When you look in the mirror, are you unhappy with the reflection of your smile? If you want to restore your smile and keep it as natural-looking as possible, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Frantz Backer, DDS, and the team at Advanced Dentistry of New York in Jackson Heights, Queens, and Brooklyn Heights, New York City, use porcelain, a highly aesthetic material to replicate the natural look of their patients’ teeth. To see if you’re a candidate for porcelain veneers, make an appointment by calling the office today or booking one online.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a type of dental restoration used to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Veneers are custom-made shells that your dentist carefully affixes to the front of your natural, permanent teeth. In addition to making your teeth whiter and brighter, porcelain veneers restore balance and symmetry to your smile. They’re also natural-looking and blend in perfectly with your natural tooth enamel.

What types of issues can porcelain veneers correct?

Porcelain veneers can address a variety of cosmetic issues, including:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Smaller-than-average teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Pointed teeth
  • Unusually shaped teeth

Porcelain veneers can also correct gaps or spaces between your teeth.

What is the process for receiving porcelain veneers?

Receiving porcelain veneers usually takes two separate appointments. At your first appointment, the team at Advanced Dentistry of  NY performs an oral exam, asks about your goals for treatment, and reviews your medical history. If your teeth are healthy and have plenty of enamel, your dentist moves forward with treatment.

First, your dentist administers a local anesthetic. After the anesthesia sets in, your dentist shaves off a thin layer of enamel, approximately one millimeter thick. Next, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth. Your dentist sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your porcelain veneers.

Several weeks later, you return to Advanced Dentistry of New York. Prior to placing your veneers, your dentist thoroughly cleans your teeth. This prevents bacteria from getting caught underneath your veneers and causing decay. After cleaning your teeth, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, carefully lines up your porcelain veneers, and bonds them to the surface of your natural teeth. You leave the office roughly 90 minutes later with a beautiful, Hollywood-worthy smile.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

Porcelain veneers usually last an average of 10-15 years. To prevent damage, the team at Advanced Dentistry of New York recommends brushing and flossing regularly, visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam, and avoiding bad habits such as chewing on ice or biting your fingernails. If you don’t want your veneers to collect stains, you should also avoid drinking dark-colored beverages or using tobacco products.

If you dream of a healthy, white, and natural-looking smile, porcelain veneers may be able to help. Request an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of New York today by calling the office nearest to you or booking your visit online.