Dental veneers are thin shells that are adhered to the front side of visible teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. They are a popular cosmetic dental treatment that many people use to correct many different cosmetic concerns with a single treatment. Veneers are commonly used to completely makeover smiles, but they can also be used to correct cosmetic concerns on a single tooth. In fact, the versatility of veneers is one of the main reasons for their popularity.
Did You Know?
Veneers can be made from both porcelain and composite resin. Most cosmetic dentists will recommend porcelain, however, because it is strong, long lasting, and stain resistant. Composite veneers are reversible, while porcelain veneers are not.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for veneers?
You may be a candidate for veneers if you are looking for a minimally invasive cosmetic dental treatment to improve the appearance of your smile. As mentioned before, veneers are exceptionally versatile and can address the following concerns:
- Crooked teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Teeth with gaps between them
- Overlapping teeth
- Unevenly sized teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Teeth that are too small
- Stained or discolored teeth
However for you to be an ideal candidate for veneers, the teeth being treated must be free from tooth decay. If any tooth decay is found, you will simply need to have it treated before getting your veneers placed. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for veneers,schedule a consultation with Dr. Alina Huang DDS at your Midtown Manhattan dental office today.
What can I expect when having veneers placed at Glow Dental?
When having veneers placed, you can expect to attend two dental appointments. The first appointment is necessary to prepare the teeth and obtain information for the dental laboratory to custom fabricate your veneers. Your dentist will anesthetize prior to beginning the preparation in order to keep you comfortable. Once you are numb, a small amount of enamel will be removed from your teeth. This allows the veneer to fit seamlessly over your teeth.
After your teeth have been prepared, a dental impression or oral scan will be taken to obtain the information necessary to fabricate your veneers. Before leaving the office, you will also have temporary veneers placed to protect your teeth until the permanent restoration is complete. In about 1-2 weeks, you will return to your cosmetic dentist’s office to have your permanent veneers fit and adhered to your teeth.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after having veneers placed?
Between the first and second appointments, you will be wearing temporary veneers. It is important to note that temporary veneers are not as strong as permanent veneers, therefore you should take care not to bite into foods that are excessively hard, chewy, sticky, or crunchy. You may also experience some minor tooth sensitivity until your teeth have adapted.
Once your permanent veneers are placed, you can return to your usual diet. However, you will still want to exercise caution when eating foods that can damage your veneers. It is also important to avoid nail biting, chewing on ice, and bruxism to prevent damage. Finally, you will need to care for your veneers by practicing good oral hygiene habits, like brushing twice a day and flossing.