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By The Scarsdale Dentist
February 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Some people have smile irregularities which don't threaten their oral health and function. Still, these issues may make someone veneersembarrassed 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.

By The Scarsdale Dentist
June 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Veneers  

You know your smile could use a little enhancement. You have a chipped front tooth and a few small, but unsightly, gaps between some bottom Veneersteeth. Thankfully, the teeth are healthy, but you'd like them to look their very best. Dr. Jeffrey Pike, your Westchester dentist, uses porcelain veneers to cover those little annoying flaws that add up to a less than perfect smile. In just two visits to The Scarsdale Dentist, you could receive a permanent and dramatically beautiful change to your teeth.

What are porcelain veneers?

They are super-thin, tooth-colored and tooth-shaped shells of high-quality porcelain. Made according to your Westchester dentist's specific instructions, veneers are bonded permanently to the front of teeth marred by deep stains, gaps, crowding, odd shape, hairline cracks and chips that are too large for composite resin repair.

To decide if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic choice, Dr. Pike visually inspects the patient's teeth and gums and takes X-rays. This examination ensures the individual's mouth is healthy enough for treatment with veneers.

With a decision made to go ahead, Dr. Pike removes a small portion of enamel from each tooth. This resurfacing ensures a strong bond and a good fit with the new veneers. Also, the dentist takes digital impressions and sends a treatment plan to an outside dental lab where the veneers are fabricated one by one. To protect the teeth in the meantime, he places temporary veneers which remain in place until the permanent ones are fitted and bonded.

On the return visit to The Scarsdale Dentist, Dr. Pike removes the temporary veneers. He uses a special adhesive to attach the veneers. This "glue" is exceptionally strong and helps the doctor match the color of the veneers to surrounding teeth.

Basically, that's all the veneer procedure involves. At-home care is the same as with untreated teeth: brush twice a day for two minutes with a soft brush according to the guidelines set by the American Dental Association. Also, floss once a day to keep teeth and gums free of plaque and tartar.

They have many advantages

In short, porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile and lifelike cosmetic dental treatments offered by today's finest cosmetic dentists, such as Dr. Pike. This Westchester dentist also praises porcelain veneers for their:

  • Individualized smile improvement
  • Natural appearance
  • Use with other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain crowns, teeth whitening, and composite resin bonding
  • Durability (with good care, they last ten years or more)
  • Quick and dramatic results

Looking for an improved smile?

If you want to show a big, bright smile you can be proud of, contact The Scarsdale Dentist and his team for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Bring your questions and your smile goals, and Dr. Pike will devise a treatment plan just right for you. For an appointment, please call (914) 725-0707.

By The Scarsdale Dentist
February 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Some patients have to wait years and go to many dental appointments to get the beautiful smile that they’ve always wanted. If waiting that long simply isn’t an option for you, talk to your dentist about dental veneers. With veneers, you get a big difference in the appearance of your smile with a very small procedure that can be completed in about two or three appointments. Learn more about veneers from your Scarsdale, NY dentist.Dental Veneers

What Is a Veneer?
A veneer is a covering placed over the surface of a tooth to make it look more attractive, whiter and more naturally shaped. It’s commonly made of porcelain, which is a very tough and durable material that resembles natural tooth enamel. The veneer resists staining and fixes a number of common cosmetic problems, including chipping, gaps and ridges in the teeth.

What Will Happen at the Veneer Appointment?
When it’s clear that veneers can help your smile, the next step is to get your teeth prepared for them. The preparation process involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the front of the tooth to make room for the veneer and ensure a proper bond. Since a veneer is as thin as a contact lens, less than a millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of the tooth. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth so that a proper veneer can be made. At the final appointment, the veneer is bonded and shaped to perfection.

How Long Will this New Smile Last?
Veneers are a wonder of cosmetic dentistry not just because they give you a big difference in your smile with a small procedure, but also because they are long-lasting. Once a porcelain veneer is bonded, it can last for as long as 20 years—maybe even longer. It’s important to treat your veneers with as much TLC as your other teeth to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

How Do You Care for Veneers?
The veneer has a strong bond to your tooth, but you have to keep it clean and free from plaque buildup to ensure its ongoing health and resilience. Brush around all surfaces of the tooth and floss between the teeth daily. Avoid biting hot foods (or drinking hot beverages) with your veneers as much as possible and drink less sugary beverages. One of the most important things to remember after you get veneers is to keep up with twice-yearly appointments for cleanings and checkups.

Contact your Scarsdale, NY Dentist

Veneers can give your smile a makeover that you never imagined was possible, and it only takes one small dental procedure to make a big difference. Call your Scarsdale, NY dentist for a veneers appointment today.