Veneers in Edison, Metuchen & South Plainfield, NJ
Creating Beautiful Smiles with Veneers
Teeth are like fingerprints — every person’s are 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 — 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 Veneer Procedure Like?
Placing 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 veneers. That process starts with your dentist making 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 veneer. A model of your tooth will be made and is sent to the technician who will fabricate your veneer at the dental laboratory. While waiting for your veneer to be finished, your dentist will provide you with temporary veneers that you can use.
Once your 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 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 Veneers?
Veneers can dramatically change your smile. Gentle Dental Care experts apply 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
What Should I Expect from Getting Veneers?
The end result from getting a 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 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, it is also an effective preventative measure that maintains good dental health.
What Will My Veneers Be Like?
After receiving your 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. 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 veneers depends heavily on your home hygiene.
Do Veneers Stain Like Natural Teeth?
Unlike your natural teeth, veneers are resistant to tooth staining and discoloration. Avoid whitening toothpastes, as their abrasive formula can dull veneers.
How Much Do Veneers Cost?
We will discuss the cost of your 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.
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.