Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to teeth and often require minimal or no tooth reduction. Veneers can alter the color, size, and shape of teeth giving ideal esthetic and functional results. When applied over the surface of a tooth, veneers can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing and chips or cracks. Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, esthetically pleasing smile with beautifully aligned, shapely teeth. The translucent ceramic quality of today's veneers provide a more natural look than ever possible!
Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:
Worn enamel: Over time, the thin, hard white substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled, and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or the result of a genetic predisposition; however, it is often a result of your habits (soft drink, tea, or coffee consumption, smoking, medication use, etc.).
Wear and tear: Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.
Genetics: Certain people may be born with abnormal spacing between the teeth that grows wider as they age.
Uneven teeth: Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.
Porcelain Veneers and Composite Resin Veneers
The two most common materials used in the manufacture of dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain veneers. Both porcelain veneers and composite veneers can be fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory; composite veneers can also be directly fabricated inside your mouth in the dental office.
Dental veneers that are indirectly fabricated - fabricated in a dental laboratory - are bonded to the teeth with various types of resin cement. Of the two options, porcelain veneers are longer lasting and more expensive.
A Restorative Benefit to Veneers
In addition to being esthetically pleasing, dental veneers can also serve a functional purpose by protecting the surface of a damaged tooth. In some cases, veneers may replace the need for a dental crown, eliminating more invasive tooth preparation.
Because dental veneers are so thin, they might require little,to no tooth reshaping when bonded onto the tooth. Once veneers are bonded into place, they are relatively strong and durable.
Northern Westchester Dental Center is located in Yorktown Heights, New York and serves the people of Putnam Valley, Mahopac, Somers, Northern Westchester, Jefferson Valley and the surrounding areas. For more information about Dental Veneers and Lumineers, or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 914.245.3103.
LUMINEERS BY CERINATE are porcelain veneers that require no shots, no drilling and therefore no pain. Northern Westchester Dental Associates can apply these contact lens-thin "smile shapers" to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual.
LUMINEERS are contact lens-thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove painful tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.)
LUMINEERS is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.
What makes Lumineers so good:
- No shots or anesthetic required - procedure is entirely pain-free
- Little to no reduction of sensitive tooth structure
- Extraordinarily strong. Clinically proven to last up to 20 years
- LUMINEERS can only be made from Cerinate Porcelain.
- Minimal preparation required
- No post-operative sensitivity
- Only two visits necessary
- Extremely natural-looking because it is so thin and translucent
- No temporaries required
- Restores and strengthens teeth. Help prevent wear
- Provides instant teeth straightening and permanent whitening
- A viable alternative to braces in many cases
- Can be placed over crowns and rejuvenate old dental bridge work
- No micro-leakage or micro-cracking
- Ideal for teens and people of all ages
- Cited in "Top 10 Products" list for 2004 of Dental Products Report