Dr. Burton Schechter D.D.S.
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Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?
Exactly what are porcelain veneers?
They’re thin sheets of colored porcelain sculpted to fit over the front surface of your teeth. They can be made to be micro-thin, almost unbreakable and any color you choose.
What are the advantages of veneers?
They’re the ultimate aesthetic restoration in that they can be shaped, colored and aligned for a near perfect smile.
- They don’t break, stain or discolor ever.
- Very little, if any tooth reduction is required.
And the disadvantages?
They’re relatively costly when compared to other forms of aesthetic tooth enhancement.
- Because they’re cosmetic, they’re not covered by dental insurance plans.
If I should choose not to have veneers, what other measures could help me to have a better smile?
Often reshaping the teeth with sandpaper (a pain-free and easy procedure) can give a more even smile. This can often be correlated with whitening (bleaching) procedures. While these treatments are generally not covered by insurance, the costs are appreciably less than porcelain veneers.
Are there any other treatment choices available besides veneers, laminates or reshaping and whitening?
Yes. There’s bonding.
Exactly what is bonding?
Bonding material is a form of plastic which comes in different shades of color in tubes, much like colored toothpaste. These colors can be blended and applied in thin layers to cover the teeth, much like porcelain veneers.
What are the advantages of bonding?
- Bonding (which may be thought of as plastic veneers) can give instant results. These plastic veneers are made directly on your teeth, hardened and polished to a high luster in as little as one dental visit. There’s no impression, laboratory procedures or waiting time for the lab to create the veneers.
- You can see the results tooth by tooth as the procedure goes along. It’s also easy to change shape, size or color without starting over.
- The cost is appreciably less than porcelain veneers which require an impression of the prepared teeth and laboratory fabrication.
And the disadvantages?
They don’t last as long as porcelain veneers. Bonding materials are a form of plastic which means they can scratched, broken or compromised by abuse in the mouth. They need to be re-polished occasionally and may need refurbishing every 5-10 years.
Finally, is there anything else to be done for a better smile?
Yes. Sometimes Invisalign (invisible aligners) to change the position of the teeth will be of immeasurable benefit. This can after be correlated with bleaching (whitening) or even with plastic or porcelain veneering.
How do we decide what’s best for my mouth?
After a consideration of what we’re starting with and how close to perfection we want the result to be, you (the patient) and I (the doctor) review the options open to us. We discuss the pros and cons of each procedure and try to focus in on what’s the best overall way to proceed based on your preferences as an educated patient. Sometimes computer projections or before/after pictures will help. In summary, we do our best to have you understand each possible procedure in order that you may choose wisely.
Specialist in Reconstructive, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry
27 West 55th Street
New York, NY. 10019