Mask Minor Imperfections and Rejuvenate Your Smile
Porcelain Veneers Pittsburgh
A number of cosmetic dentistry options are available to treat aesthetic flaws. Some treatments are more comprehensive than others, however, making them better suited for dental complications requiring more complex solutions. For minor blemishes, slight malocclusion, or superficial damage such as chips or cracks, we utilize porcelain veneers at our Pittsburgh area practice. Effective, durable, and aesthetically pleasing, veneers are a popular treatment with patients looking to renew their smiles. If you are unhappy with your smile and are seeking a solution, porcelain veneers may be right for you. During an initial consultation, Dr. Edward Narcisi can discuss your goals with you in detail and determine whether you would make a good candidate. Please contact the Center for Dental Excellence today to schedule an appointment with our team.
Porcelain Veneers – A Summary
Porcelain veneers are dental prosthetics that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to mask cosmetic imperfections, including chips, cracks, stains, minor malocclusion (or misalignment), and conspicuous gaps. These wafer-thin shells are shaped like teeth and made from porcelain, which reflects light in the same manner as natural tooth enamel. As a result, porcelain veneers look just like natural teeth; once they are placed, they blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth, providing a beautiful, healthy-looking smile. It is important to note, however, that porcelain veneers are not well-suited to every patient. Veneers provide no actual support, so more severe complications will require alternate treatment options, such as crowns or dental implants. For purely cosmetic enhancement, however, there is perhaps no treatment more fit for the task.
Placing porcelain veneers typically requires two visits to our Pittsburgh area dental office. During your first visit, Dr. Narcisi will examine your mouth and prep the tooth or teeth to be treated. To create space for the veneers, and to prepare the surface of the tooth so that it accepts the bonding solution, a small amount of enamel will be removed. This process is irreversible, so if you have any hesitations or questions regarding this process, it is best to address them during your initial consultation. By removing an outer layer of enamel, dental cement has more abrasive strata to adhere to and the veneers can be placed flush with surrounding teeth. Dr. Narcisi will take an impression of your teeth. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory so that your veneers can be custom-fabricated. Temporary veneers will be worn in the interim.
Once your custom veneers are complete, you will return to our office for a second appointment. During this visit, your temporary veneers will be removed and your permanent porcelain veneers will be placed. This process is quick and pain-free. Dental cement will be placed on the back side of the prosthetic and the veneer will be applied to the surface of your tooth or teeth. Once in place, Dr. Narcisi will ensure that the tooth is secure and flush with surrounding teeth. Once secured in place, your veneers can be cared for in the same manner you would care for your natural teeth.
Risks and Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
The benefits of porcelain veneers go beyond the obvious cosmetic enhancements they provide. With a renewed smile, you will smile more often. This not only can have a profound impact on your demeanor and personality, it can also leave a lasting impression on the people around you and factor into their perspective of you. Our patients often experience improved self-confidence and self-esteem, and enjoy a greater quality of life thanks to a more sociable personality.
Before determining whether porcelain veneers are right for you, however, you should weigh the risks and benefits. The placement of porcelain veneers requires the removal of tooth enamel, and this process is irreversible. Though you will be able to replace your veneers, you will not be able to remove them, as the natural teeth are permanently altered. Though veneers are long-lasting and durable, the placement causes a small percentage of patients concern. If you are hesitant regarding this process, we invite you to voice your concerns with our team.
Learn More about Porcelain Veneers – Contact Dr. Narcisi
To learn if porcelain veneers are right for you, we invite you to our Pittsburgh dental office in Monroeville. We can explain the placement process in detail, educate you on alternative treatment options, determine if veneers would be right for you, and answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure or the prosthetics. Please contact Dr. Narcisi today to schedule an appointment.