What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-designed ceramic shells that are designed especially for your individual dental needs. They are bonded to the front surface of your natural tooth and made from porcelain so they look and feel like your real teeth.
Veneers can be used to change the color, shape, position, and size of your teeth. These restorations have become more and more popular because of their strength, effectiveness and resistance to staining substances.
What are the benefits of choosing porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an ideal alternative to more invasive cosmetic dentistry procedures with the ability to correct the same problems. Porcelain veneers reflect light much like the way natural teeth do, so not only are they stain resistant, they are an ideal option for those who want a straighter, brighter smile without the hassle of braces.
Veneers can correct a number of cosmetic dental problems, including:
- Crooked teeth
Also, if you teeth have not responded well to tooth whitening treatments, veneers can be placed over your natural teeth for a whiter, more dazzling smile. Porcelain veneers can also strengthen your real teeth when bonded to them.
Will my porcelain veneers look like normal teeth?
When bonded to the teeth, your ultra-thin porcelain veneers are practically indistinguishable from your normal teeth. Because they are made of porcelain, our veneers are also incredibly resistant to tea, wine, coffee and even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their similarity to healthy, white tooth enamel make porcelain veneers one of the best dental restorations in today’s market.
How should I care for my porcelain veneers?
While porcelain veneers are considerably durable, they are not indestructible. To care for your veneers, you should brush and floss regularly, and use non-abrasive toothpaste with fluoride. Refrain from biting down with your veneers on hard foods like nut shells, or opening objects with them. Also try not to grind your teeth or clench your jaw. Generally speaking, if you take good care of your veneers and schedule regular checkups, your restorations can last for a decade or longer.
Who is a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
In order for porcelain veneers to be successful, your gums must be healthy. If you do have healthy gums, and suffer from any of the below conditions, veneers may be a good fit for you:
- Teeth that are too small or large
- Chipped teeth
- Badly discolored teeth
- Gaps between your teeth
- Teeth with small holes
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Teeth that are too close together
If you want to enhance the aesthetics of your smile, please contact us by calling (800) 672-8518 or filling out the form on our Aesthetic Dentistry website. Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb is an experienced and talented cosmetic dentist who will listen to your questions, help devise a treatment plan and work to provide you with the smile you have always wanted. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville serves patients from Bernardsville, Morristown, Basking Ridge, Mendham, Chester, Far Hills and surrounding areas in New Jersey.