smile gallery

Meet the doctor

Meet our staff

Our blog icon



Posts for tag: veneers

By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Your best smile--is it really possible? You have some deep stains and a gap in between your two front teeth. Habitually, you cover them veneersbecause you feel self-conscious. But, your dentists in Niskayuna, NY, Dr. Kent Molino and Dr. Todd Vaccaro, offer a cosmetic treatment perfect for your situation. Called porcelain veneers, these tooth-shaped shells of ceramic cover a variety of enamel defects. Read more about this beautiful way to refinish your smile.

Porcelain veneers and you

You may be a good match for each other. Dr. Vaccaro or Dr. Molino will examine your teeth and gums to find out. Your teeth and gums should be free of decay and gum disease. If they are, the dentist will take oral impressions and prepare your teeth with a limited enamel resurfacing. He'll place temporary veneers and send a treatment plan to the dental lab where a skilled ceramist will craft each veneer individually.

On your return visit, your Niskayuna dentist will remove your temporary veneers, treat your teeth with an etching liquid and then place the veneers. He'll look at the shape, fit and color match. Then, he'll apply a special bonding adhesive which the dentist may adjust in shade to blend in with neighboring teeth. Finally, he completes the process with a curing light which ensures a strong bond.

Uses of porcelain veneers

They disguise many dental flaws, including:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Chips
  • Hairline cracks
  • Odd tooth shape and uneven length
  • Deep stains which do not respond to professional whitening

Additionally, veneers strengthen teeth which have thin enamel or which have lost a fair amount their structure due to oral trauma. However, veneers do not require the extensive enamel reshaping which dental crowns do.

Caring for your veneers

Brushing and flossing are no different--with or without veneers. Follow American Dental Association guidelines: floss daily and brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush. Also, see Dr. Molino and Dr. Vaccaro as usual every six months for a cleaning and check-up. Your dentist will make sure your veneers are solidly in place and that your gums are healthy.

Avoid things which stress tooth surfaces: eating hard foods and opening bottles with your teeth are examples. If you grind your teeth, consider a customized bite guard to cushion your smile.

Also, while veneers are stain resistant, limit coffee, blueberries and other dark menu choices, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Eliminate cigarettes and chewing tobacco, too, to keep veneers bright and your health vibrant. With good care, your porcelain veneers in Niskayuna should last for a decade or more.

A great smile

It could be within your reach. Find out the details on porcelain veneers during a personal smile consultation with Dr. Molino or Dr. Vaccaro in Niskayuna, NY. Call the office today for an appointment: (518) 377-3628.

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.