ERIC SPELLMAN, DMDGeneral & Cosmetic Dentistry
Remember the last time you watched a movie, or a TV series, and you marveled over the brilliantly white, perfect teeth all the actors had? The truth is that they weren’t born that way. The so-called “beautiful people” have usually had work done to create that dazzling smile you admire. Chances are that they have had porcelain veneers placed to correct unsightly dental conditions.
Made of medical-grade ceramic, porcelain veneers are thin shells that are bonded to your natural teeth. They can fix all manner of problems, including chips, misalignment, crooked teeth, uneven teeth, and discoloration. They can even change the width and length of your teeth.
About the Procedure
The usual procedure for having porcelain veneers installed is to have your cosmetic dentist remove a bit of your tooth enamel so that the veneers will bond properly to your teeth. There is another method, and we’ll talk about that in a bit. The shaving is done under local anesthetic, so the procedure is pain-free. Then, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth, and send them off to a lab that will make your veneers.
When the time comes to have the veneers installed, the dentist will fit them, and may do a little more scraping on your teeth in order to ensure a perfect fit. Dr. Eric Spellman has years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, so you know you will be in good hands. He will check the color of the veneers to make sure it is exactly right, and then he will place them on your natural teeth using a special cement.
Caring for Your Veneers
Veneers really don’t require any special care – just treat them as you would your own teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. And of course come to see Dr. Spellman for regular checkups.
With the method we’ve described above, it’s necessary to remove a bit of your tooth enamel in order to ensure that the veneers will fit properly. With ultra-thin veneers, you may not need to have enamel removed. There are veneers available today that are known as “no-prep” veneers. They’re incredibly thin, and they bond so well to your teeth that no surface preparation is needed. And because the surface of the tooth doesn’t need to be prepped, you won’t need an anesthetic.
Ultra-thin veneers are less than one sixty-fourth of an inch. Conventional veneers are a bit thicker, and that’s why they need surface preparation. So, which is better? It really depends on the condition of your teeth. Severely damaged or discolored teeth may require a thicker veneer.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers look exactly like natural teeth, so when people tell you that you have a beautiful smile, it’s entirely up to you whether you tell them that you’ve had work done.
Porcelain veneers also work exactly like your own teeth, so you can eat all your favorite foods and enjoy your beverages of choice. The veneers will resist staining more so than your natural teeth.
Virtually anyone who is unhappy with their smile, and generally in good health, can benefit from porcelain veneers.
If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Eric Spellman in Larchmont at 914-834-2941. He’ll help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.