Porcelain veneers are one of the most common procedures performed by our Bronx cosmetic dentist, Dr. Victor Oelbaum. These versatile cosmetic solutions can resolve a range of aesthetic dental issues and allow patients to achieve picturesque smile makeovers. Composed of a thin, durable ceramic overlay that is bonded to the front of a tooth, porcelain veneers can hide the appearance of chips, gaps, stains, and even correct areas of teeth misalignment. Our custom-made dental veneers are designed for the most precise fit possible and can look like your natural teeth. Plus, they often last for decades!
Please contact Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates for more information on porcelain dental veneers at our New York City-area practice.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Do?
Even the most rigorous brushing and flossing routine sometimes can’t stop the normal wear and tear that affect our teeth over time. Certain foods and beverages, the natural aging process, and dental injuries can cause both functional and aesthetic conditions such as:
- Stains and discoloration from wine, coffee-drinking, and/or tobacco use
Porcelain dental veneers can better the health of your teeth in addition to masking surface imperfections, providing results that look both natural and beautiful.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers may be an ideal dental solution if you are troubled by stains, cracks, chips, gaps, slight misalignments, and/or various other cosmetic tooth-related issues. Secured to the front of each affected tooth, these durable ceramic shells are designed to mask the aesthetic concern(s) you are seeking to improve while matching the color, size, and shape of adjacent teeth for seamless smile enhancement.
What is the Porcelain Veneers Process Like?
Composed of a strong ceramic material, porcelain dental veneers are thin coverings custom-designed to fit over the affected areas of your teeth. They require little removal of the original tooth. After Dr. Oelbaum makes an initial impression of your teeth, he will have your new veneer created to provide the best fit possible. Once the new veneer has been made, Dr. Oelbaum will place it onto the teeth with a durable cement, and then have it color-tinted to match the surrounding teeth. The entire treatment typically takes only two office visits.
One of the chief benefits of porcelain dental veneers is the length of results: in many cases, they last for decades. Plus, they look like your natural teeth! Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates can improve the appearance of your teeth and give you a beautiful new smile with porcelain dental veneers.
Do Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?
Porcelain veneers can be incredibly natural-looking when treatment is conducted by a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist. At our practice, an impression of your teeth is used to create veneers for an excellent fit, and once carefully placed, they are color-tinted to match the shade of your surrounding, natural teeth. In most cases, only you and those you choose to tell will know you have porcelain veneers. To see some examples of the type of results our patients have achieved with dental veneers, we encourage you to visit our smile gallery.
Do Porcelain Veneers Need Any Special Maintenance?
One of the greatest advantages of porcelain veneers is that they do not require additional maintenance apart from routine brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. The veneers themselves are stain-resistant; however, maintaining recommended oral hygiene habits and receiving professional teeth cleanings at least twice a year is imperative to extending the lifespan of your veneers.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
While porcelain veneers are not permanent, they are very durable and can last numerous years—oftentimes decades—for the majority of patients. As stated above, a major factor in enjoying long-lasting results is making sure to brush and floss on a daily basis, as well as to visit the dentist for professional cleanings a minimum of two times per year.
Are There Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers?
Depending on the issue(s) you wish to correct, Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates offers several cosmetic dentistry options that could prove to be effective alternatives to porcelain veneers. Teeth whitening can be used to treat stains and yellowing, Invisalign® can be a great option for misalignments, and composite bonding can be a good solution for cracks or gaps. In addition, we offer Smile Makeover treatments that can comprehensively address several concerns for full smile enhancement.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Crowns
Porcelain veneers are often compared to dental crowns due to the aesthetic and functional benefits afforded by both procedures. Despite their similarities, there are a few key differences between porcelain veneers and crowns that distinguish each treatment from the other. In general, porcelain veneers are primarily placed for cosmetic purposes and can be very successful when employed to mask the appearance of minor dental flaws. Although the thin porcelain shells can be very durable and add strength to the tooth, porcelain veneers are not a solution to address severe enamel damage or decay.
In contrast, porcelain crowns can be an ideal option to exceptionally restore a weakened or impaired tooth. As sturdy “caps” designed to cover the entire tooth structure as opposed to solely a portion of it, porcelain crowns are often employed to inhibit further enamel damage, recover a tooth after a root canal, secure a dental bridge, or prevent an extraction, among other uses. While a custom-designed crown is usually an aesthetically pleasing restoration that can improve the look of your tooth and smile, its main function is rehabilitative in nature. Our friendly cosmetic dentists can help you determine the best treatment for your unique dental needs.
Porcelain Veneers vs. Lumineers®
Lumineers® are another type of cosmetic veneer used for the same purposes as porcelain veneers, but which differ in their thinner ceramic composition. Similarly utilized to hide common aesthetic imperfections, such as cracks, chips, gaps, and minor misalignments, Lumineers® are slimmer than porcelain veneers and do not involve any prior tooth preparation or trimming of enamel before placement. As a result, the Lumineers® technique is typically only suitable in select cases that can allow a natural-looking fit. Our dentists generally prefer to place porcelain veneers in lieu of Lumineers® because they tend to more closely match the translucency of natural tooth enamel. Furthermore, the extremely minimal tooth preparation necessary can ensure each patient achieves results that blend beautifully and harmoniously with the rest of their smile.
To find out what porcelain veneers can do for your smile, please feel free to contact our office online or by phone to schedule an appointment.