Porcelain Veneers in Staten Island
Veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are ultra-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored material. The veneers are designed to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve appearance. Veneers provide virtually the ultimate in cosmetic enhancement, since they can be used to optimize tooth color, shape, size, texture, and shininess.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from composite resin. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Porcelain is also much more durable than resin---resin veneers are much more likely to chip than porcelain veneers.
What Types of Problems Do Veneers Solve?
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored, due to: 1) Dark natural tooth color or 2) Trauma or other event: tooth injured, root canal treatment, stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride present in a child’s diet, etc.
- Teeth that are worn down from grinding (bruxism).
- Teeth that are chipped or broken.
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped.
- Teeth with gaps between them.
What is the Procedure for Getting a Veneer?
Number of Visits
Getting a porcelain veneer usually requires three visits to the dental office: one for a consultation and two to make and apply the veneers. One tooth or many teeth can simultaneously undergo the veneering process.