Your smile is the first impression you make on people. Make yours sparkle with veneers, a permanent procedure that involves placing a thin layer of porcelain over your existing teeth to improve their appearance and increase their strength. At Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine, the cosmetic dental specialists can help you determine if this permanent procedure is right for your smile. If you live in the Brooklyn area of New York City, call the office or use the online booking agent to arrange a consultation.
You might choose veneers to correct minor overlaps and gaps between teeth, and veneers are also a solution to cracks or chips. They’re less invasive than crowns or braces, but can make a major change in your appearance.
Veneers also whiten discolored teeth — especially those resistant to traditional whitening methods — and continue to resist food, drink, and tobacco stains.
To apply a veneer, you’ll have approximately a millimeter layer of your tooth enamel removed so that the overlay can fit naturally into your mouth. The veneers, which are custom designed to match the natural shape and color of your teeth, are bonded to the surface of your teeth.
Veneer placement typically requires one or two visits. At the first appointment, you’ll have impressions made, and then they’re sent to a lab for preparation of the porcelain overlays. Your teeth are prepped for the veneer application, and temporary veneers are affixed until the final veneers come in. At the second appointment, the new custom-designed veneers are bonded to your teeth.
You usually don’t need anesthesia to have the impressions made for the production of your veneers, but discuss any concerns about discomfort with the staff prior to treatment.
During the preparation process and adhesion of the veneers, local anesthesia may be administered to relieve discomfort. You may have slight soreness following the procedure, which is usually relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers.
About a week after your veneers are placed, you come in for a checkup to discuss the fit of your new veneers and ensure your mouth (and you) are adapting to them.
Care for veneers just as you would your normal teeth by brushing and flossing twice daily. Plus, schedule regular dental visits to get the veneers cleaned with a specially-formulated, professional polish, so you maintain them as long as possible.
If you grind or clench your teeth, especially as you sleep, you may receive a night guard to prevent you from damaging the veneers.