Are Veneers Right For Me?

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
August 28, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Have you had a bathtub resurfaced or a laminate placed over old flooring? If you have, then you understand dental veneers, thin, tooth-shaped shells of fine ceramic bonded to the front of selected teeth. Veneers from Dr. Gary Machiko, your cosmetic dentist in Pittsburgh, improve the size, shape, and color of front teeth, making them look realistically attractive.

Veneers and you

People with healthy teeth and gums frequently qualify for porcelain veneers. When you see your cosmetic dentist in Pittsburgh, you'll discuss how you wish to improve the appearance of your smile. Dr. Machiko will examine your gums and teeth and explain how veneers work. If they're appropriate for you, you'll undergo a two-step treatment and learn how to keep your veneers shining for years to come.

Dr. Machiko offers both traditional veneers which require removal of a 1/2 millimeter slice of tooth enamel. An altermative, Lumineers, are made from patented Cerinate porcelain and are so thin they require no enamel preparation whatsoever. As such, Lumineers are a reversible cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Whether you choose traditional veneers or Lumineers, you'll love the benefits of a bright, even smile. Porcelain veneers cover problems such as:

  • Hairline cracks
  • Chips
  • Deep stains which cannot be corrected with professional teeth whitening
  • Tooth rotation
  • Uneven tooth length
  • Worn enamel

In fact, Dentistry Today maintains that porcelain veneers even may be a great way to cover mild orthodontic problems such as crowding and gaps. Weakened tooth structure is reinforced by these porcelain beauties, too.

Caring for Veneers and Lumineers

Brush twice daily, floss once a day and see Dr. Machiko for your semi-annual cleanings and check-ups. These practices comprise basic veneer care.

In addition, consider wearing an acrylic bite guard if you grind or clench your teeth. And refrain from super-hard foods such a peanut brittle and candy apples. They chip and dislodge veneers.

Find out more

Porcelain veneers may be just part of a comprehensive smile makeover. Combined with composite resin bonding, crowns and other beautiful refurbishments, the smile which once disappointed you can shine for years to come. Call Dr. Machiko's office in Pittsburgh, PA, now for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, won't you? Phone (724) 719-2866.