Cracks, gaps, discoloration, and other aesthetic imperfections can make you feel self-conscious and less likely to smile and laugh in front of others. Porcelain dental veneers are a few options at our dentistry center that can instantly conceal various imperfections.
Our doctors Irene and Alexander Bokser skillfully use porcelain veneers to give you the even white teeth and smile you’ve always dreamed of. Make an appointment today at our dental center to see if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers.
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Porcelain Veneers can provide you with straighter, whiter teeth and are among the most popular dental market treatments.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers teeth (dental laminates) are designed from thin slices of a material that gives your teeth the color you’re looking to achieve. They have the ability to turn unattractive, yellowing teeth into a whiter, natural hue to complete your smile makeover in our dental office.
Dental veneers are applied onto the surface of your teeth with long-lasting cement. The ultraviolet light then hardens the cement. It’s an easy and painless procedure when performed by our top-rated dentist.
Getting veneers teeth requires a simple office visit. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, about 89 percent of those seeking any kind of dental work do so to improve their appearance, while only 54 percent visit a dentist to improve their dental health. Like you, however, many see a dentist to get the best of both.
What Are the Reasons to Get Dental Veneers?
Teeth whitening doesn’t always provide the results you want. In that case, dental laminates are just maybe your best bet to get the whitest teeth. Dental veneers also can be useful as restorative alternatives to treat dental problems that include:
Broken, chipped, or fractured teeth
Damaged or spotty tooth enamel
Weakened teeth from gum disease
Crooked or misaligned teeth
Unevenly sized teeth
Unsightly gaps between teeth that bother you
Dental laminates are also much less expensive than bonding or crowns and, unlike orthodontic treatments, can provide an instant, straight smile.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are a non-surgical solution to problems including:
cracked or chipped teeth
Veneers can provide you with the color and efficiency that you are seeking and make eating and talking easier. Moreover, it is usually incredibly difficult to tell the difference between veneers and your natural teeth. Veneers are also stain-proof, allowing you to eat or drink just about anything. You can maintain your veneers in the same way you would treat your normal teeth.
What Is the Difference Between Porcelain Veneers and Composite Resin Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are what are called indirect restorations meaning they are made outside the mouth. In contrast, composite resin veneers are direct restorations because the composite resin is applied directly to the tooth surfaces. Although slightly more expensive, porcelain veneers are hard-wearing and long-lasting, and with the right care, should last ten years or longer. Also, porcelain cannot stain or change shade.
Composite resin veneers are cheaper, and the process to make and fit them is usually quicker, typically completed in a single visit. In contrast, porcelain veneers can take two or more visits. However, composite resin can become stained after a few years and isn’t as hard-wearing. You will need to replace composite resin veneers more quickly compared with porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers can be a good choice if you want to have multiple veneers, as often people choose this treatment to cover all the teeth visible when smiling or at least all their front teeth. If you only have one or two teeth you wish to veneer, composite resin veneers could be a much more economical choice.
The Process of Getting Porcelain Veneers
After a consultation at our dental center, giving you a full understanding of the process, why each stage needs to occur, and deciding that veneers are right for you, we can add the veneers. Our dentists Dr. Alexander and Dr. Irene, will then create a wax model of your smile to show you how your teeth will look like. We usually need to scrape off a tiny amount of the existing tooth surface to fit the veneer properly. This provides the right aesthetics whilst giving the tooth its function back.
Getting porcelain veneers usually takes around three months, and you will normally be given temporary dental laminates. The temporary veneers will give you an insight into how the result will look and feel and gives us the chance to make adjustments if needed before the permanent porcelain veneers are fitted. Once this period is over, you can expect to have bite function fully restored. The process cannot be reversed once the permanent veneers are in place.
Our dental specialists will need to use a gel to roughen up the tooth surface and make the bonding process more efficient. We use a light wand to send heat through the veneer to the bonding agent and remove moisture to speed up bonding before eliminating excess cement and polishing the veneer.
What Are The Alternatives to Veneers?
If you need more extensive dental treatment, you may not be able to get veneers, at least not right away. Your dentist may recommend alternatives to dental laminates that may give you the same, if not better, results. Alternatives to veneers that may work well for you include:
Depending on your geographic location, the cost of treatment per tooth can range from $500 to $1,100 or more. A smile makeover for upper teeth usually involves four veneers, so you can expect to pay from $2,000 to $4,500. Before receiving your permanent smile makeover in Astoria, you may need temporary veneers that can be installed at an additional cost.
How Effective Are Porcelain Veneers?
The material from which the porcelain veneers are made is fragile. As a result, you receive a natural-looking restoration and an improved aesthetic appearance. The placement requires minimal tooth preparation, which allows enamel to be preserved. Unlike composite material, porcelain provides greater bonding strength to the tooth enamel. Another reason why dental porcelain laminates are effective is the predictable longevity of the treatment. According to a study published on NCBI, the average lifespan of porcelain veneers ranges from 5 to 20 years, while composites veneers generally last up to 5 years.
How Many Veneers Will I Need?
Some people only need to have a few veneers, as their teeth are otherwise quite nicely shaped. Others will opt for a more comprehensive treatment, where they are fitted with multiple veneers covering most or all the teeth they show when smiling or talking. Your choice depends on your aims for treatment, and often veneers are used as part of a more comprehensive smile makeover.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
Usually, veneers will last ten years or even longer, but this all depends on how well you look after them. You must brush and floss around your veneers thoroughly, and it’s crucial to continue seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
What are Prep-Free Veneers?
You might have heard about prep-free veneers, where no tooth preparation is necessary. These veneers are made from solid, thin porcelain and can last up to 20 years. However, they are only suitable in specific circumstances and where there is enough room to place your veneers without modifying your teeth. For example, if you have teeth that need bringing out into alignment or are too small or worn, these veneers could be an option.
Caring for Your Veneers
Once you have your veneers, you will want to care for them properly, as this will help prolong their life. Make sure you see your dentist regularly for checkups and hygiene appointments. In between your checkups, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Floss thoroughly around all your teeth, including those with dental veneers. The more you look after your veneers, the longer they will last and look good. Also, treat your veneers gently as if they were your natural teeth and avoid opening packets or using them as tools that could chip the veneers.
Veneers are suitable for anyone with slight gaps in their teeth or cracked, chipped, and stained teeth. We have provided adults of all ages with dental laminates in the past. A number of A-list celebrities have invested in veneers, but this does not mean that our solutions are out of your price range. Contact us today to find out if porcelain veneers are a good option for you.
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Astoria: (718) 274-2749 or Bayside: (718) 274-2749