Q: I want veneers to beautify my smile permanently, but what will I have on my teeth while the lab is making my new teeth? Do I go around with little stumps?
A: I’m glad when anyone feels a need to “spiff up the bod!” Let’s face it, I have to look at you. We all like a hotel room with a nice view; the more folks like you who improve their looks, the better view the rest of us get especially when Porcelain Laminate Veneers are done right. Your neighbor’s house is in your line of sight, not the owners who hides inside and lets his grass grow like a Vietnamese rice patty from Apocalypse Now.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers Done Right
When we prepare your teeth for veneers by reducing a thumb-nail-thickness of enamel off just the face of the tooth, we take a digital 3D scan of the teeth with an iTero Element scanner; not goopy, gagging molds. I then make custom temporary veneers out of acrylic that look great and cover your teeth for the three weeks that the lab and I are creating your final veneers. You just have to be careful biting on hard things like almonds and candy on the temporaries. Should a chunk come off, it won’t be an emergency, other than the look of a chipped tooth.
Once you approve your temporaries and pick your final shade and shape (bring us photos of you from back in the day, or your favorite A-list-er.) we photograph and take a mold of them for the lab to copy for the final veneers. Often, we send you to the lab for a face-to-face with Keith K. of Distinctive Dental Designs, the South East’s premier ceramist who does all my cosmetic work. More on this at my free seminar on Dec. 8th, details below. Visit our veneer gallery page for before and afters.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.