What Are Veneers and How Can They Change My Smile?
If you have misshapen, discolored, misaligned, or chipped teeth, it’s natural to feel self-conscious about your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry is a great way to transform your smile without pain or discomfort using the latest techniques and treatments. In Manhattan, Dr. Inna Chern offers minimally invasive porcelain and composite veneers as a cosmetic restoration method at our Midtown practice.
Porcelain or composite veneers are thin coverings that are placed over the visible surface of each tooth. They look just like natural teeth and can be customized to match your natural smile while still improving its appearance. They look and feel just like your natural teeth but can correct concerns like cracks, discoloration, and misalignment. The best part is that veneers can last for ten to twenty years or more with the right care and guidance from your dentist.
Types of Veneers
Composite veneers are made from a composite resin material that is applied to the teeth in small increments and often with little to no drilling. Composite veneers are a minimally invasive way to achieve your aesthetic goals and often are a bit less costly than lab fabricated ceramic veneers. Composite veneers can be completed in one appointment to our Midtown Manhattan office.
Porcelain veneers are a very durable alternative to composite veneers and provide the highest level of aesthetics. They can be made of varying ceramics such as feldspathic porcelain (mostly aesthetic), Emax (lithium disilicate), and Zirconia (known for its extraordinary strength). They provide the highest level of luster and the ability to blend seamlessly with remaining teeth. They do not stain and are as close in strength to natural teeth. Porcelain veneers require multiple appointments and are custom fabricated by our world-renowned ceramists.
The Porcelain Veneers Treatment Process and What to Expect
Your First Appointment (30-60 minutes)
Dr. Chern will take photographs and models to discuss your treatment goals during a consultation. You’ll go over your options for your specific cosmetic restoration goals and a virtual smile design rendering will be ordered from our world-renowned lab. Dr. Chern can discuss any other options you might have for enhancing your smile with our best cosmetic dentistry options.
Your Second Appointment (30-45 minutes)
You’ll review the virtual smile design and a “trial smile” will be placed in your mouth. Pictures will be taken and we’ll discuss any adjustments to the aesthetics. This means you’ll be able to try on your new smile before any drilling occurs so you can ensure you’ll get the result you want.
Your Third Appointment (60-120 minutes)
To place veneers, the teeth need to be prepared. Dr. Chern will gently reshape the surface of the tooth so that the veneer can be applied to the surface. A local anesthetic will be used during this step to minimize any discomfort. Once the teeth are reshaped, an impression is taken of your teeth. This will be sent to our lab to create your veneers. Temporary veneers will be placed while your final veneers are made. The temporaries are made with a special resin material and will look and feel similar to the permanent veneers but can be easily removed once the time comes to place your final veneers.
Your Final Appointment (60-90 minutes)
During this appointment, Dr. Chern will remove your temporaries and try in the veneers. She will examine your new veneers to make sure they have the right fit and form before bonding the veneers to the teeth. Once everything is confirmed, the teeth are cleaned with pumice, polished, and etched. A special dental cement is applied to the veneers and the veneers are placed over the natural tooth. A special light-curing tool is used to set the veneer into its permanent position. Finally, your bite will be checked and excess cement will be cleaned off. Final pictures will be taken and you’ll be ready to return home and enjoy your new smile!
Your Follow-up Appointment (1-2 weeks after)
Dr. Chern will schedule a follow-up appointment with you after placing your veneers. These follow-up appointments can help Dr. Chern oversee how your teeth and mouth are reacting to veneers and check for any concerns that might arise. After this appointment, you should make sure to schedule your regular hygiene appointments to make sure your veneers are long-lasting and getting the care they need.
Caring For Your Veneers
Taking good care of your veneers will mean that you get the most of your investment. You should make sure to follow these care steps at home to keep your veneers healthy and long-lasting:
- Eat a healthy diet (go easy on sweets and soft drinks)
- See your dentist regularly (every 4-6 months for a hygiene appointment)
- Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with a soft or electric toothbrush
- Floss every day or use a water flosser (Waterpik)
- Always clean between your teeth and around your veneers
Depending on the type of material, you can expect to get between ten to twenty years out of your custom-made veneers. Dr. Chern may also recommend an oral splint or nightguard to protect your teeth from forces and extend the life of your dental veneers.
