Do you smile with a closed mouth in photographs? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, as many as 81% of the U.S. adult population believe that their teeth look unattractive in photographs, and so keeping your mouth closed in photos is more common than you probably think.
Teeth are our most noticeable features, and a smile is arguably one of the most important social actions that we can offer. People who smile seem more friendly, kind and honest, and teeth that are white and beautiful are often considered the hallmarks of health, happiness and success. Unfortunately, many people are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth find that they experience a range of psychological effects including low self-esteem and confidence, depression and even social anxiety. Some may even go out of their way to avoid professional or social situations so that they can avoid showing their teeth.
Thankfully, there is no longer any need to live with anything left than a perfect smile. Porcelain veneers are just one cosmetic dentistry solution that allows patients the opportunity to change an aspect of their teeth and transform their smile.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that is designed to alter the appearance of the outer enamel of your teeth. Each set of veneers comprises of custom-designed porcelain shells that sit over the outer enamel. Every veneer is created and applied individually so that you can have the most natural and aesthetically pleasing smile transformation possible.
Porcelain veneers process and procedure
Porcelain veneers usually require several appointments with your dentist. After your initial consultation, where veneers have been recommended and agreed with Dr. Choi, you will have a follow-up appointment during which a thorough examination of your teeth is carried out, including precise measurements. This information is then used to recommend any dental treatment that may be required before the veneers can be fitted, and in the design and creation of the veneers themselves.
Once the veneers are ready, you will be invited back to our offices where your minimally-invasive porcelain veneer treatment can begin. Under a local anesthetic, a little of the natural enamel on the outside of your teeth is filed away. The reason that the enamel needs to be filed down is that it allows a better and more natural fit for your porcelain veneers, so that your teeth do not look unnaturally thick or unusual.
Each veneer is placed individually, secured with a special adhesive resin and then cured with a special light. You should not be in any pain or discomfort. Once the full set is in place, you will be free to leave.
What are the advantages of choosing porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are just one variety of cosmetic dentistry, and are most often considered as an alternative to tooth whitening treatments, particularly if the patient is unable to tolerate bleaching agents, is not a good candidate for whitening or cannot achieve the desired shade of whiteness from professional whitening services. The main reason for this is that porcelain veneers can be created in a wide range of different shades, making it possible for patients with even the most stained or discolored teeth to see a dramatic improvement in the color of their smile.
Other key advantages of choosing porcelain veneers include:
- Resistance to staining. Porcelain is much less porous than our natural enamel, meaning that your new veneers will have much greater resistance to the natural staining and discoloration caused by our habits and the food and drink we consume. Patients who opt for porcelain veneers often report that their smile stays whiter for significantly longer than those patients who opt for standard whitening treatments.
- Covers minor imperfections. If you have small imperfections in the outer enamel of your teeth, porcelain veneers can cover these.
- Minimally invasive. Very few people enjoy going to the dentist, but attending an appointment for a procedure that is minimally invasive is significantly more appealing than a dental surgery. The procedure to receive porcelain veneers also carries less risk for this reason.
- Durability. Porcelain veneers may look small and thin, but they have proven to be extremely durable. With proper care and attention, a set of veneers can last you a long time and be a sound investment in the appearance of your smile.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, and would like to find out more about porcelain veneers, our team would be delighted to help you. Our doctor, Dr. Yoon Choi, has the comprehensive knowledge and experience to be able to offer our patients a world-class dental veneer service. To arrange your consultation, please contact our Manhattan, NY office today at 917-412-2334.