Porcelain veneers can provide a custom smile makeover that is stable, strong, and long lasting. Porcelain veneers are often the perfect solution for tooth damage, cosmetic flaws, stained teeth, and gaps between teeth. Dr. Gittleman will enhance your smile by crafting them from ultra thin high-quality ceramic materials.
Your dentist can place porcelain veneers on a single tooth or many teeth. We can address a wide range of cosmetic and dental health concerns. Porcelain veneers offer years of gorgeous smiles and will support great long-term dental health.
Skilled and experienced in creating healthy, beautiful smiles, Dr. Victor Gittleman is a leading cosmetic and restorative dentist in Morristown. Dr. Gittleman can improve your smile over the course of two to three office visits with this cosmetic dental treatment. He has the training and skill to provide a smile makeover that can meet your oral health and aesthetic needs with brilliant results. Dr. Gittleman focuses on the integrity of your result during all phases of treatment by using modern digital software, and working closely with both the patient and dental lab.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is custom-made to fit over the front and sides of a tooth. It is designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth by altering its color, shape, size, or length.
Dr. Gittleman will bond the dental veneer to a tooth with a special adhesive, providing a durable and long-lasting cosmetic solution. Porcelain mimics the natural translucency and gloss of tooth enamel. This is what makes porcelain veneers a popular choice for patients seeking a natural-looking cosmetic dental solution.
Porcelain veneers can address the below cosmetic concerns:
- Stained teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Uneven or misaligned teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Teeth with surface cracks
- Worn-down teeth
What To Expect During The Porcelain Veneers Process
The first step on the journey to a gorgeous and confident new smile is a consult with Dr. Gittleman. He will check the state of your teeth and discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations with you. We will help you decide if porcelain veneers are the right choice for you. First we will take digital x-rays. They are a key part of the information-gathering aspect of treatment planning. This ensures that there are no other dental concerns that could impact your outcome.
The ideal candidate for porcelain veneer should have the below traits:
- Healthy teeth that are free of decay
- No existing gum disease
- Good amount of healthy tooth enamel
- No trace of teeth grinding
- Well-aligned bite
Next, Dr. Gittleman will create a diagnostic wax-up of your new smile. This is an important step in the process of placing porcelain veneers. It serves two main purposes:
- A visual representation of what to expect for the patient.
- A diagnostic tool for evaluating how the dental repair will affect nearby teeth and the function of the bite.
At the second visit, we will discuss the wax-up and make changes. Then, Dr. Gittleman will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of enamel from its surface. He will not compromise the entire tooth structure. We are able to make temporary dental veneers in our office, and place them after tooth prep. Temporaries will protect your teeth and give you the chance to “try out” your new smile while the dental lab completes the final restoration.
At the final visit in your treatment process, Dr. Gittleman will place and permanently adhere your new porcelain veneers to your tooth or teeth. The attention to detail in the treatment planning and wax-up phase creates the base for a successful result and a beautiful, comfortable new smile.
At the final placement visit, we will provide daily oral hygiene and care instructions for your new dental veneers. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new veneers.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Porcelain veneers can help you achieve a flawless smile. To learn more about this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment, ready through the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about porcelain veneers that we get asked. Here we provide comprehensive insight about dental veneers so you can make an informed decision about your cosmetic treatment. Contact our dental office if you have further questions or concerns.
Are porcelain veneers permanent?
Yes, for all intents and purposes porcelain veneers are a permanent restoration. They are not removable by the patient, or interchangeable. However, your dentist may remove them on rare occasions. If they are removed, your dentist may not be able to reattach them and will have to provide you with brand new ones. Porcelain veneers are thin shells, so it can be difficult to remove them without hurting them.
Will porcelain veneers raise my risk of developing cavities or tooth decay?
No. Porcelain veneers are made of a safe material that does not lend to tooth decay. Your veneers actually act as a barrier, protecting the front of your teeth. Although there is a small chance of developing cavities under your veneers. For example, in very rare cases where the dentist did not address a cavity before placing the veneer.
Can my porcelain veneers become stained?
No, dental veneers are highly stain-resistant because the material does not absorb color. They will not become stained like natural teeth, and you can not whiten them with teeth whitening procedures. For this reason, we advise that you get a teeth whitening treatment before getting veneers.
How long will my porcelain veneers last?
Your porcelain veneers are meant to last between 10 to 15 years. However, with proper care, they can last even longer. Their longevity depends on how well you take care of your oral health. Also, avoid hard foods and using your teeth as tools which can chip the veneers. If you grind your teeth at night, wear a night guard.
Can I whiten my dental veneers?
You cannot whiten dental veneers with traditional teeth whitening treatments or products. They are made from porcelain which does not respond to bleaching agents. If your teeth veneers become stained over time, consult with your dentist about your options. This may include polishing the veneers or replacing them to match your desired tooth color.
Are porcelain veneers reversible?
Porcelain veneers are not considered reversible because the treatment involves removing a small amount of enamel from the front surface of your teeth. Once your dentist removes enamel, it cannot be replaced. This is why the procedure is irreversible. However, we can replace your dental veneers in the future with new veneers or a different dental restoration.
Do porcelain veneers feel like natural teeth?
Yes, porcelain veneers are designed to feel like natural teeth. They are custom-made to fit snugly over your existing teeth. Porcelain is similar to natural tooth enamel texture, smoothness, and appearance. After your dentist bonds the dental veneers to your teeth, they will look and function like the rest of your teeth. You will be able to eat, talk, and smile comfortably.
Can porcelain veneers break?
Yes, even though porcelain veneers are quite durable and designed to last many years, they can break under the right circumstances. Biting down on hard objects, teeth grinding, trauma to the face, and contact sports can all damage your dental veneers. Avoid chewing or biting down on anything hard and never use your teeth as tools. Wear a mouthguard and nightguard for extra protection for your teeth.
Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers in Morristown, NJ
At Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry, we proudly serve patients in Morristown, Madison, Chatham, Mendham, and surrounding communities. As one of the leading cosmetic dentists near you in Morristown, Dr. Gittleman offers the highest quality dentistry and personalized solutions for patients who want to enhance their natural smiles.
Do you want to learn how porcelain veneers can give you a personalized smile makeover? Explore your treatment options during a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Gittleman. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 287-3337 or request an appointment online today.