- What are porcelain veneers?
- What can porcelain veneers accomplish?
- How are porcelain veneers placed?
- How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Porcelain veneers from Princeton and New Jersey-area dentist Dr. Cortese are an excellent and natural-looking way to repair a variety of dental flaws. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are affixed to the fronts of the teeth to mask teeth that are crooked, chipped, cracked, or discolored. In as few as two visits to Dr. Cortese’s office, his patients can transform their smiles from ordinary to extraordinary.
What Can Porcelain Veneers Do?
Porcelain veneers are the modern, natural-looking way to mask a number of dental flaws. For some patients, Dr. Cortese can use porcelain veneers at his Princeton practice to straighten the appearance of crooked teeth! In addition to this, porcelain veneers can help Dr. Cortese repair the look of:
- Teeth that are too long or too short
- Teeth that are stained or discolored
- Recessed teeth
- Worn enamel
- Gaps or spaces between the teeth
- Uneven teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Teeth that are irregular in shape
Porcelain veneers fit naturally onto your teeth – above is an example of a shade guide used to pick the exact shade of bright whiteness right for you.
The Porcelain Veneers Process
The first step in the porcelain veneers process at the Princeton and Bucks County -area dentistry practice of Dr. Cortese is the smile makeover consultation, where patients discuss their goals with Dr. Cortese. Once a smile makeover plan has been established, Dr. Cortese will prepare the teeth to be treated by gently filing them down to make room for the veneers. Then, he will take an impression of the patient’s mouth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the patient’s porcelain veneers will be custom-crafted to exact specifications. The patient will be fitted with temporary veneers, and will return for the final porcelain veneers visit to Dr. Cortese’s Princeton practice when his or her veneers are complete. During the second porcelain veneers appointment, Dr. Cortese will place the patient’s veneers, making minute adjustments until the fit and appearance is perfect. He will then cement the veneers permanently into place, completing the process. At the end of just two appointments, the patient can enjoy a beautifully reconstructed smile.
Porcelain Veneers by Dr. Cortese May Correct Childhood Related Malocclusions
At one time, parents were encouraged to let their children use pacifiers into toddlerhood and sleep with baby bottles. That eventually led to the development of a variety of problems, including cavities and malocclusions. Unlike cavities in baby teeth, malocclusions were sometimes difficult to correct. At least until the invention of porcelain veneers.
Although porcelain has been around since 608, it wasn’t used to make veneers until the 1920s. It is widely accepted that the first ones were created by the man affectionately known as the “Dentist of the Stars.” He came up with a temporary version of the item for Hollywood talent to use during their on camera performances. In later years, his invention was perfected and expanded upon.
Nowadays, porcelain veneers may be used in adulthood to address malocclusions that may have occurred as a result of childhood habits (e.g. extended pacifier and bottle use). They may also be used to correct a multitude of other problems too. Among them are tooth erosion, discoloration, craze lines and chipping. Studies have shown that in the majority of those cases, with the right care, porcelain veneers have the potential to last a decade or more.
At Princeton Prosthodontics, Dr. Michael Cortese is well familiar with contemporary, porcelain veneers. He has spent years providing them to the patients that visit his cosmetic dentistry office in Princeton, New Jersey. Depending on the situation, Dr. Cortese may be able to resolve the dental problems that we mentioned previously, with porcelain veneers, in as little as two visits. The first smile makeover appointment is designed to help Dr. Cortese get the information that he needs to make a good-looking set of porcelain veneers. The second smile makeover meeting typically involves applying the porcelain veneers and making sure that the patient is happy with the results.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are tiny dental restorations composed of layers of porcelain. They are slipped over the surface of the teeth and bonded into place to improve the teeth’s appearance.
What can porcelain veneers accomplish?
Porcelain veneers are typically used to mask dental imperfections and create uniformity among the teeth. These thin, small pieces of porcelain can hide small chips, cracks, stains or discoloration; they can also improve the size or shape of a tooth. Veneers may also be used in certain cases to protect the surface of damaged teeth.
How are porcelain veneers placed?
Veneers are usually placed during two appointments. The first appointment involves an examination and diagnosis of the specific problem(s). Any existing oral health problems are addressed before proceeding with veneer treatment. The color and shape of the veneers is planned out, and this information is sent to the dental laboratory responsible for constructing the restorations.
Once the permanent veneers are ready, a small bit of natural tooth structure may need to be removed to prepare the teeth for veneer placement. The veneers are placed over the teeth and bonded into place with a strong dental adhesive. Last-minute modifications can be made for proper fit and comfort.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
The cost of treatment with veneers varies, depending on the number of veneers, material and other factors. The best way to ascertain the cost of veneers is to meet with a cosmetic dentist for a personal consultation and discuss your specific goals of treatment.
Contact Dr. Cortese for Affordable Porcelain Veneers
In the Princeton and Bucks County area, porcelain veneers with Dr. Michael Cortese are the right choice for patients who want to update their smiles. If you are tired of hiding teeth that are chipped, stained, or crooked, give Princeton Prosthodontics a call to schedule your complimentary porcelain veneers consultation with Dr. Cortese.