Veneering a tooth means to cover its facial, or front, surface. It is actually very similar to placing acrylic fingernails on top of natural nails. Veneers are used to enhance the shape and color of teeth, as well as to close spaces between teeth. Veneers can also cover up significant stains such as those caused by tetracycline. As we age, wear of the front teeth may affect the aesthetics of our smile. Porcelain veneers may be used to lengthen worn or short teeth and restore the smile of older patients.
Direct veneers are completed in a single visit using composite or plastic material. Since indirect veneers require a dental laboratory to fabricate the final restoration, these type of veneers are placed in two separate visits. The indirect veneer can be made of either a composite material or a porcelain material. Veneers are often used in place of crowns and are more conservative and look more natural. process.
During the first visit to our New York City office, a local anesthetic is used and the teeth are reduced by approximately 0.5 mm – 2.0 mm. An impression of the teeth in this state is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the veneers. Depending on the amount of reduction necessary, a temporary veneer may be placed. Between the time of the impression and the placement of the final restoration, a patient may experience slight sensitivity to hot and cold.
At the second visit, a local anesthetic can be used for the patient’s comfort. After thoroughly cleaning and preparing the teeth, the veneers are placed with a resin material and cured, or hardened, with a special curing light.
Typically, the porcelain veneers should last about 15 years. However, with proper care and maintenance they can last longer. Porcelain veneers resist staining, reflect light, and are among the strongest and most natural looking restorations available.
Dr. Braverman specializes in porcelain veneers and has provided New York City residents with exceptional cosmetic dentistry services for years. Porcelain veneers are a beautiful and permanent solution to teeth imperfections but they aren’t for everyone. Call 212-688-3838 or click the link below to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Braverman and find out if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.