A Versatile Cosmetic Solution
Because veneers are bonded directly over the front of the teeth, they can achieve many different cosmetic effects. In many cases, Drs. Eldin and Amer will use veneers to conceal minor to moderate blemishes on the surface of your teeth. These imperfections could include chips, small cracks, and stains. Veneers are especially effective if you have intrinsic stains that do not respond to teeth whitening. Veneers can also reshape your teeth, enhancing worn, irregular, or disproportionately sized teeth. Finally, your dentist may recommend veneers to mask minor misalignment or small gaps in your smile.
Creating and Placing Veneers
To apply your veneers, Dr. Eldin or Dr. Amer will reshape your teeth, removing a tiny amount of enamel. This step will help the veneers lie flat and adhere more strongly to your teeth. At New Jersey Dental Centers, we proudly use the WaterLase® laser to prepare patients' teeth. This device combines laser energy with a steady stream of water to remove hard tissue with minimal discomfort. Additionally, the device is very efficient, so we can typically complete your preparatory treatment in an hour or less.
Once all the prep work is done, your doctor will take impressions of your teeth, sending these measurements to our partner lab. We have worked with the same local institution for years, and we trust the consistent quality of their work. Thanks to their convenient location, you will typically receive your veneers in two weeks or less. When they are finished and you are completely satisfied with any minor adjustments, your dentist will use a mild solution to microetch your teeth. This will create a strong bonding surface for the porcelain. It will usually take just a few minutes for Dr. Eldin or Dr. Amer to attach the veneers to your teeth.
Caring for Your Veneers
Once your veneers are in place, you will enjoy immediate cosmetic benefits. You will not need to make any dietary changes, and you will continue to practice regular dental hygiene. With proper care, your veneers will typically last five to ten years. However, it is important that you do not place undue pressure on your teeth. Dental porcelain is very strong, but bad habits like nail biting or chewing ice could cause your veneers to crack or come off.
Are You a Candidate for Veneers?
If you are in good dental health, but want a dramatic change in the appearance of your smile, veneers may be right for you. Before recommending this treatment, Dr. Eldin or Dr. Amer will conduct a full exam. Conditions such as decay or gum disease may limit your ability to receive veneers. However, after proper treatment, veneers may still be a good option. For patients with enamel erosion, we offer more suitable alternatives, such as cosmetic bonding.
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Feeling confident in your smile is a priceless investment. Contact us to learn more about veneers and find out if they are right for you.