Do you cover your mouth when you laugh or talk, dread having your picture taken, or force a tight-lipped smile to hide your teeth? If you don’t love your smile, it’s time to talk porcelain veneers. You may have considered porcelain veneers in the past, but have a preconception about veneers or unanswered questions about veneer application, the ability to achieve a natural look, or their durability. Read on to find out why Dr. Lederman believes that porcelain veneers are the best fit to fix your smile and bring back your confidence!
What Exactly are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, ultra-thin layers of ceramic similar in structure to your tooth’s enamel, and are designed to cover a myriad of common cosmetic dental issues. These issues include worn or discolored enamel caused by diet or smoking, general wear and tear like chips or cracks, and also uneven or misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers can even cover orthodontic concerns such as smile symmetry, gaps, and incorrect tooth positioning – but you’ll see results instantly versus lengthy traditional orthodontic treatments like braces.
I Want to Look Natural.
Materials used to craft veneers are matched with your existing tooth color or a color that is desirable to you in to produce a natural look. Veneers are highly personalized, so expect your dentist to take measurements and pictures of your existing teeth, smile, and bite profile to produce an image or wearable sample of what your smile will look like when your veneers are applied.
But Will They Last?
Despite their thinness, porcelain veneers are extremely durable and strong. Veneers also are resistant to stains caused by normal eating and drinking (even dark beverages like coffee, tea, or wine), and smoking. Veneers are extremely durable, but it is important to take care of them just like you would your regular teeth. This means avoiding crunching hard candy or ice, using your teeth in place of scissors, bottle openers, or other tools, and using a night guard to prevent teeth grinding or chattering.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US ZH-CN AR-SA
Porcelain veneers are an excellent option for patients who want to achieve a perfect smile and feel confident again. Call Dr. Lederman today at 516-882-1764 to schedule a consultation on porcelain veneers and bringing back your confidence!
For lots of patients considering cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance, time can be a big deterrent. Multiple visits to the dentist’s office to get impressions taken, waiting for porcelain onlays to be milled and shipped to the dentist, then another appointment for them to be placed, can seem like too much for some. Dr. Gary Lederman offers CEREC as a 1-visit alternative.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The process was first developed at the University of Zurich in 1980, with the first successful applications placed on patients in 1985.
The process begins with Dr. Lederman creating a digital 3D impression of the patient’s mouth using digital radiographs or an intraoral camera. He then used a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program to design the porcelain onlays. Once the design is complete, a special 3D printer mills the onlays to the prescribed specifications and provides them to the dentist.
The dentist then provides the finishing touches by painting it, polishing and glazing it before he cements or adhesively integrates it to the tooth. Depending on the type of ceramic material used, the onlay can be crafted in as little as fifteen minutes.
If you have questions regarding cosmetic dentistry, call us today at 516-882-1764. We would be happy to answer your questions.