma. They need the same care that your natural teeth need, so be sure to brush and floss at least daily and don’t use your teeth as a bottle or bag opener. If you want more information on veneers, call our Baltimore office and we’ll be glad to answer all your questions.
What Type of Maintenance Do Veneers Require?
Veneers require the same maintenance as your natural teeth. They should be brushed and flossed at least once daily and if you grind your teeth, you might consider a night guard that will protect your veneers. If you have veneers on your teeth, exercise caution when biting into hard foods such as candied apples. Call us in Baltimore if you have more questions on your veneers.
Where Can I Get a Consultation for Veneers in Baltimore?
If you’re contemplating the feasibility of veneers for your teeth, then call our Baltimore office and let us help you. We’ll gladly answer all your questions and schedule an initial consultation with a dentist. We look forward to hearing from you, so call us today at (410) 775-5536.