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Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. At 3V Dental Associates, our Port Washington dental office is fully equipped and staffed to give you that bright veneer smile!

According to the American Dental Association:

Veneers are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth

Your veneer procedure can be direct or indirect:

  • The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

  • The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

  •  The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

People who have front teeth that are chipped, cracked, worn down, discolored or have unattractive gaps between them should consider veneers. This type of cosmetic dentistry is used to correct these imperfections and give the patient a bright, even and welcoming smile.

Veneers are custom-made for individual patients. They are very thin shells that are placed over prepared teeth by a cosmetic dentist.

Types of veneers are porcelain or resin. Many dentists prefer porcelain because they resist the stains that appear on the patient’s natural teeth from smoking, coffee or tea, and they reflect light in a more natural way than resin. They are also very tough. A resin veneer is thinner than one made of porcelain, but they have the advantage of needing less of the surface enamel of the tooth removed before they’re placed.

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Veneers Made Simple at 3V Dental in Port Washington

First, the patient has a consultation with once of our dentists at our convenient Port Washington office. The patient tells the dentist what they want done to improve the look of their teeth, and the dentist examines the teeth to make sure that the patient’s a good candidate for the procedure. The dentist may order X-rays and make impressions of the patient’s mouth.

The patient will need to make three trips to our dental office in Port Washington, NY. During the appointment, the dentist gives the patient a local anesthetic then removes a half a millimeter of enamel from each tooth that is to receive a veneer. The half a millimeter is how thick the shell is. When the teeth are prepared, the dentist makes an impression of them to send to a dental lab. If the patient’s natural teeth are very unattractive after the enamel is removed, the dentist places temporary shells on them. The permanent shells are usually ready after a week or two.

Before the shells are permanently bonded to the teeth, the cosmetic dentist places them on the teeth, trims them and replaces them until they are perfect. When the shells are ready, the dentist cleans, polishes and etches the patient’s natural teeth. Etching roughens the surface of the tooth to give the veneer a strong grip. The dentist applies dental cement the exact color of the patient’s tooth to the surface then places the veneer. The dentist aims a special light at the teeth that causes the cement to cure, cleans away any excess dental cement and makes adjustments. The patient leaves after being given instructions for self-care, then comes back in two weeks for a follow-up appointment to make sure that all is well.

To schedule your veneer consultation, contact our Port Washington, NY dental office today. Our friendly staff is standing by to assist you.
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Your dentist at 3V Dental will make recommendations regarding the timing of dental
cleanings. At a minimum, you optimize your oral health by having dental cleanings at least twice a year. As was noted a moment ago, if you have special needs, you may want to schedule more frequent cleanings during the course of a year.

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Dental cleanings are a vital part of your overall oral health regimen. There are a variety of key benefits that you obtain through regular, professional dental cleanings. At 3V Dental in Port Washington, we’re proud to offer cost effective dental cleanings for you and your family!

3V Dental Offers Complete Dental Care and Cleanings

The complete dental cleaning and checkup process includes a number different things, depending in part on how long it has been since you last had an appointment with your dentist. In addition to the actual cleaning process, your dentist will also conduct a physical examination of your teeth and gums.

X-rays may be recommended if a year or more has lapsed between your visit to the dentist. Your dentist will examine your mouth for any sign of oral cancer. Finally, your dentist will examine your bite to ensure that there are no issues.

Once these steps are completed, your dentist or a dental hygienist will do the actual teeth cleaning. Dental cleaning is designed to plaque and tartar from your teeth. The reality is that even if you follow your dentist’s recommendations regarding brushing your teeth and flossing, plaque and tartar can build up in places that you just cannot effectively reach through brushing and flossing.

Reversing Gingivitis with Dental Cleanings
One of the key benefits of dental cleanings if that they can reverse gingivitis in many cases. Gingivitis is the first stage of serious gum disease that can result in permanent damage.

In some cases, you may need more than one dental cleaning to get gingivitis under control and to move towards eliminating it. Into the future, to prevent a recurrence of gingivitis, you may need to up the frequency of your visit to the dentist.

Proper intervention through dental cleanings prevents gingivitis from developing into more advanced periodontitis. Periodontitis is very serious and can result in permanent, irreversible gum damage.

Dental Cleanings Prevent Larger More Serious Issues
Dental cleanings provide the most important time at which a dentist is able to identify other problems that may afflict a patient. For example, it is during the comprehensive dental cleaning process that a dentist can identify cavities.

It is crucial that a cavity be dealt with in a timely manner. The failure to do so can result in it growing and causing bacterial infection to develop in the pulp of a tooth. Such a development can cause significant damage to a person’s tooth structure and be extremely painful.

Ready to schedule your dental cleaning and be on your way to healthy teeth and gums? Contact our office today to speak to one of our amazing associates!

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