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Smile Makeovers and Porcelain Veneers in Philadelphia

If you are considering a smile makeover, you may be wondering whether porcelain veneers should be part of that makeover.

    PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- If you are considering a smile makeover, you may be wondering whether porcelain veneers should be part of that makeover. Porcelain veneers are highly flexible treatments, but they're not necessarily part of every smile makeover.

If you want to know whether porcelain veneers should be part of your makeover, you need to consider your cosmetic goals, your timing, whether porcelain veneers are right for you, and your budget.

Porcelain Veneers and Your Cosmetic Goals

Porcelain veneers are able to treat many cosmetic complaints people have about their smiles, so they might be a good part of your smile makeover if you are trying to fix teeth that are discolored, chipped, crooked, poorly shaped, or gapped. This is many different complaints, but it's not everything, and if you're only trying to correct one of these complaints, porcelain veneers may just not be the right choice for you.

You should also consider how extensive are your cosmetic goals and consider how many teeth you might want to get veneered. Practice your smiles in the mirror and see how many teeth are visible. Then try talking at your reflection and eating in the mirror to make sure you know how many teeth tend to be visible and might need to be veneered.

Timing Porcelain Veneers

In considering porcelain veneers, it's also important to make sure you have enough time to get them placed. Porcelain veneers do not involve an especially long procedure, but they do take several weeks to get fitted, manufactured, and placed, so if you are looking for results in a month or less, porcelain veneers are likely not the best option. Instead, tooth whitening for discoloration and dental bonding might be the right choice for fixing a discolored smile with a poorly shaped tooth.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for You?

Porcelain veneers are fairly durable, but they can break if subjected to significant force. If you have a poor or imbalanced bite, you might not be the best candidate for porcelain veneers. You should also consider carefully using a porcelain veneer to cover a dead, discolored tooth, since this can increase their risk of early failure as well.

Cost of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are among the most expensive procedures in all of cosmetic dentistry. Depending on the number of porcelain veneers you are looking at, the procedure may cost upwards of $12,000. You need to make sure there is enough room in your budget for porcelain veneers.

If you are considering a smile makeover in Philadelphia and want to learn more about porcelain veneers, please visit the website of Lindsey Marshall, DMD at

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