Beautiful Porcelain Veneers in Yonkers, New York!
Are you unhappy with the way your teeth look? Do you wish there was an easy way to get the smile you’ve always wanted? Porcelain veneers can help! Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of stain-resistant porcelain ceramic. They are bonded directly to the surface of the teeth, and have the benefit of looking very natural.
Why Would I Need Dental Veneers?
Porcelain veneers can help with many problems. They are often placed on teeth that are severely discolored, when the staining is so bad that teeth whitening methods don’t work. However, they can help patients with teeth that are noticeably short and stubby, have minor chips, are excessively worn down, are malformed or irregularly shaped, and crooked or have gaps between them.
Dental Veneers Procedure
Dr. Morrow will first want to give you a thorough oral exam. To be a good candidate for veneers, you should have good oral health in general, and you should only have minor aesthetic problems with your teeth.
You should have healthy teeth and gums and a stable bite. If you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, veneers might not be a good choice for you because this would put a lot of stress on them. If you have extensive tooth decay or an inadequate amount of tooth enamel, your dentist may recommend against veneers.
It will typically take three trips to the dentist to get veneers. After your dentist examines and X-rays your teeth to make sure they are healthy, he will want to discuss with you what you are hoping to achieve with veneers.
Then, he will start preparing your tooth for the veneer. After giving you a local anesthetic, he may trim off some enamel from the tooth. Then, he will make a model of the tooth, which will be sent to the lab that will make the veneer.
When the veneer is ready, Dr. Morrow will place it on your tooth to make sure it fits and looks right. He may need to remove the veneer, trim it and place it again, repeating the process until the veneer is just right. Once he is satisfied with the look and the fit, he will clean and polish your tooth and then etch it, a process that roughens the tooth so that it bonds better with the veneer. He will attach the veneer with a special cement, and use a special light to make the cement harden quickly. He will then remove any excess cement and make any final adjustments. Dr. Morrow may ask you to make a follow-up appointment so he can check the veneer after you’ve worn it for a few weeks.
Porcelain Veneers Pros and Cons
The No. 1 reason patients love their porcelain veneers is because they look very much like real teeth. Once they are placed, it can be impossible to tell a natural tooth from one with a veneer. The porcelain material looks very natural, and your dentist can choose a color and design that looks very similar to your other teeth.
Porcelain is stain- and scratch-resistant and is very strong and can make teeth stronger and more stable. Veneers typically last anywhere between five and 10 years, but can last as long as 20 years if they are well maintained.
Porcelain veneers are preferable to some other types of restorations. For instance, they are stronger than crowns and they require less reshaping of the tooth than crowns do and less time spent in the dental chair. And, most patients agree that the process of getting veneers is a lot less painful than other treatments. Gum tissue also tolerates porcelain very well.
Although porcelain veneers are strong, they are not as strong as natural teeth are. You need to take special care to watch what you eat. Hard foods should be avoided. You should stay away from bad habits, such as chewing on pens and crunching down on ice.
Do Dental Porcelain Veneers Require any Special Care?
Another reason patients love their veneers is that they are extremely easy to maintain! Take care of them just as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit Dr. Morrow twice a year for your regular check ups. And, even though porcelain resists stains, you should avoid foods and beverages that might stain your teeth (such as coffee, tea, blueberries, and tomato sauce). These can make the veneer look a bit dull over time, stain the tooth under the veneer, and, of course, stain your natural teeth.
If you are unhappy with your smile, porcelain veneers can help! To learn more about porcelain veneers, including the cost of veneers, in Yonkers, NY, call the office of Dr. Ira S. Morrow, DMD today, at (914) 476-4040. Our friendly staff is always ready to help!