Porcelain veneers are one of the most common procedures in cosmetic dentistry today. A range of aesthetic dental issues can be resolved and picturesque smile makeovers can be accomplished using porcelain dental veneers. These thin, durable ceramic overlays can hide the appearance of chips, gaps, and stains, and they can even correct areas of teeth misalignment. These custom-made dental veneers are designed for the most precise fit possible, and they look like your natural teeth. Plus, they can last for decades!
Please contact Dr. Victor Oelbaum and Associates for more information on porcelain dental veneers at our Bronx and New York City-area practice.
How Porcelain Dental Veneers Can Help
Even the most rigorous brushing and flossing routine sometimes can’t stop the normal wear and tear that can 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 and/or coffee-drinking
- Tobacco use
Porcelain dental veneers can better the health of your teeth in addition to masking surface imperfections with results that look both natural and beautiful.
The Porcelain Dental Veneers Procedure
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 and Associates can improve the appearance of your teeth and give you a beautiful new smile with porcelain dental veneers.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
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 overlays are designed to mask the aesthetic concern(s) you are seeking to improve while matching the color, size, and shape of adjacent teeth for a seamless smile enhancement.
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.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
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 a full smile enhancement. To find out which cosmetic dental option may be best for you, please feel free to contact our office online or by phone to schedule an appointment.