What are Teeth Veneers (porcelain laminates)?
Porcelain veneers are a type of cosmetic dentistry where thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice to give you the smile you have always dreamed of and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.
With teeth veneers as an alternative, there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, badly shaped or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these maladies, simply and quickly, to help you achieve a beautiful smile!
Dr. Steven Levy and Dr. William Kotkin, Long Island cosmetic dentists, will gladly take the time to explain the process and how their exquisite artistry can enhance your smile.
Will dental veneers look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains.
For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
With proper care, dental veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade.
Dr. Levy or Dr. Kotkin, cosmetic dentists serving Long Island, will ensure that your teeth veneers are crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are bonded with the most advanced and proven materials available.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
This procedure will require three appointments:
- Diagnosis and treatment planning
Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
You will want to take an active role in planning your smile design. Drs. Levy or Kotkin will review the corrective limitations of this procedure and help you plan your new smile. Study models (molds) may be taken of your mouth to aid in the planning.
The second appointment will take one to two hours. Although the porcelain veneer is very thin, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the added thickness. Approximately one half of a millimeter of tooth is removed. This may require little or no local anesthesia.
Then a mold is taken of the teeth and sent to the lab for fabrication. If the teeth are too unsightly a temporary veneer can be placed at this time. The veneers should be ready in approximately 4 days to one week depending upon the complexity.
At the time of your third appointment, Drs. Levy or Kotkin will first place the dental veneer on your teeth with water or glycerin to check their fit and color. At this point the color of the veneer can still be adjusted by the shade of the resin cement used to adhere it. Once the color is determined, and the veneer is ready to be applied, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Special resin cement is placed between the teeth and the veneer and a visible light beam is used to harden the resin and bond the veneer to the tooth. This appointment takes approximately one to two hours.
Care & Follow-up After Teeth Veneers
Brush and floss daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks.
Maintenance of Your New Teeth Veneers
Brush and floss teeth as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best esthetic success of your veneer.
You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after placement of your veneers. Sensitivity is totally normal and should dissipate after one to two weeks. If sensitivity persists please call the office.
If you are a known clencher or bruxer (you grind your teeth), Drs. Levy or Kotkin may recommend a night guard for you to wear to minimize stress placed upon your teeth while you sleep. This will help prevent chipping or cracking your natural teeth and veneers.
We hope that your new veneers fulfill your esthetic goal. With proper home care and scheduled visits, they are sure to provide you with a beautiful smile for years to come.
Be sure to contact our Nassau County, Long Island cosmetic dentistry practice in Merrick today for a full smile makeover. Call us at Progressive Dentistry Phone Number 516-378-8600.