Dental One Associates of Cross Keys
2 Village Square, Suite 250, Baltimore, MD 21210
Celebrities and public figures wear veneers for aesthetic improvements; they are not all blessed with perfect teeth. You may not want a bright white smile and that’s the beauty of veneers. You can have your dentist order veneers from the dental lab in a natural color that compliments your skin tone or you can have a dazzling Hollywood smile.
Veneers porcelain are thin, ceramic shells that mask the front of teeth to give the tooth a more pleasing appearance. Dentists cement veneers to teeth, making them a semi-permanent cosmetic solution. Veneers are custom-made to blend in and be virtually undetectable. Ask to see before and after pictures to see for yourself how veneers can completely change a smile. Using veneers, you can change a tooth’s:
Color: If teeth bleaching isn’t providing the whiteness you desire, or if you have one intrinsically stained tooth from tetracycline or trauma, veneers can provide you with the stain resistant color you want. White teeth will make you look younger and healthier.
Size and Shape: If your teeth are too short or worn down, veneers can make them look longer. They also can change the shape of your teeth, giving you rounder edges for a more feminine look or square edges for a more masculine look. Veneers can also hide chips, making you appear well-groomed. Your dentist will help you choose a tooth shape that compliments your features.
Alignment and Spacing: Porcelain veneers can hide minor alignment and spacing issues without braces. Please call our office and request a consultation; one of our dentists can analyze your teeth and determine if veneers are the appropriate treatment.
If you tell our dentist in The Village of Cross Keys what you don’t like about your smile, he or she can help you find a solution that works for you while maintaining your smile’s character.
The porcelain veneers procedure generally begins with your dentist removing a very small amount of enamel off the front of your tooth so the veneer won’t stick out and be noticeable. You’ll wear temporary veneers until the dental lab fabricates your custom permanent veneers. Your dentist cements the veneers onto your teeth and you’re ready to go back to your normal activities right away. Depending on the brand of veneers you choose, your dentist may not have to remove any enamel.
We base your porcelain veneers cost on how many veneers you need to achieve the look you want, how difficult it will be for the dentist to place the veneers and the type of veneers you select. During your consultation, your dentist will let you know your anticipated cost. Unfortunately, dental insurance rarely offers coverage for veneers.
Since porcelain crowns cover a tooth’s surface entirely, they are better for teeth that have lost some of their structural integrity. Crowns are also better for molars that need cosmetic enhancement as they can withstand chewing forces and hold traditional dental bridges. Veneers correct cosmetic issues, but since they only cover the front of a tooth, they cannot strengthen a tooth.
Veneers will last for 10 to 20 years if you take care of them. Do not use your porcelain teeth to open things, untie knots and don’t chew on pens, your fingernails or other non-edible objects. If you engage in contact sports or tend to clench or grind your teeth at night, have your dentist make a custom mouth guard for you to protect both your veneers and your natural teeth.
If you want your veneers to last as long as possible, use a soft toothbrush and one of the non-abrasive brands of toothpaste on the market, otherwise, brush and floss normally.`While porcelain is stain resistant, you still need to brush after consuming foods and beverages that stain teeth since discoloration can occur over time. You will want your veneers to look good for as long as possible. Schedule regular dental exams so your dentist can make sure your veneers remain in good condition.
If you’re interested in traditional veneers, please call our office at (443) 863-6394 to schedule a consultation. We will help you decide if veneers are an ideal permanent solution for your cosmetic issues.