Cosmetic Porcelain Dental Veneers Can Brighten Anyone's Smile

May 02, 2019, 3V Dental Associates

porcelain veneers by 3v Dental Associates of Port Washington New York
porcelain veneers by 3v Dental Associates of Port Washington New York
Are you looking for ways to quickly, whiten, brighten and improve the appearance of your smile? If you answered yes, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers, which are thin wafers of tooth-colored porcelain that are affixed to your front teeth.

How Porcelain Veneers Can Improve Your Smile

Porcelain veneers are an economical and permanent way to improve the appearance of your smile, especially if teeth whitening treatments haven’t given you the bright, white smile you desire. This is because the wafers are custom colored and fitted to each tooth in order to give you the smile you desire. Depending on the type of veneer, they tend to cost between $800 and $2,000 per tooth. However, it's important to not that because this is most likely considered a cosmetic dental procedure, they will most likely not be covered by you insurance.

The Advantage of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelaine veneers can give you an advantage when it comes to correcting minor imperfections with your teeth quickly. This is because it’s faster than teeth whitening procedures and teeth straightening procedures that correct gaps.

 

  • Immediately improves the appearance of your teeth
  • Can be used to protect teeth that have enamel damage
  • Can fix small cracks and chips
  • Can resolve small or uneven gaps between teeth
  • Designed to last between 10 and 15 years
  • Can be used with teeth whitening treatments
  • Things to Consider Before Getting Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s important to weigh all the pros and cons of getting dental veneers and to get all your questions answered by our Port Washington dental team before the procedure. Some considerations you should think about prior to getting this cosmetic procedure include:

 

  • They can increase tooth sensitivity temporarily
  • They should not be removed
  • Cracked, missing or damaged porcelain wafers should be replaced
  • The cost may be considered high when compared to other teeth whitening and straightening procedures

3V Dental of Port Washington, NY Veneers Process

The process of getting veneers is relatively simple. Our dentist will examine your mouth and teeth and create digital images and impressions of each tooth that is to receive a veneer. The impressions and images are sent to a dental laboratory where they are custom created for your teeth. Once our dentist has your veneers, we will schedule a second appointment in order to bond them to the fronts of your teeth. It’s important to understand that only the front teeth or the teeth that are visible when you open your mouth or smile get the wafers. It is not advisable to put them on the back teeth. However, your back teeth can be whitened.

During the second appointment, a small amount of enamel is removed from your teeth in order to roughen the surface and help ensure a proper bond between the porcelain and your tooth. Then, dental adhesive is used to bond the thin wafers to your teeth. If any wafer needs to be trimmed, our dentist will carefully file it in order to ensure it looks and feel good on your tooth. Once all the wafers are placed, a blue light is shined into your mouth to increase the speed of the curing process.

Caring for Your New Bonded Porcelain Wafers

Once the procedure is complete, you can care for them in exactly the same way as your normal teeth, which means brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Since the process of installing your porcelain wafers involves bonding them tightly to your teeth, they are permanent and normal brushing and flossing, even with an electric toothbrush, won’t damage them. You can also use mouthwash as normal.

 

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