Porcelain veneers offer a simple solution to a number of cosmetic oral flaws, from chips and cracks to discoloration and gaps between teeth. Board-certified dentist Dr. Mark Roisman, located in Westport, Connecticut, has 20 years of experience in beautifying smiles with the help of porcelain veneers. Call Dr. Roisman to learn whether porcelain veneers are right for you.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells used to cover a number of aesthetic tooth flaws. The porcelain material is translucent like your own teeth, and it can be shaped and tinted to blend in with your surrounding teeth so that they are virtually indistinguishable from one another.
Dr. Roisman uses porcelain veneers to correct such aesthetic oral flaws as:
This is generally a two-visit procedure. During the first visit, Dr. Roisman prepares your tooth for the veneer by removing a very small amount of the surface material from its front surface. This ensures that the veneer will rest at the same level as your other teeth, preventing it from not lining up evenly and looking unnatural. Next, Dr. Roisman creates a 3D digital scan of your tooth from which your permanent veneer will be custom fabricated. In the meantime, he will affix a temporary veneer to protect your tooth. At the second visit, Dr. Roisman removes the temporary veneer, cleans the tooth, and applies your permanent veneer. Lastly, he’ll shape and buff the veneer for a perfect fit.
With good basic oral hygiene, a veneer can last a decade, or even longer. They are stain-resistant, so you needed worry about discoloration or staining. Still, like your other teeth, those with veneers should be brushed at least twice a day and flossed at least once a day. It’s also important to visit Dr. Roisman office twice a year for a routine cleaning and examination and never use your teeth to open or cut items (that’s what scissors are for) and avoid chewing on hard items like ice or popcorn Kernels. Doing so can crack veneers, as well as, any of your teeth.