Dental Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers in Totowa, New Jersey, are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment options at our 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 our dentist at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey can help. Dr. Jerry M. Strauss welcomes you to meet to discuss your specific problems and whether porcelain veneers are the most appropriate option. If we determine that veneers are not 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® aligners or traditional tooth straightening systems.

View our smile gallery to see the successful results of our dental veneers treatment

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. Our dentist will take 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). Our dentist 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, our dentist will remove the provisional veneers and place the permanent veneers over the teeth. We check them to make sure they fit and that the teeth bite together properly. Finally, we bond the veneers over the teeth using a strong dental cement and harden 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 mouth guard fitted to wear at night to protect the strength and integrity of the veneers.

Porcelain Veneers FAQ

How much do porcelain veneers cost?

The cost of veneers varies depending on the material used, the teeth being treated, the dentist placing the veneers, and the ceramist or lab that creates the veneers. For more information about how much veneers cost, please contact Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey today.

Does dental insurance cover veneers?

Veneers are considered an elective cosmetic treatment and usually are not covered by dental insurance.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Veneers are durable and can last for years with the proper care and attention. It is not uncommon for veneers to last 10 years or more.

Can veneers stain?

Quality veneers do not stain like natural tooth enamel. However, the edges of the veneers can become discolored over time. If you do develop minor surface stains, they can be removed with a gentle professional cleaning and polishing.

How long does it take to get veneers?

Veneers usually require two appointments spaced a few weeks apart. During the first appointment, Dr. Strauss will examine your affected teeth and gather the information needed to create your veneers. We will prepare the teeth to receive the veneers and place temporary restorations over the prepared teeth.

Once your permanent veneers are ready, you will return to the office for a second appointment. Our dentist will remove your provisional restorations and bond the customized veneers into place.

Does it hurt to get porcelain veneers?

No, the veneers placement process is not painful. The affected teeth will be numbed so you do not feel any pain during treatment.

Will my veneers look fake?

Our goal is to place veneers that look like better versions of your natural teeth. We have the experience and skill to design veneers that blend in with your natural teeth while improving your overall smile. We also work with a trusted ceramist and dental laboratory that uses top-quality, lifelike materials.

Can veneers replace orthodontics?

Veneers cannot replace orthodontics since they do not move the position or alignment of the teeth. However, they can be used as a “quick fix” to conceal very minor problems (i.e., slightly crooked teeth, small gaps in between the teeth) that would normally be treated with orthodontics.

What is the recovery from getting porcelain veneers?

There is virtually no recovery downtime after getting porcelain veneers. You can go home immediately after your appointment and resume your daily activities. You might want to avoid sticky, chewy, and very hot or cold foods or beverages for a few days until your teeth adjust to the veneers.

How can I care for my porcelain veneers?

Although the veneers themselves cannot develop cavities, the tooth structure under the veneers can. You should brush and floss your teeth every day and see our dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Do not smoke, and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid subjecting your veneers to excessive force, and get fitted for a night guard if you know you grind or clench at night. Avoid opening bottles or packages with your teeth or chewing any hard objects like ice, shells or pen caps, which could damage your 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 our dentist and explore your treatment options in more detail.