What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?


You don’t have to hide your smile any longer! Transform your smile with porcelain veneers. These handmade restorations are designed to fit snugly over individual front teeth, to correct breaks, chips, gaps, and discoloration. Rochester cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, offers porcelain veneers in our inviting office. Porcelain veneers, the “instant smile makeover,” will cover dental imperfections and improve the size, shape, and color of your teeth in a single procedure.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Besides correcting a number of cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers are strong and durable, so they can endure for years. In addition, they look like nature’s best work. Porcelain veneers mimic the light-reflecting qualities of tooth enamel, and each veneer is custom-shaded to blend with neighboring teeth.

The procedure is quick and can be performed in just a few office visits, and requires no recovery time. Of course one of the main benefits is that with a beautiful smile, you’ll feel more confident in all facets of your life.

Placing Veneers

Your initial appointment will be a consultation. Dr. Calcagno will listen to what you love and hate about your smile. Every smile should be unique, not cookie-cutter, and as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Calcagno is truly an artist. She’ll work with you to create a smile that reflects the real you. At this initial consultation, the doctor will examine your teeth, and she may also take x-rays and photos, and make impressions of your bite. The data she collects will help her in designing veneers that deliver a comfortably functioning and absolutely gorgeous smile.

A trusted dental ceramist will use the data and blueprints Dr. Calcagno develops to fabricate each porcelain veneer in your treatment plan. Alternatively, Dr. Calcagno may use the CEREC system, which can mill porcelain restorations right in her office. If you choose to take this route, Dr. Calcagno will take 3-D images of your teeth, and the CEREC machine will create the porcelain veneers in conjunction with your dentist’s input and approval.

Once the porcelain veneer has been created, Dr. Calcagno will place the veneer on your tooth to examine the fit and color. The restoration may need minor for the perfect result. Before permanently placing the veneer, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched, or roughened, to allow for a strong bond. Once properly positioned, the bonding agent will be cured with a cool light. Finally, Dr. Calcagno will evaluate your bite and make final adjustments to the porcelain veneers. You’ll leave this appointment ready to debut your fabulous new smile!

About the Author: Dr. Calcagno completed an advanced course in cosmetic dentistry at LSU in New Orleans and regularly attends the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is happily accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment with Calcagno Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Rochester, call (507) 281-3659.