Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers


Porcelain veneers for patients in Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Maryville & Troy, IL

Are you embarrassed by the look of your teeth? Wish you had taken care of your teeth better? You don’t have to suffer from a smile you hate –it’s time to call your local specialist in cosmetic dentistry to talk about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are one of the most effective ways to restore a bright, beautiful smile when teeth have been damaged, decayed or otherwise not taken care of. However, the idea of porcelain veneers is foreign to many. With that in mind, here’s some background information on veneers, what they’re used for and how they could help you. Please contact our staff for additional information about veneers.

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What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin tooth-shaped shells that fit over the front of your teeth. Constructed of porcelain, veneers are durable, strong and long-lasting – they can last up to ten years and maybe even more. Porcelain veneers must be affixed by your dentist, and it may take a few days for you to get used to yours, but they will provide the authentic look, and you’ve been missing.

Why would someone need porcelain veneers?

There is any number of reasons that someone could need porcelain veneers. From an oral injury that caused damage to tooth decay and yellow stains, porcelain veneers can help cover up a wide range of dental issues. Are you a good candidate for veneers? Schedule a complimentary consultation with our staff to determine your need for porcelain veneers.

What if I need to replace my porcelain veneers?

Eventually, you’ll have to replace your porcelain veneers. They last about ten years, but they can last longer depending on how well you take care of them. If you have to replace your veneers, the process is similar to that of receiving your veneers for the first time. First, the old veneers are removed, your teeth are cleaned, and new molds are taken and sent to a lab. Then, the veneers are made, and you schedule an appointment to have them re-affixed to your teeth.

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Maintenance of Veneers

As we stated, you must take great care of your veneers if you want them to last the full ten years and even longer. Here are a few short maintenance tips that will help your veneers last as long as possible.

• Brush twice per day
• Floss once per day
• Avoid tobacco use
• Wear face and mouth protection for sports
• Get regular dental checkups

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

• Instantly whitens your teeth
• Cover embarrassing chips and cracks in teeth
• Get rid of gaps in smile
• Provides straightening of slightly misaligned teeth