What are porcelain veneers?
Fully cosmetic in nature, porcelain veneers are custom-made thin porcelain shells made in a dental laboratory. Veneers are placed onto the fronts of your visible teeth to improve their appearance and match the patient’s existing teeth. Veneers can cover various imperfections in shape, size, alignment, or color. Dr. DeStefano only uses porcelain veneers since their appearance closely resembles that of natural tooth enamel.
What problems can veneers cover?
In reality, no one’s teeth are cosmetically perfect. However, if you have Dr. DeStefano apply porcelain veneers to your teeth, you’ll have a nearly flawless, beautiful smile. Veneers offer a great cosmetic improvement for various flaws including:
- Concealing chips
- Covering badly stained or discolored teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Masking alignment problems
- Covering cracks or excessive wear
- Covering misshapen teeth
porcelain veneer Candidates
It’s important to note that porcelain veneers are not a restoration, but are a cosmetic procedure to improve your visible teeth. Patients with underlying problems such as decay, serious cracks, inadequate amount of enamel, and gum disease, will have to address those issues before Dr. DeStefano can place the veneers. Additionally, patients that grind their teeth are not ideal candidates for veneers. However, 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.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
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. Dr. DeStefano also prefers the way porcelain closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel in the way it reflects and absorbs light. Additionally, veneers typically cost less than crowns.
Veneer Patient Testimonial
Because my natural teeth were discolored and pitted, I asked Dr. Thomas DeStefano what could be done to improve their appearance. He suggested porcelain veneers. He applied them and they are perfect with a very natural whiteness. Now I have the confident smile I’ve always wanted.
The Veneer Application Process
Receiving porcelain veneers takes two appointments with Dr. DeStefano. At your first appointment, our staff will prepare your teeth for the veneers. We begin with a thorough cleaning, and if you have enamel staining 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.
Then, the teeth are prepared for the veneers. This involves shaving off a tiny fraction of the front enamel 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.
Before & After Porcelain Veneers
porcelain veneer Results
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 can last from seven to 20 years. 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 or the cement fails, it will be necessary to replace them as the teeth are unprotected.
Maintaining & Caring for veneers
Porcelain veneers don’t require any special maintenance and should be treated just like natural teeth. Patients should brush and floss twice daily in order to maintain their veneers. Veneers 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. At DeStefano Dentistry, we use the highest quality porcelain, fit them with precision, and bond with the most advanced adhesive materials.