There are now more ways than ever to improve the appearance of our teeth and obtain greater confidence in our smile. One cosmetic dentistry treatment that is gaining in popularity and offers patients a simple, straightforward smile transformation is porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, custom-designed shells that look very much like human fingernails but are created to fit onto the outer enamel of the teeth. Their purpose is to cover the outward faces of teeth so that any imperfections are covered. In addition to hiding stains, cracks and other cosmetic damage beneath them, they can also be used to add thickness and/or height to undersized teeth and to close small gaps that have developed between the teeth.
Whether you need one porcelain veneer or a complete set, they will be personally designed for your specific teeth. To do this, images and impressions are taken. Since they are created from porcelain, they can also be glazed in a shade to match or improve your existing tooth color. This means that they blend in seamlessly with your smile.
The process to fit porcelain veneers is very simple. However, the preparation is also permanent and so once a patient has had a veneer fitted to a specific tooth, they will always require one.
Porcelain veneers usually require two appointments at our offices. During the first, the images and impressions of your teeth will be taken, and we will decide on the color of your new veneers. You will then be scheduled an appointment to return to us once they have been made so that they can be fitted.
During the second appointment, your teeth that are having veneers will be prepared. This involves using a local anesthetic and a file to remove some of the natural enamel of the teeth and is necessary so that your veneer will sit flat and not cause the tooth to look abnormally thick or odd. Once this has happened, your custom-designed veneers will be applied individually, using special, permanent adhesive to secure them. This completes the process.
There are a variety of advantages to choosing porcelain veneers for your smile makeover. These include the following:
A discreet and natural appearance. Since you can choose their shade, you can ensure that any veneers you have blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
They are easy to maintain. You can brush porcelain veneers just like you would the natural enamel of your teeth.
They are a superb alternative to teeth whitening.
They are stain-resistant, helping your smile to look clean, fresh and attractive for longer.
The process is minimally invasive, and aside from a little sensitivity, there are virtually no side effects from the process.
Strengthen your teeth. Despite their fragile appearance, porcelain veneers are very strong and can reinforce your teeth against damage.
You can address a variety of cosmetic issues with the appearance of your smile in one go.
They are long-lasting and require virtually no maintenance other than your regular dental check-ups.
Patients who choose veneers enjoy greater confidence in their smile and this can have positive effects on various areas of their life.
If porcelain veneers sound like they may be a solution for your cosmetic dental concerns, please speak to Steven H. Brennen DMD in Staten Island, NY today so that our team can arrange an appointment for you to come in and discuss your candidacy. Call our Staten Island. NY clinic on (718) 285-7388.