Porcelain veneers can correct any number of dental imperfections. Often, it does not take much to make you unhappy with your smile. Chipping, cracking, misalignment or discoloration can make you reluctant to smile and deliver a huge blow to your self-confidence. If you want to have your smile restored to the way it used to be, or even improved to the point that it never was, porcelain veneers could be the ideal solution.
So, what exactly are porcelain veneers? They are simply thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to your teeth to restore their appearance. You could also consider dental crowns, but realistically, unless you actually need a full restoration to improve functionality, veneers are considerably less expensive and could be just as effective when it comes to restoring your smile. Crowns are considered to be a full restoration, whereas veneers are a partial restoration. Even so, they can alter the shape, size and color of your teeth.
If you are thinking about porcelain veneers, first you will need to come and see Dr. Richard Bernstein in Cherry Hill, NJ for a consultation. He will examine your teeth, tell you how the procedure works, and if you agree that you want to proceed with having porcelain veneers installed, you may even be able to get started right away.
First, Dr. Bernstein will scrape a little bit of enamel off your teeth. This is to ensure that the veneers will fit properly. Then, he will use a CEREC® machine to take 3-D images of your teeth. These images are sent to a computer, which uses special software to design your veneers. The design is then sent to the CEREC milling machine, which manufacturers your veneers on-site. Then, Dr. Bernstein will attach the veneers to your teeth using a special cement and a light to cure them. Then he will check your bite and do any final adjustments that might be necessary. With this revolutionary technology, you could actually walk away with a full set of porcelain veneers in a single day.
The procedure is entirely painless, since it is done under local anesthesia. Because some of your tooth enamel has been removed, you may find that your teeth are a bit sensitive following the procedure. In most cases, simply using a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth will ease the discomfort.
Since your porcelain veneers will look exactly like natural teeth, no one has to know that you have had work done. People might look at you and say, “Wow, you look great… did you do something?” Just smile with your beautiful new teeth and tell them you changed your hairstyle. No one needs to know if you don’t want to tell them.
Veneers require no special care. They will not decay, so if you brush and floss as you would normally, you can expect them to last for a very long time. Of course, you will have to make sure that you do not neglect your oral health. If you should happen to develop gum disease, your veneers could become loose and ultimately fail. Since veneers cannot be removed, this could be problematic. You need to make sure that you do not allow plaque and bacteria to build up and cause your natural teeth to fail, causing your veneers to loosen and fail along with them.
No one has to live with a bad smile. Call Dr. Richard Bernstein at 856-616-9191 to arrange an appointment. Our dentist office is located at 1401 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. If you prefer, you can also use the form on our Contact Us page to book a consultation.
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