Porcelain Veneers Can Brighten Your Entire Appearance
Porcelain veneers are one of the most advanced and versatile procedures in cosmetic dentistry today. Not only do porcelain veneers provide bright and natural-looking smiles by concealing discoloration, but they can also mask chipped teeth, reshape and straighten teeth, and close gaps between teeth. Simply put, porcelain veneers can provide the complete smile makeover package by helping individuals achieve entirely new and beautiful smiles. Drs. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are experienced providers of porcelain dental veneers, and proudly serve patients in Brooklyn Heights and surrounding areas all across New York City.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are customized and cemented to the front surface of teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections such as cracks, discoloration, and dental misalignment within the smile. This popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can address a number of cosmetic concerns, including:
- Gapped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Teeth with worn edges
- Short and stubby teeth
- Minor to severe dental staining
- Overlapping teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Designing Your Restorations
To begin the porcelain veneers procedure, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to provide a seamless fit and precise results. It is important to note that the removal of tooth enamel makes the procedure permanent.
The next step requires a mold of your teeth to be taken. This mold is then used to craft your custom designed porcelain veneers, which are placed during your second office visit. While you await your next visit, temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth. Brooklyn Heights Dental® works with a trusted lab who will then use the impressions to fabricate your customized veneers.
Because medical-grade ceramic reflects light much like natural tooth enamel, it is the premier material used for porcelain veneers. Our dental lab will also design the veneers in such a way to resemble the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, allowing you to enjoy realistic and long-lasting results.
Placing the Veneers
During your second visit to our office, your temporary veneers will be removed and your doctor will clean your teeth. We will gently etch the surface of the teeth to encourage a strong bond. Then we will apply a specialized dental cement, attach the veneers, and complete the process by shining a curing lamp on your teeth. Any necessary refinements can also be completed during this visit.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry treatment that uses composite resin, which is color-matched to blend with the natural shade of your teeth to cover aesthetic blemishes. During the procedure, the dentist will layer and gently mold the resin over the tooth and cure it with a special light to restore the tooth’s structural integrity and reveal a beautifully transformed smile. Because dental bonding does not require enamel removal, this treatment is noninvasive and results can be achieved in just one appointment.
Because medical-grade ceramic reflects light much like natural tooth enamel, it is the premier material used for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are customized from a single block of ceramic based off of impressions taken of your smile. These thin shells fit seamlessly over the front of the affected teeth and are secured with dental cement. Veneers can generally be completed in two appointments. Our office also offers LUMINEERS® for qualified patients.
Although dental bonding is a more affordable approach to porcelain veneers, it does not provide as durable and lasting results. Unlike natural tooth enamel and composite resin, porcelain veneers are nonporous. Therefore, the foods and beverage you eat will not affect the long-term look of your veneers. Porcelain veneers should be viewed as an investment in helping you achieve a more attractive smile that can last up to 15 years or more with proper care.
Deciding if Porcelain Dental Veneers Are Right For You
At our practice, our experienced dentists will begin by speaking with you about your goals for treatment. You may have significantly stained teeth and feel that a smile makeover with porcelain veneers would allow you to feel confident about your smile again. Or you may want to reshape your teeth, either by lengthening certain teeth for a more balanced look or by closing gaps between teeth. Whatever your aesthetic goals, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid will help you fully understand the porcelain veneers procedure and the results you can expect.
Caring for Your Veneers
Caring for your porcelain veneers is much like caring for your natural teeth. To maintain long-lasting results, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing at least twice a day with proper techniques, flossing daily, and rinsing with an approved antibacterial mouthwash.
Several tips and habits can extend the longevity of your veneers:
- Avoid biting your nails
- Do not chew on ice, pen caps, or hard candies
- Avoid opening anything with your teeth
- Avoid smoking and using tobacco products
- Minimize your consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, and other stain-producing foods; although the porcelain is nonporous, the dental cement that secures the veneer can absorb foods and stain the edge of the tooth
- Avoid sugary and starchy foods and maintain a healthy diet
In addition, it is important to visit your doctor for routine check-ups every six months so we can carefully monitor your veneers for any changes. He will also watch for the development of bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching), tooth decay, and gum disease – all known to cause early wear and tear on your veneers and affect the underlying tooth structure. Once the natural tooth is damaged in any way, it is no longer capable of supporting the veneers. With early detection, we can treat these conditions in order to maintain your veneers and overall oral health.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Consultation
A bright, beautiful smile can have a dramatic impact on your confidence and quality of life. If you would like to speak with our cosmetic dentists about porcelain dental veneers or other types of cosmetic dentistry, please contact Brooklyn Height Dental online or call (877) 978-1050.
"I've been very happy with my experiences at Dr. Stanislaus's office, and highly recommend him to anyone in the New York City area. He and his staff go above and beyond to do the best job possible."-R.B. (Patient)