Are Porcelain Veneers Suitable For You? | Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Alex Midtown NYC

Are Porcelain Veneers Suitable For You?

Porcelain Veneers

Talk of cosmetic dentistry today and you’ll most likely hear someone mention a thing or two about porcelain veneers. That’s because they are extremely popular for reasons you are about to find out. Before then though, it is important to first figure out what porcelain veneers are. In a nutshell, they are unique shells made of porcelain. They are tailored to fit your teeth so you can be sure your personal needs as far as cosmetic dentistry is concerned will be met once you opt for porcelain veneers. Read on to learn more.

What They Can Fix

Porcelain veneers are used for a wide range of cosmetic corrections. They can be used to fix gaps, crooked teeth, chipped or broken teeth and even to whiten yellow teeth. Think of veneers as the magic solution for your dental problem.  Note though that veneers are not permanent. Eventually, you will need to replace them. This should be after seven to as much as twenty years depending on how well you take care of them.

The Procedure

You may have to visit your dentist for 3 times at most to finish any porcelain veneer related procedure. Your first visit will be to mostly consult with your dentist. Your dentist will assess your situation and advise on the best solution available. The second and third visit will be to make and fit your porcelain veneers. During the process, your tooth enamel will be removed so as to accommodate the porcelain veneer. Then to ensure the shell looks natural, you will undergo a process referred to as bonding. This is where the veneer is temporarily placed on your tooth so as to examine the right fit and color. Finally, your tooth will be thoroughly polished cleaned and roughened before the veneer is fitted on the surface. The end result is a perfectly aligned set of teeth and of course, a beautiful smile.


The process is not painful at all. Like all other modern dental procedures though, you will feel slight discomfort as your dentist fits the veneers. Note that veneer shells are thin, which explains why there is usually no pain involved. Be sure to let your dentist know if for one reason or another you experience pain.

Porcelain And Ceramic Veneers

There is a difference between these two. Unlike ceramic veneers, porcelain veneers are smooth and appear natural. They also last longer. It is also worth noting that porcelain veneers surfaces do not get easily stained as is usually the case with ceramic veneers.

Porcelain Veneers Maintenance And Care

Maintaining your porcelain veneers should be easy. Avoid eating hard foods like hard candy, nuts, chips and toast. Chop up hard foods like apples, chocolate and pears if you have to eat them. Then by all means avoid biting your fingernails and any contact sport like boxing, football or rugby. Remember these measures are just for a while. Check with your dentist from time to time to be sure when you can resume your usual activities. Then be sure to observe oral hygiene as usual. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly.