Some people have smile irregularities which don't threaten their oral health and function. Still, these issues may make someone embarrassed to show their smiles publicly. If this sounds like your situation, why not consult The Scarsdale Dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Pike, in Scarsdale, NY? He offers many cosmetic dentistry treatments which radically improve smile aesthetics. One of them is porcelain veneers.
Your best smile
You want to return to the white, even smile you once had. A few chips and some deep stains definitely need correction. During an individualized consultation with Dr. Pike, you can learn how to meet your smile goals.
For defects too large for teeth whitening processes, cosmetic contouring or composite resin bonding, Dr. Pike may suggest smile enhancement with porcelain veneers. Veneers cover defects beautifully, but they do not require substantial enamel reduction the way dental crowns do. In fact, the dentist only removes a thin sliver of hard structure in order to place these customized shells of thin, translucent ceramic.
Do you qualify for porcelain veneers?
You do if you have healthy teeth and gums and wish to disguise flaws such as:
- Small gaps
- Mild crowding
- Odd tooth shape or length
- Dark, intractable stains
- Surface pitting
Dr. Pike will evaluate your smile with visual inspection and X-rays. Then, he'll work up a treatment plan to place veneers which look perfect for your smile width and height, for your overall facial appearance and for your smile preferences. (For instance, some people like their teeth to look more square at the corners while others prefer rounded edges.)
The veneer treatment
It takes three appointments with The Scarsdale Dentist: one for evaluation and treatment planning, one for enamel reduction, oral impressions and placement of temporary veneers, and a third to bond the permanent veneers on your teeth. Dr. Pike uses a strong, tooth-colored cement and hardens it with a curing light. The bonding process actually strengthens the natural enamel besides giving it beautiful shape, shade and texture.
Additionally, your finished veneers are stain- and chip-resistant. However, you should avoid chewing ice and hard foods or tearing packages open with your teeth. Routine flossing and brushing at home, along with your six-month check-ups and cleanings at the office, are a must to maintain the health of your veneers and your smile overall.
Look like you--only better!
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry praises porcelain veneers for their customized contours, color and realism. Change your smile and your personal outlook with porcelain veneers from Dr. Jeffrey Pike at The Scarsdale Dentist. For more information, call the office at (914) 725-0707.