Dr. Cukier is an expert at bonding porcelain veneers to fix your chipped, crooked, misaligned or otherwise imperfect teeth. Veneers can help people who have suffered from bite issues because their teeth are misaligned. They can help fill unattractive spaces between your teeth. Veneers are perfect for those who have badly stained teeth. Veneers are stain resistant.
First of all, let’s get to the most basic question: what are porcelain veneers? When your teeth become either worn-down or receive small amounts of damage, your dentist may suggest porcelain veneers. They are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain that are contoured to your teeth, and bonded using a specialty blend of tooth concrete. They are completely permanent, and cannot be removed once applied to your teeth. Not unless they are worn-down over time.
These are one of the most common practices of any comprehensive smile makeover procedure; they bring luster back to your teeth, and help with any shortened or misshapen teeth. These can last you a lifetime, depending on how you care for them. Let’s get into everything you need to know about the process of getting your very own porcelain veneers.
Not everyone is a candidate for veneers. You need to have a consultation with your cosmetic dentist to see if you are a proper fit for them. Depending on any extensive damage or other issues you may have, your dentist may recommend them before you even bring the subject up. They are a fantastic means of restoring your smile, and protecting damaged teeth from further decay.
Every dentist office has a physical color comparison, using a lineup of real porcelain veneers. Everyone has a different shade of tooth color; even different shades of white. You can have your porcelain veneers color-matched to your existing teeth to create a seamless smile.
While your new porcelain veneers are being crafted in a laboratory offsite, you’ll need to personally be prepared to have them bonded to your existing teeth. This requires having your preexisting teeth shaved down slightly to allow for proper contouring. This process, while it sounds grueling, is extremely easy and causes no pain, and very little discomfort. You will feel an immense amount of pressure, and in a short amount of time, be ready for porcelain veneers. But there’s a bit of a catch.
Cosmetic dentists rarely shave down your teeth and apply porcelain veneers in the same day. In most cases, you’ll receive a temporary acrylic casing over your teeth. This can get you ready for the feeling of foreign tooth material in your mouth, while protecting your newly shaved-down tooth from the damages of wear and tear, or cavities.
When you’re finally ready and the veneers have come in, you’ll need those acrylics removed in order to allow your permanent veneers to be placed on. This is when you’ll receive tooth concrete and get to relax in the chair without any worry about procedures. You’ll feel that big surge of pressure again; this is the bonding process coming to a close. You’ve gone through all of these processes, and shortly, you’ll be able to view your brand new smile. Your porcelain veneers, when maintained properly, can last you a lifetime. Typically, veneers last standard patients for 10-15 years, but with maintenance and annual visits, you don’t have to fall into this statistic. And well designed and placed veneers can be stronger than real teeth. Dr. Cukier has yet to have to replace any.
Check out some before and after images of the work Dr. Cukier has performed for his satisfied patients.