Should I get Veneers?

When you smile in the mirror or look at your photos, does your smile look as good as you would like? Are you hiding your smile because you don't like how your teeth look? Maybe they are discolored, or you have chipped teeth, asymmetry problems, or worse, you have some missing teeth. If your smile isn't as attractive as you'd like, you may be interested in learning more about a cosmetic smile makeover with porcelain veneers. Made with a porcelain shell, veneers go over your teeth to cover and hide all of the issues that bother you most. Porcelain veneers are so popular because they offer an effective, quick, beautiful way to enhance your small and appearance.

At Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry in New York City, Dr. Marianna Farber creates award-winning smiles with custom cosmetic veneers crafted from strong porcelain to make your smile look natural and appealing. Are you considering getting veneers? Here are some things to think about if so.

Are your teeth and gums healthy?

If you hope to get porcelain veneers, you should have healthy teeth and gums. Dental issues such as decay, cavities, plaque buildup, and gum (periodontal) disease should be addressed and treated prior to receiving veneers. Since your teeth will be directly bonded to the veneers, it's important for both the application and long-term success that you start with optimal oral health. Masking problems like decay or a gum infection with veneers can make it worse. We will perform a thorough dental exam and treat any existing problems before we begin with the veneer process.

Are your concerns primarily cosmetic?

If you are looking to get veneers because you want a whiter, straighter, more striking and natural looking smile, you are not alone. Most men and women who come to our New York City dental office want veneers for aesthetic concerns like small chips, cracks, gaps, stains, or misshapen teeth. Some treatments, such as teeth whitening or cosmetic bonding, can certainly help in some cases, but to makeover the smile and treat several issues at once, veneers are the preferred method. Also, in some situations, treatments such as laser teeth whitening or a dental implant may not be as effective if your teeth are stained dark or you have multiple gaps or spaces. Veneers takes care of all of this so you can enjoy a fully rejuvenated smile.

Are you looking for perfection?

While nothing is ever perfect, veneers can certainly give you what would appear to be the perfect set of teeth. Today’s dental technologies have made this possible, but even more importantly, your teeth can still look natural. In the past, veneers made teeth look too perfect, which made them look fake. With today’s advancements, veneers are made precisely to look natural. Your friends and family may not know exactly what you did, but they will notice you look different and great! So although dental veneers can dramatically improve your smile, you can still keep a little personality with it being overly obvious. For instance, if the gap in your front teeth is your defining trait, but you would like it to be less prominent, your veneers will be designed to match this goal.

Do you have small, baby-like teeth?

A hereditary condition, microdontia makes the teeth look like they are underdeveloped and patients with this condition generally have gaps. Microdontia can make your smile look like you still have your baby teeth. While this does not affect your overall oral health, most men and women find that they don’t look mature or “adult” enough because of it. Porcelain veneers are usually a good choice if you have microdontia. Dental veneers can create a beautiful smile that is proportionate to your face. We have helped many patients in New York, NY who have microdontia feel more confident in their smile with veneers.

Do you grind or clench your teeth?

Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw (bruxism) can cause significant damage to your oral health. Bruxism can cause tooth fractures, chips, and for some patients, dental misalignment. This isn't just an issue for your teeth, it will affect the porcelain veneers you just invested in. If your mouth shows signs of clenching and grinding, we may suggest a custom night guard to save your veneers and teeth. You may even be surprised at how much better you sleep once you have your custom night guard!

Are you prepared to take care of your veneers?

Cosmetic veneers from our office in New York, NY are crafted from strong, high-quality porcelain; however, they still require proper care. This means no eating hard candy or chewing on ice. Additionally, you should not use your teeth to open objects such as cutting tape or tearing open packages since this could shift your veneers. Although veneers resist stains better than your natural enamel, you should still have a good oral hygiene routine. You should floss and brush your teeth twice per day and continue with your regular dental visits. We want to make sure your oral health is at its best year-round and that your veneers look great and function well for years to come.

Are you ready to get your new smile?

Once you have thought about the above points and you'd like an in-person consultation, contact the New York City dental practice of Dr. Marianna Farber and we’ll take it from here! We will ask about your aesthetic goals, look closely at your teeth, gums, and smile, and help determine if veneers are right for you. Once you have decided to get veneers, we will develop a customized plan to craft and set your porcelain veneers. Compared to older veneers from years past, today’s porcelain veneers are stronger, faster to get, less hassle, and look natural. They can transform your entire smile and allow you to keep smiling year after year.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.