Do you find yourself looking at old pictures and wishing your smile could revert to its original, flawless state? At Chestnut Hill Dental in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, you can meet that goal with dental veneers crafted by Robin Gallagher, DMD, MAES, and his expert team. Veneers can mask imperfections like tooth breakage, discoloration, and other cosmetic issues with little alteration to your natural teeth. To find out if veneers are the right choice for your cosmetic dental enhancement, call Chestnut Hill Dental, or book an appointment online today.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells that adhere to the front of your teeth and cover up damage or discoloration. They look and feel remarkably similar to your natural teeth. With veneers, you can have a smile that you can eagerly show off without feeling embarrassed.
You can get veneers for one of your teeth that stands out as being particularly unattractive or for multiple imperfect teeth. Your provider designs veneers that are created in an on-site lab to specifically match your smile. They also match the shade of whiteness to your natural teeth, so your veneers don’t look unnatural.
What are veneers made of?
The Chestnut Hill Dental team crafts each new veneer using porcelain. Not only is porcelain extremely durable and comparable to your natural tooth enamel in strength, but it also looks nearly identical to the enamel of your natural teeth.
Despite their durability, you can expect your porcelain veneers to last for 10-20 years in total if you care for them well. Once you start to see wear and tear, it’s time to come to Chestnut Hill Dental for replacements.
What can veneers cover?
Veneers can lend the illusion of a near-perfect smile, fixing a wide range of cosmetic imperfections simply by laying them over your natural teeth. At Chestnut Hill Dental, the team frequently crafts veneers to correct:
- Wide gaps between teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Heavy stains and discoloration
- Teeth with unusual shapes
- Short teeth
- Mild misalignment
If your teeth are severely misaligned or if you have oral health issues linked to tooth breakage, your provider may suggest a dental treatment that isn’t purely cosmetic, like crowns or bridges. In any case, the team makes sure you leave treatment with a bright, attractive, natural-looking smile that you’re happy to display to the world.
How should I care for my veneers?
Taking care of veneers is simple. In fact, it isn’t very different from maintaining your natural teeth. To get your veneers to last for decades at a time, you should:
- Brush them twice daily
- Floss between them
- Use non-abrasive toothpaste
- Limit staining beverages (e.g., coffee, tea, some sodas)
- Use a mouthguard if you grind your teeth
Your Chestnut Hill Dental provider will let you know if you need to take extra steps to care for your new veneers. In the unlikely event that a veneer detaches, call Chestnut Hill Dental right away for your next steps.
If your smile has seen better days, call Chestnut Hill Dental, or book your veneers consultation online today.