If you are unhappy with the look of your smile, porcelain dental veneers are the ultimate cosmetic treatment option. Dr. Joseph T. Mormino can create and place beautiful, custom porcelain veneers for you at his Staten Island, NY, office. Dr. Mormino uses an on-site laboratory to ensure that your veneers are designed to look natural and complement your unique smile.
DR. MORMINO: Porcelain veneers are pretty much, they’re like the benchmark of cosmetic dentistry. They give us the ability to change people’s smiles dramatically in as few as two visits. And they can be used for treating stained or discolored teeth, for treating misaligned teeth, teeth that are missing, teeth that patients are not happy with their smile. It is just, they, they are basically thin sheets of porcelain that can be bonded over the teeth to just dramatically change color, shape, size, to the patient’s liking. With most of our cases, in collaboration with the laboratory, is a technique we call the diagnostic wax-up. That’s where we take models of the patient’s mouth, stone models from impressions, and actually perform the entire procedure in the laboratory before it’s done on the patient, using white wax that simulates porcelain. This gives the ability a) to show the patient the final result before we’ve actually started on them, almost like a blueprint; and it also gives us the ability on a machine called an articulator, which simulates the human bite, to see if the case is going to be functionally correct for the patient. And this is all done like a set of architectural plans before the patient has actually sat down for treatment.