Porcelain veneers can enhance your smile and conceal several types of cosmetic imperfections. When you receive porcelain veneers from our Denville, NJ practice, technicians will typically craft your restorations at our in-house lab. Next, Dr. Stephen Lashen , Dr. Jessica Klein, or Dr. Jason Klein will attach the thin porcelain shells to your teeth to achieve a look of health, symmetry, and charisma. At Lashen Dental Group, we also offer the convenience of same-day veneers. This treatment may be a good option if you do not qualify for porcelain veneers, and it can address most of the same concerns. Both treatments can thoroughly enhance your appearance, giving you a smile that helps you look and feel amazing.
Porcelain and composite veneers can achieve a wide range of aesthetic effects. Your dentist may recommend veneers to:
As a candidate for porcelain veneers, you must have a sufficient amount of healthy dental tissue. If you have suffered enamel erosion or if your teeth have been damaged by decay, composite veneers may be more appropriate.
If you choose traditional porcelain veneers, your dentist will first carefully trim a thin layer of enamel from the surfaces of the teeth you wish to treat. With our gentle techniques and local anesthesia, you can expect a comfortable preparation process. Your dentist will use our digital CAD/CAM technology to take impressions of the teeth. These images will be very precise, and the process will be much faster and more comfortable than taking manual impressions. Our onsite lab can then use these images to create your one-of-a-kind veneers. The technicians will use advanced dental materials to make sure that your veneers have a realistic color and shine.
The veneers will blend seamlessly with your teeth, and if you care for them properly, the porcelain could last ten years or more.
It will usually take about two weeks for the lab to create your veneers. In the meantime, we can provide temporary veneers to prevent dental sensitivity. Once the permanent veneers are finished, your dentist will lightly etch your teeth, increasing the surface area for the bonding agent. Finally, he or she will coat your teeth in the bonding agent and attach the veneers.
After this final stage of treatment, you can expect a stunning smile. The veneers will blend seamlessly with your teeth. With proper care, the porcelain could last ten years or more. Best of all, with your enhanced appearance, you can also enjoy a greater sense of self-confidence.
Composite veneers can be a good option if you do not have enough dental enamel to undergo the initial preparatory stages of treatment required for traditional veneers. Your dentist can also use composite veneers to help you determine if you wish to pursue traditional veneers in the future. During this treatment, your dentist will lightly etch your teeth with a mild solution, creating invisible grooves in your dental enamel. This process will create additional surface area so the composite bonding material can adhere to your teeth more strongly. Next, the dentist will choose a color of resin that matches your smile. Your dentist will coat your teeth in the composite, sculpting it to hide imperfections and create a shape that achieves symmetry in your smile. Using a curing light, he or she will harden the material. Finally, your dentist will polish your teeth to give the composite a natural-looking shine.
Composite bonding is a quick, non-invasive treatment that does not typically require any local anesthesia. It is also reversible, since it will not affect your healthy dental enamel. Composite veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Nevertheless, this treatment can be a good option if you are on a budget, unsure about traditional veneers, or if dental erosion has disqualified you from porcelain veneers.
To learn more about veneers and to find out if they are right for you, contact Lashen Dental Group today. Our dentists will take careful note of what you hope to achieve, and assess your oral health to make the best recommendation for you.