Everything you Need to Know about Porcelain Veneers
Have you ever caught yourself staring in the mirror wishing you could do something about your unsightly, discolored, uneven, or missing teeth? Then porcelain veneers may be an excellent option for you. Our skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Marianna Farber with Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City has used porcelain veneers to help numerous patients attain that beautiful, striking smile that they never thought was within their reach. Porcelain veneers are a great option if you want a safe and effective way to improve the look of your teeth and attain a smile that will give you the confidence you desire.
Veneers are a slim layer of tooth-like material that is placed over a patient’s real teeth. Cosmetic veneers are created with porcelain or composite resin which is then bonded to the front of the teeth. The end result is a beautiful, symmetrical smile that hides any imperfections that once existed.
What’s so great about porcelain?
The two main types of veneers are porcelain and resin. Porcelain is preferred by most dentists as it is more resistant to staining when compared to resin, and it also lasts longer. Porcelain also mimics the way light is reflected, similar to natural teeth. One of the main objectives of using veneers is to improve your smile without making it blatantly obvious that you’ve had dental work done.
Am I a good candidate?
Patients who are interested in porcelain veneers generally have different issues they want to address inside their mouth. Veneers are good for patients that are interested in seeking cosmetic improvement in the size, shape, color, and length of their teeth. Crooked or misshapen teeth are commonly seen in our office and porcelain veneers can help correct these issues. Other common reasons include severely discolored or stained teeth, teeth that are too small or too large, worn or chipped teeth, and missing teeth, or teeth with gaps.
Before you can be considered for custom porcelain veneers, Dr. Farber will want to ensure your oral health is in good shape. This means there are no signs of cavities or periodontal disease. In addition, if you clench or grind your teeth, you may not be a good candidate. All of these dental issues can be addressed and correct prior to your cosmetic treatment so that you can have the best oral health possible prior to receiving your porcelain veneers.
How do veneers work?
Once it’s been determined that you are a good candidate for veneers you will need to have impressions of your teeth made in our New York City dental office. Your impressions will be sent off to Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics, a prestigious New York City dental lab, where your veneers will custom be made from high-quality porcelain. Once Dr. Farber receives your veneers from the dental lab, you’ll come into the office and have a small amount of enamel removed from the front of your teeth. This allows room for the veneers and provides a smooth
surface for the veneers to adhere to. When the veneers are secured, small adjustments are made to ensure that they are comfortable and fit well. Once a final polish is made to your veneers, your new and improved smile is ready to go. This simple office procedure can remove any trace of the years of insecurities you once had with your original smile, and leave you feeling confident and ready to take on the world.
What is recovery like?
Getting veneers generally does not require any type of anesthesia. However, this varies by patient depending on what initial dental issues you have. Once your veneers are finally placed on your teeth, you are able to go about your normal day to day activities. Some patients have experienced a slight sensitivity to cold and hot foods for a few days following the dental procedure, and this is completely normal. Just like with regular teeth, it’s advised that patients be mindful when eating or drinking things that may stain or affect your teeth. As far as care of your new veneers, you should adhere to a consistent at-home dental routine to maintain good oral hygiene. Normal dental exams should still be made annually so that your veneers can also be examined, in addition to your teeth and gums.
How long do veneers last?
On average, veneers can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Porcelain veneers are very durable and as long as they are properly cared for and maintained on a regular basis, then they should last for quite some time. We encourage all of our patients to do their diligence outside of the dental office. Treat your veneers just like you would your real teeth with proper dental care both at home and with visits to our dental practice.
How to learn more
If you’re interested in learning more about porcelain veneers then please give Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City a call. You’ll be able to meet with dentist Dr. Marianna Farber and discuss your concerns and goals, and also move forward with a treatment plan. In order to determine if you’re a good candidate for veneers Dr. Farber will need to assess the health and condition of your mouth and teeth. You can also request to see before and after photos of previous patients who have decided to move forward with veneers, in order to get a better idea of what results will look like.
Porcelain veneers can take care of numerous dental issues and leave you with a beautiful new smile and a great confidence boost. Please give us a call today to get started on the journey to a new and improved you that begins with your smile
* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.