Everything You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a popular aesthetic dentistry solution that can give you a beautiful bright white smile. They are also very effective in correcting dental imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, and stains. At Knoxville Smiles at Malone and Costa Dentistry, Drs. Stephen Malone and Michael Costa are pleased to offer porcelain veneers as a way to enhance the smile. If you are located in the Knoxville, Tennessee area and have considered cosmetic dental services “near me,” it may be time to ask about porcelain veneers and what to expect. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about this reliable and desirable esthetic treatment:
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom fabricated shells of ceramic material bonded to your teeth’s front surfaces. Veneers improve the appearance of your smile while protecting your teeth from further damage. They are used in many situations when patients have imperfections near the front of the smile they want to address, such as chips, cracks, or even permanent staining.
How are Porcelain Veneers Placed?
Placement of porcelain veneers usually requires two dental visits. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth for the veneers by removing a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface. Impressions of your teeth will then be made, and temporary veneers are placed.
At your second visit, Drs. Malone or Costa will place the permanent veneers on your teeth and then adjust and polish them to achieve the desired look. You get to leave our practice with your brand-new smile that same day!
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are highly durable and last for many years with proper care. However, they are not indestructible, and you will need to take care of them just as you would your natural teeth. We encourage patients to avoid chewing on hard objects as they can break their veneers.
How Should I Care for My Porcelain Veneers?
You should always brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid chewing hard objects such as ice or hard candy, which can damage your veneers.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are considered cosmetic dentistry, so most dental insurance plans will not cover the cost. However, some dental plans may offer partial coverage for veneers to correct some dental issues such as cracked or chipped teeth.
If you are considering veneers, talk to Drs. Malone and Costa about the cost and whether your insurance will cover any expenses.
How Can I Find Out More About Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are just one of several aesthetic services available to our patients at Knoxville Smiles at Malone and Costa Dentistry. Drs. Stephen Malone and Michael Costa encourage Knoxville, Tennessee patients to learn more about veneers to determine if they are a good fit for their unique needs. Call (865) 426-1776 to request an appointment at the office located at 264 South Peters Road.
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