Top Questions About Porcelain Veneers
By Eugene D. Stanislaus on October 03, 2011
When it comes to getting the smile you have always wanted, it’s important to consider your many options for cosmetic dentistry. There are plenty of options available that can make your smile look its best, but few options are as versatile and effective as porcelain veneers. Given how popular porcelain veneers have become, the team at our Brooklyn Heights cosmetic dentistry practice think it would be a good idea to answer some of the most common questions that people have about them.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of a special dental ceramic that are adhered to the front of a patient’s teeth. When in place, the veneers will be able to mask a number of different dental imperfections, giving you a great looking smile that also looks natural.
What dental problems can porcelain veneers address?
Brooklyn porcelain veneers can effectively address minor chips on a tooth, minor cracks on a tooth, stains or discoloration on the teeth, and minor misalignment or unevenness of a tooth.
Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are people who have dental problems that are primarily cosmetic in nature and are in good general dental health overall. In some cases, alternative treatments such as Invisalign® or ZOOM!® teeth whitening will be used rather than porcelain veneers are these may be able to better address a patient’s needs.
How are porcelain veneers placed?
In order to get a porcelain veneer placed, it is necessary to remove a small amount of tooth structure from the front of the tooth. While this amount is generally about half a millimeter, it’s still important that a patient have healthy teeth so that any removal of tooth structure will have a negligible impact on overall dental health. The veneer is custom-crafted to blend in with the tooth it will be placed on while complementing the rest of your smile.
Will anyone notice them after I get them?
One of the best things about porcelain veneers is that no one will notice them once they are in place. This is because they are color-matched to your teeth, for one. In addition, they are also partially translucent, which means that light will affect them just like your regular teeth. The fact of the matter is, many celebrities you know and love have porcelain veneers in place and you have no idea.
How do I care for porcelain veneers once they are put in place?
Caring for porcelain veneers is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. When your porcelain veneers are in place, you’ll brush at least twice a day and floss every night as usual. You’ll also visit our Brooklyn Heights family and cosmetic dentistry practice twice a year for your regular check-up, same as always.
Get Answers to More of Your Questions
We know you probably have more questions regarding porcelain veneers and what they can do for your smile. We’d be more than happy to answer these questions for you in person. For more information, please visit our Brooklyn family and cosmetic dentistry practice today.
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