“I Feel Self Conscious About My Smile… What Can I Do?”
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.
“I have been Dr. Chern’s patient for several years now and I have no intention of ever finding another dentist. When you find an amazing dentist, you stick with them. She’s honest, professional, and knows what she’s doing. Her staff is just as amazing.”– David K.
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 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.
“One of the most wonderful dentists I have ever been to. Inna is kind, compassionate, and truly cares about her patients. I was always afraid of dentists until I met Inna. Highly recommend her for any dentistry needs – and if you would like your dentist to be your new best friend!”– Abhi G.
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.
Meet With Dr. Chern &
Her Manhattan Team
Cosmetic dental treatments help you feel great about your smile. That’s why we offer the best in cosmetic dentistry and veneers; so you can enjoy being at your best. To learn more about your options and begin creating your treatment plan with Dr. Chern, we invite you to contact our Manhattan office by calling or filling out our online form.