When a person's smile shows dental flaws instead of pearly whites, it can cause them to feel embarrassed and self-conscious. This is why many New York City men and women look to the help of a cosmetic dentist to restore their teeth to a more pristine condition. Porcelain veneers are an extremely common and long-lasting way to beautify your smile and overall appearance. This customized cosmetic dental procedure consists of wafer-thin porcelain overlays that cover your existing teeth. The veneers are bonded to the front of your natural teeth so stains and issues with color, shape, size, and alignment can be permanently corrected.
Dr. Marianna Farber of Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, NY, is a cosmetic dental expert. She has the expertise needed to restore your smile to one you will love. Coupled with her keen attention to detail, Dr. Farber and her team provide patients with long-term solutions to their dental issues. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and are considering porcelain veneers, read below as we answer some common questions regarding how porcelain veneers can provide an instant smile repair.
What issues can veneers fix?
Porcelain veneers are a versatile type of dental restoration that can fix a range of common concerns for both men and women. While not everyone was born with the perfect smile, porcelain veneers make it possible to have the gorgeous teeth many have always wanted. If you have noticed the beautiful smiles of celebrities, there is a good chance they have porcelain veneers. Stain-resistant and durable, porcelain veneers mimic many qualities of your natural teeth.
Some of the issues Dr. Marianna Farber of Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry treats include:
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Eroded or short teeth
- Tiny teeth or microdontia
- Superficial chips and cracks
- Ridged or damaged enamel
- Widely spaced or "gapped" teeth
- Teeth that are crooked or twisted
Will my teeth look fake with porcelain veneers?
Thanks in part to medical advancements in the field of cosmetic dentistry, today's veneers are more realistic-looking than ever before. New materials used to make porcelain veneers allow for natural translucency and a sheen that emulates natural teeth. The fit is snug against a patient's gums without any irritation or foreign feel in the mouth. Dental veneers are one of the most natural-looking improvements available for a less-than-perfect smile.
How do I get started?
The first step is to schedule a consultation at the New York City office of Dr. Marianna Farber. During this time, she will discuss the benefits of custom porcelain veneers, explain the procedure, and let you know what you can expect. This is your time to talk openly, ask questions, and discuss your goals so reasonable expectations can be addressed. Following an examination of your mouth including dental impressions and possibly x-rays, Dr. Farber will determine your candidacy for dental veneers. Poor candidates for this procedure include men and women who grind or clench their teeth, as this may damage the porcelain and cause it to chip or crack.
What is involved?
The entire process can usually be completed in three separate dentist visits. After the consultation or planning stage, Dr. Farber will create a small, thin space where your veneers will be placed. Digital impressions and photographs are employed to help ensure a proper fit and appearance when sent to Jason J. Kim Dental Aesthetics, a prestigious dental lab for custom fabrication. Once the veneers are ready, patients return to the office to have their veneers permanently bonded to their teeth. During the process of applying porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed so the veneer can rest seamlessly on top of the existing tooth. Once your new veneer has been bonded, it is permanent. With proper hygiene and care, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years.
Are there any side effects?
Directly after bonding the veneers, it is not uncommon to experience some temperature sensitivity due to the removal of enamel from your natural teeth. Within a few weeks, this sensitivity should lessen. Patients should return to Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry about a week after their veneers are placed for a check-up.
How do I maintain my porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers should be cared for just like your natural teeth. Proper care includes daily brushing, flossing, and use of antiseptic mouthwash to maintain good oral health. Schedule and attend routine dental exams and cleanings to reduce the buildup of plaque and keep your teeth in tip-top shape. Avoid chewing on hard and sticky foods such as ice and hard candy, which can damage your veneers. Your veneers are stain-resistant, but it is best to avoid stain-causing food and drinks like coffee or tea. With proper care, your dental veneers can provide long-lasting results.
Men and women can have the smile of their dreams. If you are uncomfortable about the way your teeth look when you smile, porcelain veneers could be your solution. This simple dental procedure provides significant benefits to make you look and feel great. Dr. Marianna Farber of Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry understands your goals and works diligently to formulate a customized plan for your new grin. If you are interested in custom porcelain veneers, call us today to schedule your consultation.