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Porcelain Veneers FAQ
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Porcelain veneers are a strong, long-lasting cosmetic dentistry solution that create flawless, beautiful smiles.

Veneers can make you look younger, happier, and healthier, especially when they’re customized by the experienced dentists at our dental office in Philadelphia. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers.

Are porcelain veneers right for you?

A smile makeover is powerful. When you know you look good and feel confident about your appearance, this improvement in self-worth will extend to all areas of your life – personally, professionally, romantically, and socially.

Contact Dr. Kimmie Patel or Dr. Kunal Parikh at Dentistry for Life to address all your questions about veneers, cosmetic dentistry, and smile makeovers. Especially if this porcelain veneers FAQ webpage did not answer all of your questions.

philadelphia cosmetic dentist showing Porcelain Veneers models to a patient model

What problems do porcelain veneers fix?

Porcelain veneers conceal everything you dislike about your smile in just one procedure. Instead of, for example, teeth whitening, plus porcelain crowns, plus Invisalign, you can whiten, perfect, and straighten your smile with just one correction. Veneers correct multiple aesthetic complaints simultaneously, including:

  • Chips
  • Stains and discoloration
  • Short teeth
  • Gummy smile
  • Superficial cracks
  • Worn teeth
  • Gaps
  • Misalignment

Can I design my own veneers?

Yes, you and your experienced Philadelphia cosmetic dentist will together design your veneers so they are personalized for you and you alone. The color, size, and shape – the entire appearance of the veneers – are carefully created to be flattering to your mouth, face shape, skin coloring, gender, age, and more. There is no such thing as one-size-fits-all veneers.

How long does it take to get porcelain veneers?

It usually takes only two visits to your Philadelphia cosmetic dentist to complete your porcelain veneers procedure.

The first visit involves the development of your veneers and all their unique characteristics. This is also when your teeth are prepped for the veneers. The time that elapses in between your first and second appointments is needed so the dental lab has time to customize your porcelain shields from scratch. The second and final visit is when your dentist bonds your dental veneers permanently to your teeth and you go home with a gorgeous new smile.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers are tough and stain-resistant. They can last for decades if you keep up with good oral health care.

This includes brushing and flossing daily at home and seeing your general dentist twice a year for a professional teeth-cleaning and a check-up. If you have weak natural teeth, veneers strengthen them and give your entire smile a long, beautiful life.

Will the veneers look fake?

When you consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist for your porcelain veneers, you will walk away with a smile makeover that looks completely natural. It’s important to look at your dentist’s smile gallery and ask to see for before-and-after photos of other patients who have gotten porcelain veneers.

Well-done veneers mimic the look of real teeth in size, shape, color, and translucency, the way they reflect light. Your cosmetic dentist considers multiple elements when designing your veneers, from bone structure to facial symmetry, so your smile enhancement is complementary and flawless. You’ll look like a different person with veneers – but in a good way. People won’t be able to figure out how you managed to shave years off your appearance, plump your lips, and minimize some fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth. Done well, veneers are truly transformative. There are multiple types of veneers available, including porcelain veneers, composite veneers, Lumineers, and other options.

You and your dentist will discuss all the viable materials and determine which one is right for your smile makeover, depending on your budget, comfort level, and preferences. Some veneer applications are more invasive than others – there are important elements to consider regarding every type of upgrade. The highest-quality porcelain mimics the color and translucency of natural tooth enamel in appearance and in how it reflects light, just like healthy tooth enamel. Porcelain is incredibly thin, making them easy to custom-fit over your permanent teeth.

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