It is not vain or shallow to want a nice smile that is free of damaged, stained, or missing teeth. Numerous studies have found a direct link between people's self-esteem and happiness and the aesthics of their smile. People who love their smiles tend to be more confident and just enjoy life more.
The right dentist can transform any smile. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an expert at restoring smiles with missing, damaged, stained, or chipped teeth - in fact, we do it every day! One of the services we offer to transform smiles are porcelain veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are very, very thin tooth colored shells that Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb can attach to your teeth. They are able to give you a nicer smile by covering up a number of aesthetic concerns such as:
- yellow hue
- chips and cracks
- gaps between teeth
Once bonded to your front bottom and top teeth, veneers create the appearance of a uniform, bright, beautiful smile.
Veneers vs. Crowns
Crowns cover the entire surface of a tooth while veneers only cover the front. Veneers are not as invasive as crowns, because the preparation leaves more of your original tooth intact.
We can help you decide which is best for you, but typically, if your tooth has a large filling or is very worn or cracked, a crown is likely the best option. If you're more concerned with cosmetics, a veneer may be the best option.
Porcelain vs. Composite
Porcelain veneers are far more durable and stronger than composite resin veneers. If taken care of properly, your porcelain veneers will last you 10-15 years, compared to the 5-7 year lifespan of composite. Aesthically speaking, porcelain looks much more natural and is highly resistant to staning and chipping. Meanwhile, because of its porous nature, composite veneers are more suscebtible to staning.
When it comes to cost, composite veneers cost much less than porcelain veneers. However, the quality and lifetime of porcelain makes it a much better option.
While porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to give yourself a smile makeover, there are some also great health benefits to this service. Chipped teeth may cause your bite to become misaligned over time, and lead to painful head and jaw pain.
The Bottom Line
If you are self-conscious about your smile, porcelain veneers may be a fantastic choice for you. Please contact Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville online or call (908) 221-1188 today. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb and her skilled dental team can answer your questions and revamp your smile in just a few visits. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and nearby areas in New Jersey.