Porcelain Veneers – Podcast Interview with Dr. John R. Vitale

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Topic – Porcelain Veneers

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. John Vitale’s interview on the razorcast™ monthly podcast.  You can either watch the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcripts below.  Enjoy!

Podcast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone. This is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. John Vitale.  Dr. Vitale is the founder of Dr. John R.  Vitale, DMD at Port Liberte, a general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry practice in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has an extensive dental background that began at Iona College and then at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Vitale has been practicing in the area for over 35 years and is currently a member of the International Congress of Implantology. He is also certified in BOTOX® and dermal fillers and he continues his education in the dental field with monthly classes. Dr. Vitale has also had the pleasure of traveling to Honduras and Panama to provide charity dental care to needy patients.

Dr. Vitale is widely considered to be one of the top dentists in the country and he is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today we are going to talk about a very important topic: Porcelain Veneers  

Hello Dr. Vitale. How are you today?

Dr. John Vitale: I’m fine. Thank you, how are you?

RC: I’m great. Thanks so much for joining us. I really appreciate you being here.

Question 1: What are porcelain veneers?

RC: I’m going to dive right in. The first question that I have is pretty basic, what are porcelain veneers?

Dr. John Vitale: Porcelain veneers are covers that go over teeth and they generally go over the front of anterior teeth or front teeth and they sometimes go over the incisor or biting edge of the teeth but they do not cover the entire tooth.

Question 2: Are porcelain veneers considered the best form of teeth whitening? Are there alternative forms of teeth whitening that are just as effective?

RC: Okay and are porcelain veneers considered the best form of teeth whitening or are there alternative forms of teeth whitening that are just as effective?

Dr. John Vitale: Porcelain veneers are probably the best choice for teeth whitening because they’re permanent in nature. Other forms such as bleaching, bleaching with toothpastes or various systems that are out there brighten your teeth but it’s a temporary measure. They brighten your teeth probably up to a year and a half – two years with periodic touch ups but porcelain veneers change the color of your teeth permanently.

Question 3: Are porcelain veneers expensive? And does insurance cover this?

RC: Okay and are porcelain veneers expensive and does insurance cover this?

Dr. John Vitale: Most porcelain veneers are considered cosmetic in nature because what you’re attempting to do or the dentist is attempting to do is change the color of your teeth, change the position of your teeth or maybe the shape and size of your teeth. And all of those procedures are deemed cosmetic in nature and generally are not accepted by insurance. Porcelain crowns, on the other hand if a tooth is broken down or caries are involved then the insurance company will pay for it.

Question 4: What is the process for applying porcelain veneers? Do you have to special order them? How long does it take to apply them?

RC: Okay and what is the process for applying porcelain veneers? Do you have to special order them? How long does it take to apply them?

Dr. John Vitale: Well the first procedure is a little bit of local anesthetic in the areas that we are working. Then we generally reduce the front surfaces of your teeth about a millimeter and millimeter and a half so that when the porcelain final product is manufactured, it’s not too thick, it’s rather thin and the end result is you get the same size in thickness of your tooth that you started with. After your teeth are prepared, the dentist will take a final impression, place some temporaries in your mouth and send the impression out to the laboratory. And it’s at the laboratory, that the lab technicians will make your porcelain veneers, change the color of your teeth as per the prescription from the dentist and then the final product when received (generally two weeks later) is bonded over your existing teeth and you’re on your way.

Question 5: How long do porcelain veneers last?

RC: Great and how long do porcelain veneers last?

Dr. John Vitale: Well that’s a question that’s often asked, “How long do things last?” And it all depends. If you take good care of your teeth and you’re meticulous with going back and forth to the dentist, they last a very long time. Generally the only reason why these porcelain veneers would ever need to be replaced is if you developed some periodontal disease and your gums recede and the margins of the veneers start to show and at that point they would have to be redone. But generally speaking, you get a very very long time out of them before they’re replaced.

RC: Well that’s it for today and thank you so much Dr. Vitale. We know you’re extremely busy so I just want to thank you for your time and help today.

Dr. John Vitale: My pleasure.

RC: And for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. John Vitale, you can either go online at www.drjohnrvitale.com or call 201-521-9800 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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