In places like Los Angeles or New York city, porcelain veneers are a procedure many know well.
This shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. In the acting and modeling industry, where your appearance is your product, it’s no wonder many who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile seek cosmetic dental professionals. Just recently, TMZ reported that the 15 year old rapper and internet personality, Bhad Bhabie, recently acquired porcelain veneers, posting a New Year’s Eve video of herself lip-syncing to one of her songs, perfectly white teeth on display. Jersey Shore star, Vinny Guadagnino, was also reported to have recently received porcelain veneers.
Even if you’re not in the acting or modeling industry, however, porcelain veneers or Lumineers still have the power to change your smile as well as your life — especially if you’re embarrassed by your teeth.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Unlike other forms of cosmetic dentistry, such as professional tooth whitening, porcelain veneers can dramatically change the appearance of your smile without relying on natural tooth matter. Because of this, porcelain veneers are capable of correcting a large number of common smile concerns with one procedure.
This transformation is achieved by binding wafer-thin shells of advanced ceramic to the the visible surfaces of your teeth. They usually aren’t made of porcelain these days, we still call them porcelain out of habit and because the word “porcelain” evokes a visual image that lithium silicate does not. These shells are tailored to your goals, taking into consideration the size, shape, and shade of a patient’s desired smile, giving you complete control.
What’s the Difference between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers?
If you’ve been unhappy with your smile for awhile, you may have already considered either porcelain veneers or Lumineers. Both can offer you the ability to dramatically change the appearance of your smile, but the procedures can be quite different. The porcelain veneer procedure often requires the removal or reshaping of tooth matter, in order to properly bond to the veneer shell. This is to avoid a smile that appears too bulky. Although removed tooth matter is less than half a millimeter, about 1/50th inch, some enamel is removed, which can mean that the procedure might not be reversible.
Lumineers provide many of the same benefits of porcelain veneers, without the need to remove tooth matter. In order to achieve this, Lumineer shells are much thinner than veneers, yet strong and durable. Then can sometimes appear bulky, however.
Are You Ready to Change Your Smile?
Choosing the right cosmetic dental procedure for you can be a difficult decision, which is why scheduling a consultation with a cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake should be your first step. Come with a list of smile concerns, and Dr. George or Dr. Mejia will be able to provide you with a list of procedures that are right for you. If you have multiple issues with your smile, including gaps, chips, stains, and the size and shape of your teeth, porcelain veneers might just provide that dramatic transformation you’ve been hoping for.
If you live in Westchester County and are interested in learning if porcelain veneers are right for you, please contact the cosmetic dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule an initial consultation today.