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Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey is pleased to provide our patients with beautiful porcelain veneers – one of the most sophisticated cosmetic dentistry treatments available. We provide traditional veneers as well as LUMINEERS®, a brand of no-prep veneers. Veneers don’t just improve the smile; they completely transform it by concealing flaws in the teeth with tiny porcelain shells that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth. Veneers provide beautiful, lasting results; visit our Smile Makeover Gallery to see some porcelain veneers before and after pictures, and contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey for more information on how you, too, can obtain the smile of your dreams with veneers.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells made of translucent porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of teeth to conceal flaws. The porcelain is incredibly durable and so realistic-looking that veneers are indistinguishable from natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are a more conservative option than porcelain crowns, since they require less tooth structure to be removed. When a patient receives a smile makeover with veneers, he or she can expect straighter, whiter, and more even-looking teeth – a complete smile transformation.
Because of the many benefits of porcelain veneers, they are a popular choice among our patients. Among these benefits is the fact that porcelain veneers can camouflage a range of dental problems, including:
Crooked teeth – Veneers are bonded to the surfaces of teeth to make them appear straight and perfectly aligned without traditional braces.
Discoloration – Veneers cover discoloration and stains and are crafted to match the natural teeth flawlessly. This makes them a longer-lasting alternative to teeth whitening.
Worn teeth – If a tooth is worn down, we can have veneers crafted to add length to the tooth, making the smile look younger and stronger.
Chipped teeth – Porcelain veneers completely conceal chips and other imperfections in the tooth, providing a beautiful, unblemished result.
Veneers can also be used as a non-invasive wrinkle eraser; by improving the way in which the teeth support the lips and surrounding skin, veneers can diminish wrinkles and provide a more youthful appearance.
If you would like to make your smile over, contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey, to schedule a porcelain veneers consultation.
The porcelain veneers process begins with a complimentary consultation at which you and Drs. Romano or Bizzarro will discuss the placement procedure and the types of veneers available. If you do in fact choose to have your smile made over with veneers, you will return for a second visit to our office to have the porcelain veneers placed. We offer advanced pain management options, including sedation dentistry, to make the process as comfortable and pain-free as possible. If you are receiving traditional veneers, the dentist will begin this visit by administering a local anesthesia (the LUMINEERS® placement process is slightly different). He will then carefully remove a small portion of the tooth to accommodate the veneer. Next, he will make a mold of the teeth and mouth, which he will send to the dental laboratory that will craft the veneers. Finally, he will place a temporary veneer, which you will wear until the permanent version is ready, at which point you will return to our office to have the veneers placed. During this visit, the dentist will apply a local anesthesia before removing the temporary veneers. He will then bond the permanent veneers to the teeth and buff them to a shine.
If, after veneers placement, you experience some tooth sensitivity, it will generally diminish within two weeks. Although porcelain veneers are quite durable, you should avoid grinding your teeth or biting down on hard objects or foods (ie. ice and nuts) to prolong their usefulness. It is also important to practice proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing and regular dental exams. With proper upkeep, porcelain veneers can last for many years.
When appropriate, we can provide LUMINEERS® – no-prep veneers that do not require reduction of the natural tooth. LUMINEERS® are super-thin (about the size of a contact lens) and are bonded directly to the surface of the tooth. If you are interested in LUMINEERS®, one of our cosmetic dentists will discuss this option with you to determine whether it is the best choice for your smile makeover.
The cost of porcelain veneers varies according to the details of each patient’s treatment plan. Unique factors, such as the number of veneers, placement location, and the amount of tooth preparation necessary will determine the final cost estimate. Rest assured that you will know the full cost prior to starting any treatment, and a member of our dental team will be available to discuss the range of financial options we offer. At Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey, we wish to provide high-quality dental care to as many patients as possible and thereby accept a variety of payment methods and financing options to suit your budgetary needs.
After the porcelain veneer procedure, it is normal to feel sensitivity in the treated area(s). It can generally be managed well with over-the-counter pain medication; however, utilizing Sensodyne® toothpaste, fluoride rinses, and other hygiene products specifically designed to address sensitivity can help alleviate any further discomfort. Additionally, taking care to avoid very hot or very cold food and drinks following treatment can ensure that your tooth sensitivity is not exacerbated.
At Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey, our porcelain veneers are custom-designed in an advanced dental laboratory from a precise mold of your teeth. Using this impression to craft your veneers, they can be made to fit your exact tooth shape and bite. Once the veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth with the expert technique of our cosmetic dentists, your veneers should fit comfortably and naturally. With the exception of some temporary post-treatment sensitivity, patients are typically unable to see or feel a difference between their veneers and natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are designed to be a long-term investment that can last for years with good oral hygiene and routine cleanings. With proper care, they can provide a dazzling smile for decades. A few simple measures that can be taken to further extend the lifespan of porcelain veneers include wearing a mouthguard at night (in the case that teeth grinding and clenching during sleep is a concern), and taking care with consumption of hard nuts, candy, and other tough foods that can cause damage to the veneer.
Signs of aging in the lower face are often most apparent in wrinkles, facial lines, and the appearance of the teeth. Using advanced techniques in aesthetic dentistry, our cosmetic dentists can strategically manipulate the dimensions of porcelain veneers to decrease the prominence of wrinkles and provide whiter, younger-looking teeth. For example, slightly enlarging the size of a veneer can often smooth the look of laugh lines, thereby allowing the veneer to act as a non-invasive wrinkle remover. Furthermore, extending the length of a veneer can rejuvenate teeth that appear short, worn, and aged, and restore them to a fuller appearance. These techniques can be utilized to diminish aesthetic aging concerns and create a more youthful look in the lower face.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers, contact Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey. We can schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Romano or Dr. Bizzarro to begin your smile makeover journey.