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December 10, 2019

How Many Porcelain Veneers Do You Need? It Depends

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Donald Marks @ 8:56 pm

Veneer being placed on a lower front toothIf you’ve been looking for a minimally-invasive procedure to achieve your dream smile, porcelain veneers in State College may be perfect. They’re typically completed in just 2 visits and can beautifully mask a multitude of cosmetic flaws. But one of the first questions people often ask is, “How many porcelain veneers will I need?” Each person is unique, so the only way to know for sure is to see a cosmetic dentist for a consultation. But after reading this blog, you’ll have a general idea of how many veneers usually work best, what kind of issues they can fix, and the many benefits they offer. Learn more below!

What Kind of Flaws Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

Porcelain veneers are thin, strong shells of porcelain that work somewhat like new siding on a house. After they’re adhered to the front surfaces of the teeth, they completely hide the imperfections underneath. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers can work for anyone who good oral health and sufficient enamel. If you have untreated cavities or gum disease, a dentist will want to address those needs first.

With that said, porcelain veneers are a perfect choice for all of the following issues:

  • Severe staining or discoloration that doesn’t respond to whitening treatments
  • Worn down or uneven teeth
  • Teeth that are chipped or cracked
  • Minor gaps and crowding
  • Abnormally shaped teeth

How Many Porcelain Veneers Will You Need?

It depends on your needs and cosmetic goals. In many cases, an even number of veneers (anywhere from 2 to 12) provides the best aesthetic results. This especially applies if you want a veneer on one of your front teeth. Since these two teeth are side-by-side, they should be mirror images of each other (otherwise even slight differences are very noticeable). Also, when a cosmetic dentist creates veneers for multiple teeth at the same time, it’s easier to make them completely identical and provide the most natural-looking result.

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers in State College allow you to drastically change the appearance of your smile in just 2 visits. But they offer many other benefits as well:

  • Minimally-invasive – Only a tiny amount of surface enamel is removed, conserving more of your natural tooth structure.
  • They look like natural teeth – Porcelain has a glossy coating that reflects light the same way enamel does.
  • Stain-resistant – This coating also helps porcelain veneers resist stain from coffee, tea, red wine, etc.
  • Strong and durable – Since porcelain is so strong, you can expect your veneers to last 10-15 years or more with proper maintenance like regular checkups and good oral hygiene habits.

After you’ve had a consultation to discuss how you’d like your smile to look, a cosmetic dentist will make the best recommendations for how many porcelain veneers you need. From there, you’ll be one step closer to having a gorgeous smile you love!

About the Author

As a general and cosmetic dentist in State College, Dr. Donald Marks enjoys combining art and science to give his patients beautiful results. With a keen eye for aesthetics and proportion, he closely evaluates each patient before customizing the perfect treatment plan for their needs. If you’re considering porcelain veneers or have any questions, he can be reached via his website.

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