If you were given tetracycline as a child, there’s a good chance the antibiotic turned your teeth grey. Maybe a couple of your teeth are misshapen; there may be a chip or crack here or there; or you could have some alignment issues. In reality, no one’s teeth are cosmetically perfect.
But if you have Dr. DeStefano apply porcelain veneers to your teeth, you’ll have a nearly flawless, beautiful smile.
What are porcelain veneers?
Fully cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells that are placed onto the fronts of your visible teeth to improve their appearance. Veneers can cover various imperfections in shape, size, alignment, or color. And because Dr. DeStefano only uses porcelain veneers, their appearance closely resembles that of natural tooth enamel.
What problems can porcelain veneers cover?
Veneers offer a great cosmetic improvement for various flaws:
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained or discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or excessive wear
- Covering misshapen teeth
Would I be a candidate for porcelain veneers?
It’s important to note that porcelain veneers are not a restoration, but are a cosmetic improvement of your visible teeth. Underlying problems such as decay, serious cracks, gum disease, and the like must be addressed before veneers can be applied.
But if you have flaws, especially deep staining from a drug reaction or a root canal, veneers provide a beautiful overlay to cover the flaws and give you a stunning smile.
How are porcelain veneers made?
Patients sometimes wonder why Dr. DeStefano doesn’t offer cosmetic resin veneers. He uses only porcelain because of its high strength, hardness, durability, glassiness, translucence, and high resistance to staining. He believes porcelain closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel in the way it reflects and absorbs light.
Porcelain veneers are fabricated in a dental lab to the color specifications and dental impressions provided by Dr. DeStefano. Veneers are made in layers from porcelain powder and are fired in an oven. When finished they have a remarkable resemblance to natural enamel.
What is the process of getting veneers?
Having porcelain veneers placed onto your teeth takes two appointments with Dr. DeStefano. At your first appointment, your teeth are prepared for the veneers. We begin with a thorough cleaning, and if your tooth enamel is stained from items such as coffee we may recommend whitening first to get your enamel back to its original color. Dr. DeStefano then uses a shade guide to match the veneer color to your natural tooth color.
The teeth then are prepared for the veneers. This involves shaving off a tiny fraction of the front enamel (from 0.3 mm to 0.5 mm) on each tooth receiving a veneer. This is necessary to make room for the veneer on the tooth front. When this preparation is complete, Dr. DeStefano takes impressions of your teeth and they are sent to the dental lab for fabrication of your veneers. This takes from one to two weeks, and in the interim we place temporary veneers onto your teeth.
When your custom-made veneers arrive at our office, you return for your second appointment. Dr. DeStefano checks each veneer for fit and color match. It may be necessary to shave off a minute bit here or there. Once both you and Dr. DeStefano are satisfied with their appearance, the veneers are permanently cemented onto your teeth.
How long will my porcelain veneers last?
There is a variance in the lifespan of your veneers, based on the health of the underlying teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. Porcelain veneers last from seven to 20 years. If the cement fails, the veneer can be re-cemented onto the tooth.
Before opting to have this procedure, it’s important to understand that porcelain veneers are a lifetime commitment. Because a portion of your enamel is removed to make space for the veneer on each tooth, a veneer has to cover that tooth the rest of its life. Once a set of veneers reaches its lifespan, it will be necessary to replace them as the teeth with the shaved-down enamel are unprotected.
Do porcelain veneers require special dental care?
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special maintenance — just twice daily brushing and flossing — and they will continue to look great for up to two decades. They are very resistant to staining, so if your other teeth become stained by coffee, wine, and the like, you’ll probably want to have them whitened occasionally to match your veneers.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about Porcelain Veneers or to schedule a consultation at our Pittsford, NY office, call 585.248.2383