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Are you dissatisfied with your smile? Do you have chipped, gapped or stained teeth that make you reluctant to smile? Remember, your smile is the way you greet the world and the way you express joy. Everyone deserves to feel joyous and to show that they feel that way! Fortunately, at our office in Staten Island, there are a number of dental treatments available that can restore the appearance of your smile. In cases of severe damage, for instance, crowns can be a great solution. However, they can be costly. If the damage to your teeth is largely cosmetic, you might want to consider porcelain veneers.

So, what exactly are dental veneers, and what are their benefits? Well, you know how veneers work on furniture – they give a substandard wood the appearance of something much more desirable. Dental veneers work in essentially the same way. They’re thin shells that are made from porcelain, or dental ceramic, and they’re placed on your teeth in order to disguise various issues. Because porcelain is the material most like your natural teeth, people who meet you for the first time won’t have any idea that you weren’t simply born with a dazzling smile.

Having veneers placed isn’t a complicated procedure. You’ll need to have a bit of tooth enamel scraped away, but our dentists will administer a local anesthetic first so that you won’t experience any discomfort. This is in order to roughen the surface of the teeth so that the porcelain veneers will adhere properly. With some types of veneers, the roughening process isn’t necessary, but the type of veneers you’ll need will depend on the overall condition of your teeth.

Once the veneers have been placed, you simply care for them as you would your real teeth. The veneers won’t be vulnerable to decay, but you still need to brush and floss regularly in order to protect the underlying teeth. It’s also advisable to continue with your regular six-month dental checkups. You don’t want to get sloppy about your oral hygiene, because if you do, the bond between the veneers and your natural teeth can become damaged.

Porcelain veneers are, simply stated, one of the best treatments available to restore a substandard smile. So if you’ve been avoiding smiling because you’re embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth, consider porcelain dental veneers. The benefits of porcelain veneers speak for themselves.

Ready to makeover your smile? Schedule a consultation by calling Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island at 718-984-7700. Find out if porcelain veneers are the right option for your smile.