For decades, dentists have been using veneers to improve the appearance of patients’ teeth and address aesthetic flaws. Your cosmetic dentists in Sciota can use beautiful porcelain veneers to address chips, cracks, small fractures, areas of discoloration or to conceal an unwanted gap between teeth. Are you considering veneers to transform your smile? Today on the blog, we review what you need to know before getting veneers in Sciota.
How veneers work
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell designed to bond to the front of teeth. Veneers can be placed on a single tooth or multiple teeth. We can customize your veneers to match the shade of your other natural teeth, or place veneers on all the visible tooth surfaces in your mouth to permanently brighten your smile, as an alternative to a teeth whitening procedure, the effects of which will fade over time.
The veneer process
Our veneer process in Sciota begins with a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists. At this meeting, he will determine you are a good candidate for the procedure. The process itself begins by removing a small area off the front of the treated teeth–just enough for the veneers to make a flush bond. Next, we take digital scans of the teeth being treated. These scans serve as a model for the fabrication of your veneers. In certain cases, we can make your veneers on site using our CAD/CAM technology and the entire process can be completed in a single visit. Or, your impressions will be sent to our off-site dental laboratory, which will produce the veneers. In the latter scenario, we will place a temporary restoration on the treated teeth and you return approximately two weeks later to have your new veneers placed.
How to care for your veneers
If you experience any discomfort after the procedure, this can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Otherwise, care for your veneers by brushing and flossing them the same way you would your natural teeth. Also, make sure to maintain a regular schedule of dental appointments every six months. And refrain from using your teeth as tools – yes, that includes chewing pieces of ice. With proper care, your veneers can last up to 20 years!
What to expect financially
Porcelain veneers have a higher up-front cost compared to some other treatment options in cosmetic dentistry. However, because of the high quality of the dental porcelain and the long-lasting results, we think that veneers are worth the price when you consider the long-term benefits of veneers. If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover a portion of a veneer procedure, or none of the procedure. If you want to get veneers in Sciota, we will review the entire expected cost of the procedure at your consultation before any of the work begins.
Are veneers right for me?
While veneers are minimally invasive and incredibly versatile, they are not right for everyone. Certain conditions can preclude you from receiving veneers.
These conditions include:
- Significant structural damage to the tooth or teeth
- Bruxism – also known as habitual grinding or clenching of teeth
- A crossbite
- An underbite
- Gum disease
- Severe crowding in the mouth
- Poor oral hygiene
- An excessive amount of cavities
Porcelain veneers in Sciota, Pennsylvania
The best way to know for sure if you can receive veneers is to schedule a consultation with your dentist in Sciota. To make that initial appointment, call (570) 402-4001 or visit us online to schedule a consultation.