Would you like to make a few changes to enhance your smile? Porcelain veneers may offer the perfect solution. Here at Frechtman Family Dental of Edison in Edison, NJ, your cosmetic dentists, Drs. Saul and David Frechtman, offer these popular restorations to improve the look of their patients—read on to learn more!
What are porcelain veneers?
Complicated dental procedures aren't the only options if you'd like to correct smile imperfections and flaws—veneers offer a simpler option. These thin tooth-shaped shells are attached to the fronts of your teeth with dental cement, hiding a variety of flaws.
Veneers are made of porcelain, a translucent material that looks just like tooth enamel. They're available in practically any shade of white imaginable, making the restorations a good choice whether you want to match the color of surrounding teeth or whiten your entire smile.
How are my teeth prepared for veneers?
Preparation entails that your cosmetic dentists removing a tiny amount of tooth enamel from the fronts of your teeth. Don't worry—this enamel removal is completely free from discomfort and doesn't affect the structure of your teeth.
Once the enamel has been removed, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. Technicians at a dental laboratory then use the impression to create restorations that look and feel natural.
Can porcelain veneers really help my smile?
Veneers conceal many types of aesthetic issues, including physical damage and discolorations. Do you have a tooth that looks a little unusual? Whether the problem is a bumpy surface or an odd shape, veneers can help. Adding a veneer to your tooth will conceal uneven surfaces or make a crooked or twisted tooth look perfectly straight. Finally, veneers can also add length to short teeth, making them a particularly good choice if your teeth have shortened due to nighttime grinding.
Interested? Give us a call
Renew your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your Edison, NJ, cosmetic dentists, Drs. Saul and David Frechtman of Frechtman Family Dental of Edison, today by dialing (732) 548-8600.
Want to disguise the stains in your smile?
Drs. Saul Frechtman and David Frechtman, your Edison, NJ, cosmetic dentist, can help improve this issue. They provide patients with dental veneers, a cosmetic procedure that rejuvenates and, in other cases, completes you smile.
A great smile has good tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Veneers are strong wafer-thin coverings made of porcelain that go over other surfaces to repair large chips and cracks. They substitute natural tooth enamel when bonded to the front surface of your teeth.
The dental porcelain is a great substitute for natural enamel because it's translucent and tough; it doesn't stain like tooth enamel. Your Edison cosmetic dentist removes enamel from the surface of your teeth, which is an irreversible process, before bonding the veneers.
In recent years, advanced dental technology nullified removal of enamel, and veneers constructed to be thin enough to bond directly onto your existing tooth surface.
Caring for Your Veneers:
Limitations of Porcelain Veneers:
Veneers are not a good option if:
If you have any questions or concerns regarding veneers, just call and schedule an appointment with Drs. Saul Frechtman and David Frechtman. Your Edison, NJ, cosmetic dentist can determine whether or not veneers are the right dental procedure for you.
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
Is there anything that radio and TV personality (and self-proclaimed “King of All Media”) Howard Stern doesn’t want to talk about in public? Maybe not — but it took a caller’s on-air question to get the infamous shock jock to open up about his own dental work.
When he was directly asked if his teeth were capped, Stern said no. “I redid ‘em [some time] ago… I had bonding and um… veneers… over my real teeth. But I don’t get that ‘Hollywood white’ though,” he said, before adding his uncensored opinion on the subject of proper tooth shades.
As we’re sure Stern would be the first to point out, everyone has a right to their own opinion. But we’re pleased that Howard brought up an important point about veneers: They are custom-made in a whole range of different shades, from a more ‘natural’ tooth color to a brilliant white shine. Which one you select depends on what look is right for you — and that’s your choice.
In case you aren’t familiar with veneers, they are fingernail-thin coverings made of porcelain, which are bonded onto the surfaces of the teeth. This enables them to hide a number of defects — like chips, discoloration, and even small irregularities in spacing. They can also be used to lengthen teeth that seem out of proportion to the gums, lips or other facial features.
Veneers are among the cosmetic dental treatments most favored by Hollywood stars… as well as regular folks who want a dramatic improvement in their smile. Unlike crowns (caps), which generally require extensive reshaping of the tooth, standard veneers require the removal of just fractions of a millimeter of tooth surface. That makes them a minimally invasive method of smile enhancement that can make a big difference in your appearance. In fact, veneers are often a major part of a complete “smile makeover.”
Dental veneers are custom made in a laboratory from a mold of your teeth. They are designed to fit your teeth perfectly — and to be just the shade you want. When you come in for a consultation, we will discuss what you like and don’t like about your smile, and how we might improve it. Will you opt to get the brilliant “red-carpet” smile you always wished for… or go for a subtle, more natural tooth color? Only you can decide.
Howard Stern’s veneers may be the most restrained thing about him… but we’re just glad that veneers helped him get the kind of smile he wanted. You can, too. If you would like more information on dental veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”