Creating Beautiful Smiles With Veneers
Teeth are like fingerprints — every person is different. And without exception, there aren’t any perfect teeth out there. Most people have some cosmetics defects: chips, stains, gaps between teeth, uneven teeth, etc. Fixing these issues can be very involved, but another option simply makes the teeth cosmetically beautiful — dental veneers. Gentle Dental Care delivers our Edison, Metuchen & South Plainfield, New Jersey patients with the highest standard of dental care.
What Are Dental Veneers?
A veneer is a very thin, shell-like layer of dental material that is bonded over the tooth’s surface to cover any surface damage and to improve the appearance of the tooth. At Gentle Dental, we use veneers to mask imperfections and give the patient a beautiful smile. Veneers can improve the appearance of a single tooth, or they can be used on all the visible teeth. Our dentists are able to change the color, shape, length, and size of the veneer depending on the structure of the patient’s natural tooth. If the patient has any existing tooth damage, this is a proven way of protecting the tooth and preventing any further damage to it. When getting veneers, a patient can choose between getting a composite veneer or a porcelain veneer. Gentle Dental Care also gives patients the option of having the veneer fabricated directly in the mouth or having it done at a dental laboratory.
What Is The Dental Veneer Procedure Like?
Placing dental veneers onto your teeth requires two visits to Gentle Dental Care in our office in Edison, NJ. During the first visit, we prepare your teeth for the dental veneers. That process starts with your dentist taking impressions of your mouth, ordering dental x-rays to fully evaluate your oral structures, and creating a personalized treatment plan to address each patient’s specific problems.
Next, an anesthetic to numb the area is applied and we remove about ½ millimeter of the tooth’s enamel to make room for the Dental veneer. A model of your tooth will be made and is sent to the technician who will fabricate your dental veneer at the dental laboratory. While waiting for your dental veneer to be finished, your dentist will provide you with temporary dental veneers that you can use.
Once your dental veneer arrives from the dental laboratory, your dentist will call you in to have this bonded to your tooth. To prepare the veneer for bonding, Gentle Dental’s dentists will first check if the colors of the dental veneer and your tooth match. We also see if there is any need to make adjustments in the shape and size of the veneer. The tooth is then polished and etched to make sure that a secure bond is achieved, and cement is applied to the veneer before placing it on the tooth. Once it is put in place, curing light will be used to stimulate the binding chemicals in the cement to harden. This creates a stronger bond between the tooth surface and the veneer. Once the dentist is sure that the veneer is secure, they will make final adjustments on the appearance if necessary.
Why Should I Choose To Have Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers can dramatically change your smile. Gentle Dental Care experts apply dental veneers on our patients to cover the following types of imperfections:
- Small gaps between teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Minor fractures
- Heavily stained or discolored teeth
See What Our Patients Are Saying!
“I had veneers done right before my wedding, so I looked gorgeous in the pictures. These changed the shape, color, and appearance of my teeth. I do not need to have braces again, I was able to whiten them, and my teeth were too sensitive to bleach. I love smiling again.” – Cheryl S 10-31-05
What Should I Expect From Getting Dental Veneers?
The end result of getting a dental veneer is achieving an aesthetically pleasing appearance that closely mimics the look and feel of natural teeth. For most patients, it will be like the damage never existed, and the dental veneer may even look better than the patient’s normal tooth. Choosing to get porcelain veneers is also a benefit since the gum tolerates porcelain very well. Therefore, getting veneers not only restores the tooth but is also an effective preventative measure that maintains good dental health.
What Will My Veneers Be Like?
After receiving your dental veneers, you will have flawless teeth for everyone to see. All of the minor flaws will be covered and your teeth will be uniformly shaped, uniformly white, and beautiful. Dental veneers usually last around 10 years, at which time they can be replaced with a new set for the next decade. The longevity of your dental veneers depends heavily on your home hygiene.
Do Veneers Stain Like Natural Teeth?
Unlike your natural teeth, dental veneers are resistant to tooth staining and discoloration. Avoid whitening toothpaste, as their abrasive formula can dull veneers.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
We will discuss the cost of your dental veneers when you are first contemplating the procedure. Costs vary between porcelain and composite veneers; prices are calculated by the number of teeth to be covered. For questions on financing, please call 732.549.5660.
