Recently, you slipped and fell on a wet sidewalk, chipping two front teeth. Plus, the enamel is becoming very discolored. Can you disguise these flaws and make your teeth as attractive as they are healthy? At Central New Jersey Prosthodontics in East Brunswick, Dr. Nainesh Desai protects your appearance and your self-image with quality dental materials and aesthetic treatments that really enhance your smile. Porcelain veneers are one of the most popular improvements he places at his East Brunswick dental practice.
Porcelain veneers beautify
Also called dental laminates, porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, translucent shells of fine dental ceramic. Customized to cover the front side of selected teeth, veneers disguise a variety of cosmetic defects such as:
- Large chips and cracks
- Deep stains from medications or smoking
- Gaps and mild overcrowding
- Uneven tooth length
- Congenital abnormalities such as a peg-shaped tooth
In fact, dental laminates as so versatile they often are called "instant orthodontics." Veneers give the patient the appearance of a perfectly straight smile without having to wear braces.
Porcelain veneers provide durability
While primarily a cosmetic enhancement, veneers also strengthen tooth enamel. They are custom-fabricated according to oral impressions and then bonded on with a strong adhesive which Dr. Desai cures with a special hardening light. Helping the bond is some minor enamel resurfacing (about 1/2 mm per tooth) and a mild etching acid. The individualized shape and accurate bite protects the edges of the tooth and correct any flaws without creating a "cookie cutter" look.
With good oral hygiene at home and six-month check-ups at Central New Jersey Prosthodontics, your porcelain veneers may last up to twenty years. However, while they are as strong as they are beautiful and natural-looking, veneers can break if you don't take care of them. That means no:
- Opening plastic packaging with your teeth
- Chewing ice, taffy or peanut brittle
- Grinding or clenching your teeth (talk to Dr. Desai about a bite guard)
- Gnawing on non-food items such as your finger nails or the top of your pen or pencil
Porcelain veneers may be part of a larger makeover
Veneers partner well with composite resin bonding, teeth whitening, porcelain crowns, cosmetic gum surgery and other treatments. When you see Dr. Desai for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, he will outline all of your options for a gorgeous new smile.
Call his office in East Brunswick, NJ, today for an appointment about an enhanced smile with porcelain veneers. Phone (732) 254-2550.