Porcelain veneers are thin coverings, as thin as a “fingernail”, bonded over teeth to improve their appearance. They can be used to straighten smiles, close-up gaps, replace worn-down teeth, and make teeth permanently whiter.
The procedure involves taking any necessary x-rays and photographs of the teeth. This allows Dr. Goldberg to ensure that this restorative option is a great fit for the patient and their lifestyle.
Veneers make it possible to correct a variety of problems, including:
Ideally, candidates for veneers are individuals who have minor cosmetic imperfections, severely stained teeth, sufficient tooth enamel, moderately straight teeth, and do not grind or clench their teeth. Generally, when it comes to improving a smile, there are multiple options for most patients who come into Dr. Goldberg’s office. After the initial workup, he will be able to make the best recommendation based on your personal situation, lifestyle, and budget.
The following conditions may reduce the potential for veneer treatment:
Traditionally, porcelain has been the most common material because composites have not been able to provide the same results as porcelain. However, that has significantly changed over the last few years, and today it is difficult to distinguish between the two materials. Although porcelain veneers are typically problem-free, occasionally they pop off or chip. This can cause a patient some inconvenience and embarrassment and may require an emergency visit to their dentist. A veneer that has come off can usually be rebonded, but chips are extremely difficult to repair and sometimes impossible. Here are the main differences between the two:
As you can see, these differences are night and day. Which one you decide to choose is personal preference as they both have their pros and cons.
First, your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and “occlusion.” Occlusion refers to your bite, and how your teeth function with respect to each other. In certain cases, it is VERY important to take impressions and for your dentist to study these models with great intensity, and to also discuss your particular situation with the laboratory.
When the study is complete, the next step is to shape your teeth, take a new impression, put temporary veneers onto your shaped teeth, and send the impression to the laboratory. The lab will need anywhere between one and three weeks to fabricate your veneers.
At the following appointment, your dentist will bond the veneers, and your new smile will be complete.
Visit the Before & After photos to view some smiles Dr. Goldberg has transformed.
“Dr. Goldberg is very professional, thorough, and personable. He takes the time to answer questions, explain in detail the various procedures, discuss alternative treatments, and make recommendations for specialized treatment. I’ve been a patient of this office for more than 20 years, and this is the most welcoming office that I’ve visited. It’s always a pleasure to be here: the staff is very friendly, accommodating, skilled, courteous, and competent. I wish I could visit more than twice a year, but they do such a good job that it’s rarely necessary! Thank you!” – Anca I.
As with the first step for porcelain veneers, we must examine and address your “occlusion”. When everything is acceptable, Dr. Golgberg can start your composite veneers. Unlike porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be accomplished directly in the dental office. “Composite” is the same material used for “white fillings,” but the process is more involved due to layering, intense shaping, and high polishing. Depending upon the number of veneers desired, the process can be accomplished in one to two appointments: since all patients are different, you’ll have to talk to your dentist about your individual time-frame.
This is highly variable since people subject their teeth to stimuli with varying degrees:
Typically, veneers should last between 7 and 15 years.
The side effects of veneers include sensitivity to the hot and cold. This is caused by the reduction of enamel on the prepared teeth. Sensitivity is a very common lingering effect that typically dissipates in one to two weeks.
Daily care and regular checkups are necessary to help prevent decay (cavities) from forming, allow for early detection and treatment of cavities (before they get too large), and to help remove stain build-up. Some other ways to help care and maintain your veneers are: