Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are placed over teeth to achieve a desired aesthetic look. They are an excellent alternative to crowns and can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, filling spaces, correcting misalignment and creating a look that’s uniform. The technique of bonding porcelain to enamel creates a solid, secure bond. At Meadowbrook Dental Care, we are proud to service patients with porcelain veneers on Long Island. We can help you decide if this treatment is the right option for you and lead you through every step.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are discrete and are made to look like it is part of your natural teeth. However, unlike teeth, porcelain veneers are not susceptible to food and drink stains. Porcelain veneers are designed to keep your teeth intact with little alteration of your teeth in order to fit the veneers on. Porcelain veneers could also be used as quick fixes to chips, gaps or damages. Porcelain veneers are more lifelike, durable and longer lasting than other types of veneers.
Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The process of applying porcelain veneers takes place over a couple of visits. The first is a consultation, where the staff at Meadowbrook Dental Care works with you to figure out what works best for you. In order to prepare for the procedure, a thin layer of enamel on your teeth will be removed. Essentially, the porcelain veneers act as enamel. Depending on how vast the removal of the enamel will be, it might be necessary for any numbing or anesthetic. With the layer of enamel gone, we can then proceed to properly fit the veneers. The mold will be sent to a laboratory, which takes 1-2 weeks to make into porcelain veneers. The last step is bonding. Your teeth will be cleaned and etched in order for the porcelain veneers to better fit. Before bonding, the veneers can be trimmed, adjusted and painted to match your teeth. The cement used for bonding will harden with a special light that activates chemicals within the cement. Any excess bonding material will be removed, finalizing the procedure of your new porcelain veneers.
Why Porcelain Veneers Over Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are created from resin or plastic that chip easily. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite are not stain resistant and retain water, weakening the material of the veneers. While composite veneers require less adjustment of teeth enamel, there is more maintenance to come after the procedure, than porcelain veneers.
Porcelain Veneer Maintenance
A week following the procedure, we strongly recommend coming in for a follow up that will determine how your teeth and gums are responding to the veneers. There is not a lot of maintenance other than brushing and flossing regularly. Regular dental visits, like teeth cleaning, are required. This will also give us a chance to apply a specially designed polish for porcelain veneers.
For more information, please feel free to contact us at 516-272-4280. We can set up a consultation and let you know if porcelain veneers are right for you.