Porcelain Veneers from Dental Health Associates of Madison
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If you’ve tried whitening toothpaste, tooth strips and bleaching, but nothing has made much of an improvement, veneers may be the solution you’ve been seeking. Dental Health Associates of Madison has brightened hundreds of smiles with veneers, and we’d love to help transform yours, too.
You’ve probably heard a lot about veneers already, but you probably have a lot of questions. We’ll cover the most frequently asked ones here. If you still have questions, feel free to get in touch with us.
What Are Veneers?
Most veneers are thin porcelain shells custom made to fit over your own teeth. They can be made with any degree of whiteness to match nearby teeth. The veneer is bonded to your tooth and, with proper care, will remain securely in place for decades. Unlike bonding and bleaching, porcelain veneers won’t stain.
There are other veneers, known as ultra-thin veneers, which require no preparation of the tooth. While these veneers are more easily applied, there are drawbacks. They don’t have as natural an appearance as porcelain veneers, they increase the size of the tooth (often uncomfortably so), and are more prone to breakage. For best results, we recommend porcelain veneers.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of your teeth, but they’re not for everyone. If you have unhealthy teeth, gum disease, or poor-quality enamel, we advise against getting veneers. Also, if you grind your teeth in your sleep (bruxism) or have a malocclusion, veneers aren’t for you. There’s just too great a chance the clenching and grinding will break off the veneers.
Veneers can work wonders for misshapen teeth or teeth with gaps between them, but they can’t fix crooked or decayed teeth. It’s important to realize that since veneers are fitted over natural teeth, the underlying tooth is still susceptible to decay. Keep in mind, too, that fitting veneers involves removing a thin layer of enamel (about half a millimeter) to enable a strong bond between the veneer and the tooth. Once this is done, you can’t have the veneers removed.
Are Veneers Permanent?
The quality of the porcelain used in modern veneers is remarkable, and they can easily last 20 years or more. A lot depends on how well you take care of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can become worn down, chipped or broken after years of wear and tear, which will require a new veneer being fitted. We advise our patients to not bite down on hard foods, ice, or inedible objects.
Is it Painful to Have Veneers Put On?
Having the veneers bonded to your teeth doesn’t hurt at all, it’s the prep work before this step that can hurt. Because it’s necessary to grind down the front surface of the teeth getting veneers, we use a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. After the procedure, your teeth and gums will probably feel sore for a few hours. Usually, an over-the-counter pain reliever is all that’s needed.
Are Veneers Covered by Dental Insurance?
If you’re getting veneers solely for cosmetic purposes, it’s unlikely your insurance will cover anything. If the veneers are recommended to address a problem, like a misaligned bite, your insurance will likely cover the work. Best advice is to check with your insurance company after an initial consultation with one of our dentists.
If your insurance doesn’t cover the cost of veneers, our Financial Coordinator can recommend ways to make the work more affordable. In cases where only one or two teeth need veneers, most patients find the cost manageable. If you’re looking to have veneers put on all your teeth, it can be quite expensive.
Where Is the Best Place to Get Veneers in Madison?
Dental Health Associates, of course! Our dentists have helped thousands of patients transform their smiles with porcelain veneers, and our clinic has been recognized in Madison Magazine’s Top Dentists listing. You can also check out the hundreds of positive reviews left by our patients on Google or our Facebook page.
About Dental Health Associates
In 1969, five visionary Madison dentists saw a need for a dental practice offering a complete range of dental services in one location and banded together to form Dental Associates of Madison. Besides the convenience of one-stop dental care, these dentists realized peer review and shared consultation would improve the quality of dental care.
Today, Dental Associates has 30 dentists and a support staff of over 250 serving the Madison area at 7 locations. Although much larger, we remain committed to our founders’ goal of providing the highest quality dental care in the area.