Dr. Raj Upadya is a dentist in East Hanover, NJ, trained in the latest cosmetic dentistry treatments to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results. Porcelain veneers can improve the function and health of your teeth in addition to enhancing your natural smile.
Porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to accomplish several goals. They can be used for subtle changes or dramatic transformations. A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth-like material that is bonded to the front of teeth. Dr. Upadya offers porcelain veneers in East Hanover, NJ to patients who want to improve the beauty, health, or function of their teeth.
Porcelain veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry for a number of reasons, including:
- Closing spaces between teeth
- Repairing chipped or broken teeth
- Covering stained or discolored teeth
- Repair worn down or aging teeth
In some cases, porcelain veneers can be used to correct the appearance of misshaped or crooked teeth and help you avoid orthodontic treatment.
Using sophisticated E4D technology, Dr. Upadya can complete many porcelain veneer procedures in a single visit. The E4D uses CAD/CAM capabilities to design and create custom-fit porcelain veneers. Same-day dentistry saves the patient time and money and allows their tooth to remain protected and fully functional.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Improved Appearance: Dental veneers have the power to significantly transform the appearance of your teeth. They can cover up almost any imperfection like chips, cracks, stains, and gaps. This will give you a natural looking and attractive smile.
- Durability: Porcelain is a very durable material. With proper care, you can make them last for many years. They are stain-resistant and are hard to discolor. They are also stronger than teeth.
- Easy to Care For: Taking of your teeth veneers is easy. All you have to do is maintain proper oral health to avoid gum disease and tooth decay. Brush and floss daily and visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups.
- Versatility: Porcelain veneers can address a wide range of cosmetic dental issues. One porcelain veneer can address a chipped or you can apply them to every tooth in your smile line for a complete smile makeover.
- Minimally Invasive: Unlike other cosmetic dental treatments, porcelain veneers are a minimally invasive procedure. They require only a small amount of enamel to be removed from the front surface of your teeth, and there is little to no discomfort during the placement process.
View porcelain veneers before and after photos in our smile gallery.
The Porcelain Veneers Process
The process to get your dental veneers put on will take about two or three visits. In general, it involves a consultation and exam, teeth preparation, and placement of the porcelain veneers. The examination is simply to make sure you qualify for dental veneers and to make sure there are no underlying dental problems that need to be addressed.
Consultation and Examination
First, Dr. Upadya performs an initial consultation and evaluation. The dentist will inspect your teeth, gums, and mouth and determine if porcelain veneers are right for you. Next, he will create a treatment plan that outlines your specific process to meet your cosmetic goals as well as address your health concerns.
Next, Dr. Upadya will prepare the tooth or teeth to accommodate the porcelain veneers. Removing a small amount of the natural tooth structure will be necessary to allow adequate space for the porcelain veneers to fit inside your mouth.
Dental impressions will then be taken to fabricate your porcelain veneers. Your porcelain veneers will be custom-made in our office using E4D technology or in a dental lab.
Final Fit and Placement of the Porcelain Veneers
If he is using the E4D technology, Dr. Upadya may create and then place your porcelain veneers in the same visit. If they are being made at a dental laboratory, Dr. Upadya may apply temporary teeth veneers, which are usually made of resin, to protect the teeth. The final porcelain veneers will be tried on your teeth and checked for comfort and aesthetics. If needed, the dentist will make any minor adjustments before permanently bonding the porcelain veneers to the teeth.
Porcelain veneers require some special care. Dr. Upadya will review instructions with you and show you how to floss and brush the dental veneers. Routine dental care, including teeth cleanings and examinations, ensures long-term health and proper fit.
Porcelain Veneer FAQS
Porcelain veneers are a sophisticated cosmetic dentistry treatment. They will completely transform your smile however you will need to be committed to caring for your teeth for a lifetime to ensure their longevity. To learn more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, read our frequently asked questions. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us during regular office hours.
How much do porcelain veneers cost?
Patients often ask about the cost of veneers or how much a single tooth veneer costs. Several factors go into the price of veneers, the first of which is materials. Other factors include the size and location of the tooth as well as the cosmetic goals of treatment.
Dr. Upadya offers porcelain veneers and, the less expensive alternative, a tooth bonding procedure.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
Our goal is for your porcelain veneers to last a lifetime. After several years, it is common to need some minor repair or maintenance. You can ensure long-lasting veneers by maintaining a healthy diet, brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning and examination.
Resin veneers do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Most patients will need a “touch-up” procedure in about five years or less.
What are the pros and cons of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are incredibly durable and stain-resistant. They also look and feel more like natural teeth compared to alternatives like lumineers or tooth bonding.
Some patients may be hesitant about porcelain veneers because they are an irreversible procedure. If this is a concern you share, Dr. Upadya may suggest you try an alternative procedure like tooth bonding, which requires little or no tooth preparation.
What should I do if I chipped a veneer?
If you chipped or broke your porcelain veneers, call us immediately. We will get you in and repair or replace your veneers promptly. You may experience tooth sensitivity if you have chipped or damaged your veneer.
Do porcelain veneers stain like normal teeth?
No. Porcelain veneers last a very long time without staining because the material used is highly stain-resistant. You could have a perfect smile with veneers if you have an excellent oral health upkeep routine, floss regularly, use mouthwash, and visit the dentist at least twice a year.
Do porcelain veneers break easily?
You can damage veneers by excessive force or pressure, similar to your natural teeth. Veneers are very durable, so they rarely break. Chips and cracks are not a concern with veneers, provided you are not putting too much pressure on them.
How many porcelain veneers will I need?
The number of dental veneers you need will depends on your individual needs and goals. You can use them to fix one or two teeth or you can put one on every tooth seen when you smile for a complete smile makeover.
During your consultation, Dr. Upadya will examine your teeth and discuss your cosmetic goals. This will help you determine the right number of porcelain veneers for you. In some cases, a combination of porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dental procedures may be recommended to achieve the desired results.
Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers in East Hanover, NJ
If you want porcelain veneers in the Summit, NJ, and East Hanover, NJ, area, request a consultation with Dr. Upadya. At your appointment, you will discuss what you like and dislike about your teeth, your cosmetic goals, and budget concerns. Then we can determine if porcelain veneer is the best cosmetic dentistry treatment for you.