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Cosmetic/Restorative Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

Unsatisfied with how your teeth look? Teeth that are chipped, stained, or misshapen can take away from a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your lackluster teeth and transform your smile.

Having a fabulous smile can make a massive impact on the way you look and feel. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry treatments to create the flawless smile you’ve always wanted. We always begin with a comprehensive smile assessment, discussing which aspects you like and dislike about your smile. Once our evaluation is complete, we will discuss with you treatment options to help your smile look more natural, healthy and youthful.

The Procedure Usually Takes Three Visits

  • Dr. Faiella will examine your teeth to determine if porcelain veneers are right for you.
  • Together, you and Dr. Faiella will discuss what you’re looking to achieve with veneers, how the procedure works, and the kind of results you can expect., 
  • To prep your teeth for veneers, Dr. Faiella will remove about a half of a millimeter of enamel from the surface of your teeth – about the same thickness of porcelain material that will be used to make them.
  • Dr. Faiella will then make an impression of your teeth to create your custom-made veneers. This takes about three weeks for the lab to complete.
  • Lastly, Dr. Faiella will place temporary veneers on your teeth that will stay in place while the porcelain veneers are fabricated. This protects your teeth during that time while also allowing you to make sure you are happy and comfortable with your new veneers’ appearance and feel.
  • Dr. Faiella shapes and trims the new porcelain veneers for a perfect fit and the most natural look possible.
  • Your teeth are cleaned, polished, and then gently etched to create a surface the veneer can bond too tightly.
  • Dr. Faiella will place the veneers over your teeth using a special cement and light beam that activates the cement’s chemicals.
  • The veneers are then adjusted and polished.

Common Questions About Porcelain Veneers

  • Porcelain veneers should be treated just like natural teeth –regular brushing and flossing are essential. 
  • Porcelain veneers require a little more TLC to prevent damage.
    • You might need to avoid certain foods that could stain your veneers, such as raw carrots.
    • Avoid habits that may break your veneers, such as chewing ice.
    • If you grind your teeth in your sleep, wearing a sleep guard will help protect your new smile.

Most patients do qualify for veneers, except in some instances, including the following:

    • Smokers
    • Patients with severely weakened teeth, gum disease, tooth decay, or missing teeth
    • Individual patients may require orthodontic treatment to create a stable and balanced occlusion before qualifying for veneers.

Also, since removing the structure or enamel your teeth cannot be reversed, Dr. Faiella may suggest other forms of treatment, particularly if your natural teeth still look and function reasonably well.