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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Have you been considering veneers but aren't sure if they're the right choice for you? Dr. Todd Vaccaro and Dr. Kent Molino, your veneersNiskayuna, NY dentists, answer a few commonly asked questions about veneers.

What are veneers?

Veneers are an innovative cosmetic dentistry option that hide imperfections under a thin layer of porcelain bonded to teeth. Since veneers are added to the fronts on teeth only, they don't require extensive dental work. Porcelain is usually used in veneers because it reflects light in the same way tooth enamel does.

Will veneers help me?

Veneers are an excellent choice if your teeth are healthy but just have a few flaws. They're also a good option if you have chips in teeth, or the surface of your teeth are pitted or uneven. Veneers can also hide discolorations that can occur if you've taken tetracycline or other strong antibiotics in the past or if large fillings or other dental procedures have discolored a tooth.

Do you dislike the gap between your front teeth? Although orthodontic treatment can close the gap, there's no need to spend several years wearing braces if your gap is small and doesn't interfere with your bite. When you add veneers to your front teeth, annoying little gaps disappear.

Veneers are also used to make problem teeth blend in with the rest of your smile. If one tooth is pointed, twisted or too short, adding a veneers offers a simple way to transform your smile.

How long does it take to get a veneer?

You'll need two treatment sessions if your choose veneers. During your first appointment, your Niskayuna dentist will prepare the fronts of your teeth to make sure the new veneers fit well without being too bulky. After preparing the teeth, he'll make impressions of your mouth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory that will create your veneers. If you want your new veneer to match the color of your other teeth, your dentist will select a shade that closely matches your natural tooth color. If veneers are used for all-over whitening, your dentist will ask you to select the shade you prefer.

In a week or two, you'll return to the office and be fitted with your new veneers. After your dentist makes a few adjustments, he'll bond them to your teeth and you can begin to enjoy your new smile.

Improve your smile with veneers. Find out if veneers are a good option for you by calling Dr. Vaccaro and Dr. Molino, your Niskayuna, NY dentists, at (518) 377-3628 to schedule an appointment.