Porcelain Veneer FAQ’s
Are crowns better than veneers?
It is up to the dentist to discuss and evaluate your treatment needs and objectives to decide if a crown or veneers is needed. Crowns are not better than veneers.
Can a regular dentist do veneers?
A general dentist can perform a veneer procedure.
Can veneers fall off?
It is rare and dental work can get damaged or fall off due to issues with the bite or bonding issues.
Are Porcelain veneers permanent?
If maintained properly, porcelain veneers can last between 10 to 25 years.
Are Porcelain veneers worth it?
Veneers are an excellent treatment to improve the esthetics and function of your bite. They are strong and highly esthetic.
Can you get veneers on bottom teeth?
Veneers can be placed anywhere in the mouth, including the front.
Are temporary veneers thicker?
Temporary veneers are very similar in thickness to the final veneers and can be adjusted and used as a way of modifying the esthetics.
Can you get veneers without shaving your teeth?
There are some types of veneers that do not require tooth structure removal.
Do veneers make your teeth look bigger?
Veneers should not make your teeth bigger unless that is your desired esthetic.
Can you sleep with veneers?
The veneers are permanently cemented to your teeth so you do sleep with them.
Can you use hydrogen peroxide on veneers?
You can rinse and use products with hydrogen peroxide with most dental work including veneers.
Do Veneers stay white?
Ceramic veneers do not change colors. They can not be made lighter and do not get darker.
Can you use mouthwash with veneers?
You can rinse and use mouthwash products with most dental work including veneers.
Do you have to brush your teeth with veneers?
Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is necessary to maintain the longevity of dental veneers.
Do veneers feel like real teeth?
Veneers feel like or better than real teeth.
How do you clean your real teeth with veneers?
You practice normal hygiene rituals with veneers. They should be brushed, flossed and checked by your dentist 2-3 times a year.
Is it painful to get porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers should be painless. Some sensitivity may occur during and right after treatment.
What are the requirements for veneers?
In order to get veneers, you must not have cavities on the teeth to be veneered.
What cant you eat with veneers?
You can eat most foods but try to avoid foods that could chip enamel like ice and hard nuts.
What happens to teeth under veneers?
When placed properly and maintained well, teeth under veneers are healthy and the structure is the same as before placement of veneers.
Will whitening strips damage veneers?
Whitening strips will not work to whiten veneers and should not be used on veneered teeth.
What is the process of getting porcelain veneers?
Your dentist will discuss your desires and take photographs and molds of the teeth. A mock-up will be ordered and discussed prior to touching the teeth. Once the mock-up is approved, your teeth are shaped to receive the veneers.
What is the best toothpaste for porcelain veneers?
Any ADA approved toothpaste with Fluoride is good to use with dental veneers.
How often do veneers have to be replaced?
Veneers last 10-20 years on average if maintained and checked by your dentist.
How long does it take to get veneers done?
The process can vary depending on the complexity of the case. On average veneers are completed in 2-4 weeks.
How do you know if you need veneers?
Veneers are an elective procedure most times to improve esthetics. Occasionally, they are recommended to restore function to your bite.
How do you clean your teeth under veneers?
The veneers are cemented closely to the teeth so there is no need to clean under the veneer.
What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?
Achieving your best smile is our priority. Veneers require a personalized, meticulous approach to ensure you get natural-looking results that fit you when you’re at your best. We’ll work with you on the best treatment plan for your cosmetic goals
Improving your smile is exciting! We want your visit to our Midtown East office to be enjoyable and relaxing. Your appointment will be designed around your comfort
We use world-class technology and minimally invasive techniques to create custom-made porcelain veneers that look great and last for years.