Porcelain Veneers - Lititz, PA
Transform Your Smile with Beautiful Veneers
If you’ve been living with a less than perfect smile, you may be holding yourself back personally and professionally. Make great first impressions and look and feel more confident with smile enhancing cosmetic dentistry services from Mor Smiles. Porcelain veneers in Lititz, PA are one of the most convenient and effective forms of cosmetic dentistry, and they have the ability to transform smiles in just two visits. Keep reading to learn more about how they work -- and whether or not this treatment may be right for you!
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of dental-grade porcelain that can be placed on the front surface of the teeth that show when you smile (AKA the “social six”). They are securely bonded onto the enamel to ensure that they are stable enough to withstand normal dental pressure. Veneers can be customized to look just the way you want them to -- from the color to the size and shape. That means the result is as natural looking as it is gorgeous.
Different Types of Porcelain Veneers
There is no one-size-fits-all in cosmetic dentistry, and during a cosmetic consultation, Dr. Moriarty will put together a treatment plan using the type of porcelain veneer that is best for your smile.
The two types of porcelain veneers available include:
Traditional Porcelain Veneers
Traditional veneers are placed over the course of two visits to Mor Smiles. In the first, a small amount of tooth enamel will need to be removed from the front surface of the teeth to make room for a new layer to be placed on top. You will need to wear temporary veneers to cover up the surface of the teeth in the time between visits. Because enamel has been removed, traditional veneers are irreversible -- you will always need something covering the tooth.
Minimal-prep veneers are thinner than the traditional sort -- about the width of a contact lens. Because it will not take up as much space when bonded on top of the tooth, a minimal-prep veneer can usually be placed without removing any of the tooth enamel. This means that minimal-prep veneers can often be completed in a single visit to Mor Smiles -- no need for temporaries or a follow-up visit. Furthermore, if you wish to return to your natural tooth structure later on, you can.
What Is the Procedure for Porcelain Veneers?
Once patients determine that porcelain veneers are the best option to correct their smiles, a small amount of surface enamel is removed to allow the veneer to rest in line with the natural smile. Dental x-rays, images, and bite impressions are taken following dental preparation and sent to a lab where the custom veneer is milled. Before leaving this initial appointment, patients receive a temporary veneer that is worn until the custom restoration is complete. Once we receive the final veneer, patients return to exchange the temporary for the permanent veneer. Patients experience little to no discomfort during or after the procedure, and are typically able to resume daily activities as soon as numbness wears off.
What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers offer a number of benefits for patients who wish to enhance their smiles. Some of the most considerable advantages include:
- Veneers are minimally invasive, so you will not have to undergo anesthesia or long recovery periods to undergo the procedure
- Because they cover the entire tooth structure, veneers can cover up any number of dental imperfections
- Customization allows for natural-looking and beautiful results
- Porcelain does not discolor at the same rate as tooth enamel -- so getting veneers is kind of like getting a permanent whitening treatment
- Veneers can last for decades with proper maintenance, making them a smart financial investment
When to Get Veneers
Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain that resemble egg shells. By placing them over the fronts of teeth, they conceal numerous smile irregularities while preserving the optimal amount of dental structure. Some of the common reasons patients consider porcelain veneers include:
- Chipped, cracked or broken teeth – in lieu of a full dental crown that may necessitate the removal of a large amount of healthy dental structure, porcelain veneers provide the stability needed while making smiles look great.
- Severe staining – deep-set stains caused by tetracycline medications or fluorosis are often not responsive to teeth whitening or deep bleaching. In this case, veneers may be a great option to make teeth look pearly white again, and the stain-resistant porcelain keeps teeth looking great.
- Minor orthodontic irregularities – teeth that are slightly crooked or unevenly spaced may not look perfect, but if patients don’t otherwise experience oral health concerns from misaligned teeth or bite, undergoing orthodontic treatment may seem like more trouble than it’s worth. Porcelain veneers effectively conceal aesthetic concerns while allowing patients to avoid extensive orthodontic care.
How Can Porcelain Veneers Transform My Smile?
Porcelain veneers can mask the appearance of just about any imperfection that may be affecting your front teeth. As long as the teeth are healthy and have not sustained any structural damage, the chances that you can benefit from porcelain veneers are good. Veneers can close gaps between teeth and cover up stains, chips, uneven surfaces, and more. After they have been placed, they can completely remake the appearance of your smile -- into whatever you would like it to be!
Find Out More at Mor Smiles
Dr. Sean Moriarty and his skilled dental team in Lancaster County, invite you to schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation today. If you’re interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers or any of our other cosmetic, restorative, or preventive dentistry services, contact the friendly Lititz dentistry team at Mor Smiles today.