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Porcelain Veneers – Parsippany, NJ

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Do you have an annoying gap between your front teeth? What about stubborn stains that don’t seem to go away no matter how many teeth whitening products you use? Or chips or cracks that make you embarrassed to smile in front of others? Luckily, there is a treatment that can address all these issues at once – porcelain veneers from our Parsippany, NJ cosmetic dentist. If you’re ready to improve your smile with this easy treatment, call Rauchberg Dental Group today to schedule a FREE consultation!

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Animated smile with porcelain veneers placed on row of front teeth

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells of dental ceramic that are designed to sit flush against the front surfaces of your teeth. Once we file down a small sliver of enamel to make room, the veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth that you want to repair with powerful dental cement.

Each veneer is made from dental porcelain, which is used because of its enamel-like qualities. It even reflects light in the exact same way that your natural teeth do. At your consultation, we can take impressions to determine the exact size, shape, and color of your veneers to correct your cosmetic imperfections while still appearing perfectly natural.

What Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Correct?

Woman's smile compared with porcelain veneer shade chart

Because these ceramic shells cover up the visible surface of your teeth, they can correct virtually any aesthetic problem, such as:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Minor gaps
  • Stains or discoloration
  • Worn-down or stubby teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth

Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

Man's smile compared with porcelain veneer shade chart

In the past you may have tried other cosmetic treatments that didn’t deliver the long-lasting results you wanted. In that case, porcelain veneers may be just the treatment you need. However, before they can be placed, it’s imperative that your oral health is in good condition. This means that if your affected teeth have cavities or if you have gum disease, we’ll have to address those issues prior to placing veneers.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

Closeup of smile compared with porcelain veneer shade chart

There are many advantages to improving your smile with veneers, including:

  • Correcting many smile flaws at once
  • Only taking two appointments to place
  • Being highly resistant to stains
  • Being able to last quite a long time with proper care

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Animated smile during placement of a single porcelain veneer

Depending on how regularly you practice oral hygiene and care, your veneers can last for up to 15 years. Your veneers can become damaged from teeth grinding, using your teeth as a tool, injury, or biting objects that can damage porcelain (like ice, fingernails, or hard candies). This makes them more susceptible to staining in the long term and could put your natural teeth beneath them at-risk of developing oral problems. That’s why it’s crucial to practice caution while biting down on items, address bad oral habits, and keep up with your routine oral hygiene.

Veneers FAQs

Woman smiling with veneers in Parsippany

If you’re looking to dramatically make over your smile, veneers could be the perfect solution for you. However, they are quite an investment, so it pays to be well-informed before committing to them. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about veneers in Parsippany. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.

Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers are not technically permanent because they will eventually need to be replaced. However, they are considered to be irreversible. To make sure that the veneers fit properly on the teeth, small amounts of enamel have to be removed. Since removed enamel does not grow back, teeth that are prepared in this way will always need to be covered with either crowns or veneers.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

Veneers that are made from porcelain are stain-resistant. Porcelain is a nonporous material, so the particles in dark-colored foods and beverages have a harder time slipping beneath the surface. Ultimately, you should be able to drink your morning cup of coffee without worrying too much about staining your veneers. Just keep in mind that veneers are not stain-proof, so excessive consumption of coffee could still have a negative impact. Moderation is key!

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

Some people have trouble pronouncing certain words when they first get veneers, resulting in a temporary lisp. This is partially due to muscle memory, as the tongue isn’t used to accounting for the presence of veneers when you talk. The tiny difference in thickness affects the way that your tongue moves. Fortunately, the tongue will eventually adjust on its own, although practicing the pronunciation of certain sounds can make a difference.

How Many Veneers Will I Need?

The goal of dental veneers is for all of your visible teeth to match, so you will receive an appropriate number of veneers to accomplish that goal. Some patients opt for a single veneers to cover a cracked or broken tooth, while others get anywhere between 6 and 12 for a more dramatic smile makeover.

Can You Whiten Veneers?

Whitening procedures do not have any effect on veneers even if they’ve been stained, so you’ll need to have them either replaced or shaded instead. However, whitening treatment will still affect the teeth around the veneers, and as a result the tone of your smile can become uneven. If you’re planning on having both whitening and veneers done, you should start with whitening so that your veneers can be color matched to your teeth as they currently appear.