Veneers In The Jamesville, Dewitt and Syracuse, NY Area
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a porcelain veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking. Quality veneers are provided at our dental office in Syracuse .
Veneers are usually made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers are usually irreversible because it`s necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell.
Why Are Porcelain Veneers Effective?
Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers.
Typically, veneers entail at least three appointments: diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.
During the tooth preparation visit, usually lasting one to two hours, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Usually, about a half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. During the same visit, a mold is taken of the teeth, and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers.
Veneers are the optimal choice for correcting small to medium gaps between teeth, slight rotations of tooth misalignment, oddly shaped or chipped teeth, and for discolored teeth. On the other hand, dental veneers have their limitations, too. Veneers are unable to correct bite issues, poor tooth position, or profile issues. It is also important to note that if you have this procedure, we will typically need to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the veneer, producing much better improvements to your smile.
Bonding Your Veneers
During the final "bonding" visit, also about one or two hours, the veneers are placed on the tooth surface with water or glycerine on the teeth to check their fit and get a sense of the shade or color. While the veneers are resting on your teeth, they can be adjusted with various shades of cement to match the color of your teeth. To apply the veneer, the tooth is cleansed with specific chemicals to achieve a bond. Once a special cement is sandwiched between the veneer and tooth, a visible light beam, or laser, causes a catalyst to be released, hardening the cement.
Post Veneer Adjustments
During a two-week period of adjustment that follows, you may notice the change of size and shape in your teeth. It is important to brush and floss daily. After one or two weeks, you`ll return for a follow-up appointment. Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It`s not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.
Additional Resources on Veneers:
- No-Prep Veneers May Be An Option For Some Patients
- Are Porcelain Veneers Right For You?
- Veneers to Mask Dental Blemishes
- Questions to Ask Before Getting Veneers
- Maintenance and Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
- Veneers: An Option For Internally Stained Teeth
For certain patients, no preparation of the teeth may be necessary. Please see our specialties page for more information.
For more information on Veneers in the Syracuse, NY area,
call Dr. Karen Lawitts at (315) 492-8138 !