Dental One Associates of Pikesville
25 Hooks Lane, Suite 212, Pikesville, MD 21208
Are you unhappy with your smile? Porcelain veneers offer the opportunity to hide one tooth you damaged as a child or you can have a dramatically different smile with multiple veneers. Our goal is to help you get the smile you desire by helping you select the color, shape and size of your veneers that look natural, considering your facial features and coloring.
Veneers are most commonly made of porcelain although there are also composite veneers for teeth. The veneers made of porcelain are thin shells custom-made by a dental lab to fit over the front of your tooth. Porcelain very closely resembles tooth enamel, so veneers will look just like your natural teeth. Veneers mask cosmetic problems in otherwise healthy teeth by altering the tooth’s:
Color: Are yellowed or stained teeth making you look older than you feel? Veneers can hide teeth that won’t respond to teeth bleaching treatments, giving you a youthful smile. If you have an important event coming up, such as your wedding, class reunion or an important job interview, you’ll smile with self-confidence, knowing your teeth look their best.
Size and Shape: Are you embarrassed by misshapen teeth or teeth that are too small? Veneers are especially effective at changing the size or shape of your teeth and your dentist will match the color to your other teeth for a more natural appearance.
Alignment and Spacing: If you have gaps between your front teeth, veneers can hide the gaps. You might choose to have a gap between your two front teeth made smaller so you maintain your smile’s character with a less obvious gap. Veneers can also hide mild or moderate misaligned teeth. Severely misaligned teeth will still need braces.
The porcelain veneers procedure takes two visits after your initial consultation. During your first visit, your dentist will trim a thin layer of enamel off your tooth and make an impression of the tooth so the lab can fabricate your custom veneer. You may have a temporary veneer to wear until your subsequent visit. During your second visit, your dentist will make sure the veneer fits properly before cementing it in place. Certain brands of veneers don’t require your dentist to remove any enamel.
We base your porcelain veneers cost on the type of veneers you select and how many teeth you want to cover. The difficulty of the placement will also affect your cost. If you call our office in Pikesville for a consultation, your dentist will discuss your smile goals and your budget, and then explain your anticipated cost.
Both crowns and veneers improve the appearance of a tooth, but there are key differences between the two. Your dentist will suggest the appropriate restoration. Veneers are ideal for minor cosmetic enhancements, while crowns, which cover all the tooth, offer cosmetic enhancement and help keep a tooth intact by giving the tooth strength.
If you take good care of your veneers, you can expect them to last for between 10 and 20 years before they need replacing. Ask your dentist about a custom mouth guard to protect your veneers during organized sports or if you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep. Don’t use your teeth to untie knots, open bottles or chew on pens or anything else that could chip natural or porcelain teeth.
Caring for your veneers is no more difficult than caring for your other teeth. Brush and floss normally. With your new veneers, you must use a non-abrasive brand of toothpaste and a soft toothbrush. Regular dental exams are important to ensure your veneers remain in good condition. You can still have your teeth cleaned, but your hygienist most likely won’t use the gritty paste on your veneers.
Phone us at (443) 898-1231 and request a consultation. We’ll answer your questions and let you know if you’re a good candidate for veneers.