Veneers – Ledgewood, NJ

Swiftly Achieve a Smile Transformation

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Newscasters, politicians, actors – people in the public eye know how vital an attractive smile can be to their success. Famous or not, when you can confidently look someone in the eye and flash a grin, it creates a lasting first impression in your personal life as well as a professional setting. If this sounds great, but your current teeth have a lot of room for improvement, just know you can swiftly achieve a smile transformation. At McCleaster Family Dental, our experienced cosmetic dentist needs only two appointments to make your teeth look stellar for 15 years or more with veneers in Ledgewood. To get started, contact us to schedule a consultation!

Why Choose McCleaster Family Dental For Veneers?

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What Are Dental Veneers?

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Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. Veneers can essentially erase an array of flaws, including:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down
  • Teeth that are chipped or broken
  • Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped
  • Teeth with gaps between them

Most smiles are improved with 8-10 veneers. Some people choose to get more, some only opt for veneers on their upper teeth, while others also get the lower teeth treated. You can even select a single veneer to cover a particularly unattractive tooth.

The Process of Getting Veneers

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The process starts with a cosmetic consultation. Your dentist inspects your teeth and overall oral health, you explain what you want to achieve, and then they determine if you are a viable candidate for veneers. No matter what, the dentist will explain your options and devise a treatment plan.

To prepare for a veneer, the dentist will trim about half a millimeter of enamel from your existing tooth’s surface. Beforehand, they will help you determine if you need a local anesthetic. Then, they will create an impression of your teeth that is sent to a trusted dental lab where your veneers will be crafted.

In 1-2 weeks, you return to the office to get your veneers bonded. First, your veneer will be temporarily placed to ensure it is the proper color and fit, while adjustments will be made as needed. The teeth receiving veneers with be polished to roughen the surface and allow the adhesive to bond stronger. After the cement is applied, a blue light beam will harden it quickly to secure the bond. From there, your bite is checked, and final adjustments are made to your brand-new smile!

Benefits of Veneers

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Why are veneers worth the expense? Certainly, their biggest benefit is drastically improving the appearance of your teeth. But that’s not all.

  • Gum tissue easily tolerates porcelain.
  • With porcelain veneers, you can choose the color, which is ideal if your goal is to make dark or stained teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers have the appearance of a natural tooth.
  • Veneers usually don’t require the extensive shaping crowns do, but they offer a more aesthetically pleasing and strong option.
  • Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains.
  • You can maintain a spectacular smile for 15 years with proper care. You maintain them just like natural teeth with brushing, flossing, and mouthwash, as well as your biannual exams.

Veneer FAQs

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Our team at McCleaster Family Dental doesn’t just expect our patients to have questions, we encourage it! So, if you want to learn more about veneers – from the placement process to how to best care for your new smile – you’re always welcome to get in touch with our team directly. For our patients who prefer to do their research online, however, you can read on to learn the answers to some FAQs about veneers until your consultation.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

The average lifespan of veneers is between 10 and 15 years. With that being said, the longevity of yours will depend largely on how well you care for your smile. For example, unhealthy dental habits like smoking and skipping your six-month dental checkups and cleanings can wreak havoc on the look, function, and health of your smile. Conversely, implementing a solid oral hygiene regimen, visiting your dentist every six months, and using a straw when drinking dark-colored beverages are all best practices that will keep your veneers (and your teeth!) in pristine condition.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

Yes, you can still drink coffee with veneers! Unlike your natural enamel, porcelain and other high-quality dental materials are nonporous, making them virtually stain resistant. We still recommend using a straw when indulging in your morning or afternoon cup of coffee, however, since the teeth that don’t have veneers are still prone to staining, which can result in uneven color.

How Many Veneers Will I Need?

For some patients, it’s as little as one. For others, it’s as many as 12. The answer depends entirely on your smile goals! At your initial consultation , our Ledgewood cosmetic dentist will learn more about what you’d like to change about your teeth before providing you with a recommendation.

Is There Anyone Who Shouldn’t Get Veneers?

Although veneers are a great solution for many patients, there are some cases where they aren’t the ideal solution (at least at first). Patients with gum disease are a good example. Placing veneers over their teeth without addressing the root of the problem would allow the infection to progress unchecked. Plus, bright, white teeth next to red, inflamed gums won’t deliver the beautiful results they desire. In that case, we would need to start their treatment plan with the appropriate restorative care before moving on to address chips, misalignment, stains, and other cosmetic imperfections.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

During the time when you have temporary veneers, you will need to stick to a soft foods diet. Once your permanent veneers are secured in place, then you will be able to eat whatever you’d like. Of course, we recommend sticking to smile-friendly foods as much as possible and limiting your intake of added sugar to keep your teeth and gums healthy in the short and long term.