Dental Veneers Vs. Dental Implants
These are really wholly different procedures. Dental veneers are strictly cosmetic applications for your teeth. They are placed on the front sides of the teeth and they correct cosmetic issues such as staining, chips, misshapen teeth, and the like. Porcelain veneers can last around 10-20 years. Composite veneers for around 10 years.
Dental implants replace a missing tooth or a tooth that had to be extracted due to problems such as excessive decay or deep cracks. Implants are named for the screw-shaped titanium “implant” that anchors the prosthetic. The implant is screwed down into the jawbone in the hole formerly occupied by the natural tooth root. Because the human body accepts titanium, the jawbone then grows around the implant and makes it a part of the bone. This takes a few months. Once this has occurred, a post is attached to the implant, and an artificial tooth is attached to the post. The dental implant now feels and functions just as a normal tooth does. Dental implants usually will last the remainder of the patient’s life.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Veneers?
At Gentle Dental we place dental veneers to cover a variety of cosmetic flaws. We use veneers for:
- Revitalizing the surface of a tooth
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained, discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or wear
- Providing an alternative to orthodontic work
But you do need to remember that porcelain veneers are only a cosmetic solution and are applied to healthy teeth. Issues such as decay or gum disease must be taken care of before dental veneers are applied. Veneers simply cover cosmetic problems.
How Can I Prepare for My Dental Veneers Procedure?
Preparing ahead of time for your dental veneers procedure can make the entire process easier and simpler. Before getting veneers put in, most patients will need to undergo a deep cleaning of their teeth. It’s also essential that patients do not have ongoing oral or health conditions that may make their recovery from the procedure difficult. If you are oral health is in good condition, a simple cleaning is all the preparation you need before your procedure. However, if you have certain dental issues to address, such as cavities or gum disease, these may need to be resolved before getting veneers.
Are There Risks To Getting Veneers?
This is a very low-risk procedure. Because the dental veneers are placed onto the front side of the teeth, nothing comes in contact with the gums or the tooth interior, so infection isn’t a possibility. Most patients don’t even require local anesthetic when we shave down the front sides of their teeth that are to receive dental veneers, although it is available.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers, due to the durability of porcelain, can last up to two decades. Composite resin veneers usually last about 10 years. These lifespans can fluctuate depending on the care and habits of the patient. For instance, if you chew ice or bones regularly, this will shorten the life of your dental veneers.
Having dental veneers is also a permanent commitment. Once we shave off some of the enamel from the front sides of your teeth to make room for your dental veneers those teeth will forevermore need to be covered with dental veneers. Without a veneer, the tooth will be exposed to bacteria and decay. So, once your set of dental veneers reaches its lifespan, you’ll need to have a new set made and placed on your teeth.
What Can I Do to Help My Veneers Last Longer?
Although veneers can last up to 20 years, it’s important that during that time, patients commit to taking care of their veneers to prevent lasting damage to their teeth. By following a good oral hygiene routine, you’ll not only end up with improved oral health, but you’ll also help increase the lifespan of your veneers. To keep them at their healthiest and avoid veneer and tooth damage, patients can do the following:
- Floss daily
- Brush daily with a soft toothbrush
- Avoid hard foods such as raw fruits and vegetables
- Avoid foods that stain, such as coffee, cola, or tea
- Quit smoking
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Visit your dentist every six months for professional cleaning
Is There Recovery After The Dental Veneer Procedure?
There isn’t any recovery after preparing your teeth by shaving off a portion of the tooth or once your dental veneers are placed. You can immediately begin using them and showing your perfect smile to the world. Some patients notice increased sensitivity to hot and cold due to the removal of the enamel, but this usually resolves fully in just a few days.
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Contact Gentle Dental Care today or visit us in Edison, New Jersey to learn more about dental veneers. We are proud to serve patients in Piscataway Township, New Brunswick, Metuchen, and Woodbridge Township NJ, and surrounding areas.