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January 17, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

How dental veneers from your dentist in Montclair, NJ can enhance your smile

Are you and your smile suffering from chips, cracks, and other signs of wear-and-tear? Do you wish your smile was a bit whiter and veneeryounger-looking? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s time to discover the magic of veneers! Led by Dr. Paul Dionne, Glen Ridge Dental Arts here in Montclair, NJ offers dental veneers to enhance your smile—read on to learn more!


What veneers can do for you

Dental veneers are thin laminates of exquisite porcelain that are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth to hide both damage and aesthetic issues. A conservative treatment, veneers require only a small amount of enamel removal; just enough to compensate for their thickness. However, the conservation of tooth structure isn’t the only benefit of veneers. Consider that porcelain veneers are:

  • Naturally beautiful, because porcelain is light-reflective and closely resembles natural tooth enamel; the natural beauty of porcelain means your smile will make a statement, but still be uniquely yours.
  • Easy to maintain, because porcelain is stain-resistant, allowing your new veneers to stay beautiful for years; the lasting beauty of veneers means you will have a dazzling smile, even if you're a habitual coffee drinker.
  • Quick to apply, because veneer treatment requires only 2 to 3 appointments, including a consultation appointment; the quick turnaround time of veneer treatment means you can have a flawless smile just in time for a special event you have coming up, like a wedding or a reunion.

Furthermore, veneers are versatile, for you can hide a wide variety of bothersome issues, such as:

  • Excessive tooth wear from aging and bad habits
  • Cracks, fracture lines, and other damage from trauma
  • Blotches, stains, or discolorations from habits or medications


Interested? Give us a call

If you want to renew your smile, there is no better choice than dental veneers. To learn more about this amazing dental treatment, call Dr. Paul Dionne of Glen Ridge Dental Arts in Montclair, NJ today by dialing (973) 748-7790.

By Glen Ridge Dental Arts
June 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Porcelain veneers are excellent for restoring otherwise sound teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned. But the question for many is, are they long-lasting?

Just as the term is used in building construction, a dental veneer is a thin covering of material that’s bonded to the outside of a tooth to conceal blemishes. Very thin layers of dental porcelain (a form of hardened glass colored to match a patient’s natural teeth) are created by a dental lab technician to achieve the preferred shape and size of the patient’s tooth. Unlike crowns or other restorations, veneers require very little tooth preparation to accommodate them.

As to their longevity: if cared for properly, a veneer could last for twenty years or more. While the veneer itself isn’t subject to the effects of dental disease, the tooth and the gums that support it are. Shrinking gum tissues as a result of periodontal (gum) disease, for example, could have a negative effect on the veneered tooth and subsequently the veneer. It’s important, then, that you properly practice daily brushing and flossing, along with keeping up regular office cleanings and checkups.

There’s one other important consideration: while porcelain veneers can withstand normal biting forces, if they’re subjected beyond their tolerance they could shatter. You should be careful not to subject your veneered teeth to an abnormal biting force, such as biting down on an extremely hard object. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, wearing a night guard can minimize the force created from the grinding.

It’s possible to repair and re-bond a loose or slightly chipped veneer. In some cases, though, severe damage may require a replacement. Still, by using common sense about what you bite down on and taking proper care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize the chances of damage and enjoy many years of a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: How Long will Your Porcelain Veneers Last?.”

By Glen Ridge Dental Arts
July 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.