Porcelain Veneers in New Providence
Don’t let small chips, stains, gaps, or imperfections of your teeth keep you from smiling. At New Providence Dentistry, we offer perfectly crafted porcelain veneers to help cover any damage or discoloration. These thin, natural-looking shells are custom-made to match your teeth exactly and can last for decades. With porcelain veneers, your smile will look younger, cleaner and bolder!
What Veneers Treat
While porcelain veneers are mainly a cosmetic dentistry treatment, they can help with minor irregularities or alignment issues, too. For our New Providence and Berkeley Heights patients, we suggest veneers if you have problems like:
- Stained or yellowing teeth that cannot be treated with teeth whitening
- Unusually small or worn-down teeth
- Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
- Noticeable gaps in your smile
How Veneers Are Placed
Porcelain veneers are one of our safest and long-lasting cosmetic dentistry treatments. At your first appointment, Dr. Herko will examine your teeth and walk you through your treatment options. If you agree that veneers are the right choice, she will begin by preparing your teeth for veneers.
Once the surface of each tooth that is to receive a veneer has been prepared, Dr. Herko will take detailed scans of your smile. These images will be sent to a lab where experts will consider color, size, and shape as they craft your veneers to match seamlessly with your existing smile. This usually takes between two and three weeks, and you’ll be fit with temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your customized set is ready.
When Dr. Herko has received your veneers, we’ll give you a call to schedule your second appointment. At this visit, our staff will ensure the fit is right and permanently bond them in place. This is done with a powerful dental adhesive, so you can walk out of New Providence Dentistry with a new smile that same day.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Veneers are completely natural-looking – By taking exact measurements of your smile, and using porcelain to match the color and texture of your natural teeth, the result is a pure, bright smile. Many of our patients have told us that no one can spot the difference between the porcelain and the natural teeth!
- Fast treatment and minimal preparation – There are no extractions or surgery required to place veneers. The preparation is non-invasive, and once the veneers are permanently placed, you’ll have full functionality.
- Long-lasting and easy to maintain – With proper care, veneers can last for decades! Better yet, they don’t need any special treatment to keep clean. Regular oral hygiene habits will preserve the veneers and ensure that they last for years to come!
Care For Porcelain Veneers
Just like your natural teeth, porcelain veneers require proper care to remain strong and healthy, and maintain their appearance. Most importantly, you need to make sure you are brushing 2-3 times per day for at least 2 minutes, and flossing once per day. Proper oral hygiene will keep your teeth healthy, and ensure your veneers last a long time.
You should also make sure you see Dr. Beth Herko at New Providence Dentistry for an oral exam and teeth cleaning every six months, to prevent issues like tooth decay and gum disease, and have your teeth polished and cleaned.
Beyond this, you should be cautious when chewing very hard foods with veneers. Foods like almonds or ice, for example, should be chewed with your molars, not your front teeth. Chewing very hard foods with your veneers could cause cracks and damage.
Similarly, you should avoid chewing on non-food objects like pens, pencils, fingernails, and using your tooth as tools to do things like tear tape and open packages. Anything that could damage a natural tooth could also damage your veneers.
Finally, you should always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports, and consider a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth. Teeth grinding (bruxism) can damage your veneers.
Veneers Vs. Cosmetic Crowns
Both veneers and cosmetic crowns can be used to restore your smile. But while veneers are very thin and designed to only cover up the front of your tooth, a cosmetic crown is much thicker, and designed to cover up the entire tooth, all the way to the gumline.
This also means that while veneers only require a very thin layer of enamel to be removed, cosmetic crowns may require the removal of 50% or more of your enamel, to provide a stable platform to which the crown can be bonded.
Due to this, cosmetic crowns are also usually more expensive than veneers, and more complicated to build and place, particularly if you need more than one cosmetic crown to restore your smile.
Because of this, veneers are usually recommended for healthy teeth, while cosmetic crowns are only recommended for teeth that have been damaged, are extremely misshapen, or have other such serious problems.
One thing to note, however, is that crowns are often not considered to be a cosmetic procedure. his means that, unlike veneers, part or all of the cost of a crown could be covered by your dental insurance. This varies based on the insurance provider, so contact your insurance company for further details.
If You’re A Candidate For Porcelain Veneers
If you have a healthy mouth that is free of tooth decay and periodontal disease, you may be a good candidate for veneers. Your teeth must be strong and have enough enamel to support the veneers, even after they have been trimmed in preparation for the treatment.
Patients who are known to grind or clench their teeth should also address this issue before having veneers placed, and get a night guard that will protect their teeth from the stress of clenching and grinding, which can damage veneers.
Veneers may be the right treatment for you if you have a number of different cosmetic issues, like gaps in your teeth, misshapen teeth, serious stains, and minor chips in your teeth. Veneers can cover up all of these imperfections at once, providing you with a beautiful smile.
Dr. Herko and the friendly staff of New Providence Dentistry are always available to answer questions and make sure you’re well informed about your treatment. If you’re looking for a safe dentistry option for your family, we offer a host of general and pediatric dentistry services. Call our office at (908) 376-9297 to schedule an appointment today, or stop by at 571 Central Ave, Suite 100, New Providence, NJ 07974. We look forward to meeting you!