Veneers Specialist

Thomas J. Stern, DMD

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA

Veneers can revitalize your teeth, giving you a new smile in only a few appointments. At Thomas J. Stern, DMD, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you can get prompt and professional care from the best dental experts in the area. Dr. Stern specializes in exceptional cosmetic results and perfect tooth function, so call the office or click the online scheduling tool to learn more.

Veneers Q&A

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are porcelain shells that cover the front of your teeth. Veneers can restore or perfect your smile‚Äôs appearance. They match the color of your nearby teeth, so nobody will ever know you have them.  

When would I need veneers?

The main reason for veneers is cosmetic, but they can also strengthen your teeth. If you're unhappy with the way your teeth look, there's a good chance that veneers can help. Some of the many issues that veneers can treat include:

  • Worn teeth
  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Slight tooth misalignment
  • Permanently stained teeth

Veneers only cover the front of the tooth, so if you have significant tooth structure loss or if your tooth is weak, Dr. Stern may recommend a porcelain crown that encases the entire tooth instead. 

What can I expect when I get veneers?

Dr. Stern takes an impression of your teeth and uses that mold to design veneers that fit your needs. It takes at least a week for the dental lab to fabricate your new custom porcelain veneers, so Dr. Stern fits you with temporary veneers in the meantime. 

Dr. Stern prepares your teeth by slightly etching your enamel. Removing this tiny amount of enamel means that your new veneer won't protrude. He applies a removable glue to your teeth and fixes the temporary veneers in place. Be careful to brush gently and avoid hard or sticky foods while wearing temporary veneers. 

At your next appointment, Dr. Stern gently removes your temporary veneers. Then, he uses a water-based solution to affix your new veneers. He checks the fit and ensures you're happy with the way your veneers look before permanently bonding them to your teeth. 

Am I a good candidate for veneers?

If you need to change the appearance of your front teeth, veneers may be a good fit. 

But, you do need good general tooth and gum health to get veneers. If you have gum disease, cavities, or other oral health problems, you may need periodontal treatment, root canal treatment, or some other form of dental care before you can get veneers. 

Click the online appointment tool or call Thomas J. Stern, DMD, to arrange your veneers consultation.