Posts for tag: Veneers
For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.
Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.
True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.
An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.
The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”
Discover the best ways to care for your dental veneers so they last for years.
Once your Yorktown Heights dentist Dr. Joseph Zaky places your dental veneers, this brand new smile is often enough to change many patient’s oral care regime for the better. Find out what you can do to ensure that your veneers sparkle and dazzle for years to come.
Maintain Stellar Hygiene
You’ve finally gotten the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted and if you want to keep it that way you have to put in a little effort. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily to keep your smile healthy and free of decay. Even though veneers can’t develop decay, veneers do leave some areas of natural teeth exposed and these areas are susceptible to cavities. By maintaining good oral hygiene you can prevent problems from taking over your smile.
Have the Right Dental Tools
Next time you pick up a new toothbrush be aware of the kind you are getting. Hard-bristled toothbrushes and abrasive toothpastes can be too harsh on your veneers and actually scratch them. So when it comes to brushing your teeth be sure to always choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, non-abrasive toothpaste and a gentle hand.
Don’t Skip Those Dental Checkups
Your Yorktown Heights dentist will be disappointed if you don’t take these six-month visits seriously. Especially now that you’ve spent time and money getting your new smile you want to make sure that you are giving it the proper care it deserves so that it remains healthy. Keeping up with these visits will ensure that if a problem does arise that it’s caught quickly so it doesn’t impact your smile in the long run.
Nix Bad Habits
We’ve all been there—we have something we need to open but there are no scissors around so we use our teeth instead. Whatever you do, resist the urge to treat your teeth as tools. Any motion that puts pressure on your veneers can lead to damage. This also goes for issues like clenching or grinding your teeth. If you have this bad habit talk to your dentist in Yorktown Heights about effective ways to combat this problem.
Interested in getting dental veneers? Need to schedule your dental cleaning? Your Yorktown Heights dentist at Dental Implant and Cosmetic is here to cater to all your dental needs. Call us today!