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A simple solution for multiple cosmetic dental issues such as stubborn stains, cracks, gaps, gummy smiles, chips, or misalignment is done with the help of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that fit over your teeth to create a better looking smile. They look completely natural and can give you the movie star smile you have always wanted. Dr. Pray can help you achieve your dreams of perfect teeth with the help of porcelain veneers available at his dental office located in Ballston Spa in the Saratoga Springs, NY area.


The procedure for porcelain veneers is quite simple. After a consultation with Dr. Pray where you will discuss what you want your dental veneers to accomplish, you will have an appointment where your teeth receiving the veneers will need to have thin layer of enamel removed. This procedure is done with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain. Dr. Pray will then take impressions of your teeth to be sent to the lab for your veneers to be made.

After your porcelain veneers arrive from the lab, you will meet with Dr. Pray where he will make sure that the veneers fit properly and they are the correct color. After assessing that everything is correct, he will bond them to your teeth using a special cement.

The Benefits

There are many benefits to having porcelain veneers. Not only will your teeth look incredible, but they won’t subdue to any harsh staining. You can enjoy all of the coffee and red wine you want without worrying about the stains. Another great benefit is that you will have a giant boost in confidence. Your porcelain veneers from Dr. Pray will give you the perfect smile that you can’t stop showing off. Prepare for tons of compliments.

Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

Caring for your porcelain veneers is easier than you think. All they require is brushing and flossing regularly like you should. Porcelain veneers don’t decay and won’t fail unless you start neglecting your dental health. If you let bacteria build up along your gum line, it’s possible that your teeth will suffer and your veneers will loosen. It’s important to maintain the best dental health possible to ensure long lasting porcelain veneers and overall dental health.

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

There are treatments available for all manner of cosmetic dentistry issues. Serious problems, like broken teeth, are going to require the use of dental crowns or perhaps implants. However, if you have only moderate imperfections, you can get much the same effect as you would with crowns from porcelain veneers. They are thin shells that are cemented permanently to your teeth, and they can give you a much improved appearance. Assuming that your dental health is good, you could be a candidate for porcelain veneers.

The Benefits

Porcelain veneers will resist staining, look just like natural teeth, and last a long time. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, chips or wear, gapping or crowding, you could be a candidate for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers cannot, however, be used to correct a bad bite. In fact, if you have a bad bite, veneers will not adhere properly to your teeth, and in that case, you will not be a candidate for porcelain veneers.

Assuming, though, that you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, you will enjoy having a beautiful smile that, if you take care of it, could last a very long time – perhaps even the rest of your life. The key is to look after your teeth in the same fashion you always have – brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Although porcelain veneers are not vulnerable to decay, the underlying tooth structure still is. You could also develop gum disease, and if that is left untreated, your veneers could be damaged.

Porcelain veneers are also very easy to install – it simply requires scraping a bit of enamel off the surface of your teeth, then taking impressions, and sending those impressions to a lab where your veneers will be made. Once they are finished, your dentist will make sure the color is right, do a bit more preparation, cement them in place, and you will have the smile you always wanted.

Your dentist can advise you as to whether you are a candidate for porcelain veneers, and can also recommend other cosmetic treatments that could improve your smile.

Contact Us

If you are considering cosmetic dentistry procedures, and wondering if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneer, contact Thomas J. Pray, DDS. You can reach Dr. Pray by phoning 518-885-8321, and you can also book an appointment using the convenient form on our Contact Us page.