We are aware that people often feel embarrassed to smile due to bad or damaged teeth. We know how they have to hide their once-charming smile and take an evasive measure in front of the people they know. With porcelain veneers, we can correct color and shape or perform a complete smile makeover.
Dr. Vassallo is a cosmetic dentist with experience refreshing smiles with porcelain veneers to bring back charm and confidence for our patients. Veneers are a cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers usually don’t require the dentist to remove much of the existing tooth.
Veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. Veneers won’t stain, making them a popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and will be customized in a color to provide a natural looking smile.
During your initial consultation, be sure to let your cosmetic dentist know that you will want to “try in” your veneers with temporary cement that is the same color cement as will be used for the permanent attachment. You will probably want to look at your veneers in natural light in addition to the office light. A mold is taken of the teeth, from which the permanent veneers are modeled after. A “temporary veneer” will be placed and worn until your permanent veneers are ready. If you notice any discomfort or have suggestions for specific changes, now is the time to let your dentist know so they can apply these changes to the permanent veneer. Once final, the color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth. Before placing the veneers in your mouth, the teeth are cleansed with chemicals, and a glue is set between the veneer and your tooth. Finally, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.