Dental Veneers in Totowa
Attain Your Picture-Perfect Smile with Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment options at Dr. Jerry Strauss’s New Jersey dental practice. Versatile and effective, these small pieces of porcelain cover imperfect teeth to create a more beautiful smile.
If a dull smile has left you feeling self-conscious or even ashamed of your smile, porcelain veneers treatment with Dr. Strauss can help. The dentist welcomes you to meet with him to discuss your specific problems and whether porcelain veneers are the most appropriate option. If the two of you determine that veneers aren’t suitable for your needs, Dr. Strauss can recommend a better course of action with another cosmetic or restorative dentistry treatment.
What Can Veneers Treat?
Porcelain veneers can cover up a multitude of cosmetic flaws, including the following:
- Minor chips and cracks in the teeth
- Stains or discoloration
- Uneven tooth size or shape
- Irregular spacing between the teeth
Sometimes porcelain veneers are referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can cover up mild crookedness or crowding between the teeth. However, moderate to severe orthodontic problems typically require treatment with Invisalign or traditional tooth straightening systems.
The Design and Placement Process
Porcelain veneers usually take a few dental visits to design and place. During the first visit, Dr. Strauss establishes the needs and goals of treatment. He explains the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers; he also outlines the steps of the treatment timeline.
During the next appointment, Dr. Strauss prepares the teeth receiving the veneers. This involves removing a small amount of tooth structure in order to make room to accommodate the veneers. This is not painful, but some patients opt for sedation dentistry techniques during this portion of treatment. Dr. Strauss takes impressions of the teeth to send to the dental laboratory constructing the veneers, along with information about the selected color of the veneers (they are matched to the surrounding teeth). Dr. Strauss can place temporary veneers over the prepared teeth to protect them while the permanent restorations are being crafted.
Once the permanent veneers are ready, the third appointment is scheduled. During this appointment, Dr. Strauss removes the provisional veneers and places the permanent veneers over the teeth. He checks them to make sure they fit and the teeth bite together properly. Finally, Dr. Strauss bonds the veneers over the teeth using a strong dental cement, and hardens the cement with a process called curing.
Expertly designed and placed veneers should be virtually undetectable from the surrounding teeth. With the proper care and attention, porcelain veneers can last a very long time. Dr. Strauss recommends chronic teeth grinders or clenchers have a custom mouthguard fitted to wear at night to protect the strength and integrity of the veneers.
Contact Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey
If you are bothered by an imperfect smile and believe dental veneers may help, please call (973) 227-8998 or email our practice today. We would be happy to schedule you for an appointment to sit down with the dentist and explore your treatment options in more detail.