The Veneers Procedure
The porcelain veneers process begins with a complimentary consultation at which you and your dentist 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.
After the Veneers Procedure
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
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.
How can I manage my sensitivity after treatment?
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.
How will I know my veneers are a good fit prior to placement?
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.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
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.
How can porcelain veneers be used to provide a younger-looking facial appearance?
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 one of our cosmetic dentists to begin your smile makeover journey.