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John Pietruszka DDS | Veneers in Staten Island


John F. Pietruszka DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Implant Prosthetics

1870 Richmond Road

Staten Island, NY 10306

Phone (718) 987-2303  Fax (718) 987-2533

Email: [email protected]


Porcelain Veneers

John Pietruszka DDS in Staten Island NY

Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your anterior teeth.  Veneers are very thin ceramic shells that cover the existing tooth structure.  In placing new veneers on the teeth, the dentist is able to correct issues such as spaces, staining, cracked teeth, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and other cosmetic problems.  It is important to understand the resulting teeth may be slightly larger in appearance. For many patients there can be a dramatic improvement.

Porcelain veneers are usually completed in three appointments.  The first visit is a consultation at which time the dentist will make preliminary impressions and discuss the expected results with the patient.  All candidates are encouraged to ask questions and communicate to the doctor what their expectations are.  The shape, size, and color of the final aesthetic appearance should be discussed.

At the second appointment, after the treatment plan is agreed upon, careful conservative preparations of the enamel are carried out.  This is usually necessary in order that the final veneers have a definite fit to the teeth, and also so the final veneers are not overcontoured.  It is usually not necessary for any local anesthetic to be administered to complete this step.  Some cases may lend themselves to “no prep” veneers; however, each case must be carefully evaluated as to whether preparations are necessary.

Also at the second appointment, a final impression and bite registration are taken and sent to a specialized cosmetic dental laboratory, where the veneers are fabricated.  This process usually takes 12-14 days.  With this procedure, temporaries are usually not required during the interim period.

At the third appointment, after patient approval, the delicate porcelain shells are bonded into place. Again, no local anesthetic is required for this procedure. Once the veneers are bonded to the enamel, they become very strong and wear resistant.

It may take a day or two to become accustomed to the new shape and smoothness of these restorations; however, patients are usually immediately pleased with their new dazzling smile.

Staten Island Dentist | Veneers. John Pietruszka is a Staten Island Dentist.