For patients who are looking for a more thorough Cosmetic Option to brighten and enhance their smile, Dr. Dmitry Karagodsky and his team create and place porcelain veneers at their Philadelphia, PA, office. Our in-office dental laboratory allows us to personally customize your results, so that your veneers appear as natural as possible. You can completely transform your smile with one treatment designed to achieve your cosmetic goals.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are placed over the teeth to conceal aesthetic flaws. Each restoration is customized to the size, shape, length, and color of the individual tooth so that the results blend with your natural smile. While veneers can add to tooth structure, it is important to understand that they are primarily cosmetic. Furthermore, because they are so thin, they are not as durable or strong as Dental Crowns. Consequently, these restorations are typically recommended for the front teeth rather than the molars, which need to withstand much greater pressure.
When are Veneers Recommended?
As a Cosmetic Treatment, porcelain veneers are used to address a number of minor aesthetic concerns, such as:
Porcelain veneers are often used when Teeth Whitening is unable to address discoloration. These restorations can conceal dark, internal stains, which may have resulted from long-term decay, certain medications, or trauma.
Timeline for Veneers
In most cases, veneers require two to three office visits. You will work with our team during a consultation before undergoing any necessary tooth preparation and receiving your veneers.
The purpose of this first meeting is to explain the procedure and ensure that you have realistic expectations. Dr. Karagodsky will ask about your medical history and your goals for treatment. If there are any underlying health issues such as decay or severe misalignment affecting your smile, you must undergo treatment to address these concerns first. By addressing oral health concerns before the cosmetic, Dr. Karagodsky can lay the foundations for a healthy, aesthetic smile.
If your teeth are healthy, Dr. Karagodsky will take a series of 3-D x-rays and scans. With these images, he can create a digital model of your teeth to accurately design your restorations. Together you can create a treatment designed to achieve your unique goals. Dr. Karagodsky can also use these digital scans to create a model of your expected results.
In most cases, Dr. Karagodsky will need to prepare the teeth that will receive the veneers. After providing you with a local anesthetic, he will remove a small portion of enamel from the surface of the tooth in order to make room for the shells and ensure a comfortable fit. He uses very gentle and conservative approaches to provide comfortable treatment and preserve as much of your tooth structure as possible. Once your teeth have been prepared, we will then take impressions, from which your veneers can be made. Our in-office laboratory will carefully craft your custom restorations, and Dr. Karagodsky can oversee the entire process to ensure aesthetic, natural-looking results. We can provide temporaries while you are waiting for your final restorations.
By addressing oral health concerns before the cosmetic, Dr. Karagodsky can lay the foundations for a healthy, aesthetic smile.
You will return for a second appointment once your veneers are complete, usually within two weeks. Dr. Karagodsky will first temporarily place the shell to make sure that the color and fit are appropriate before making any necessary adjustments. When you are both pleased with the results, he can clean the tooth, gently prepare the surface to improve the veneer’s grip, and then finally place and bond your restoration to the enamel. You can leave our office with a fully transformed smile.
With particular expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Karagodsky can ensure that every patient receives the finest service possible. Reach Out Online, or call us today at (215) 969-2015 to discuss your treatment options.
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