Adding veneers to your teeth is an effective way to brighten your smile while smoothing out uneven teeth and correcting mild to moderate structural problems. They’re a cost-effective alternative to crowns while providing an even, natural look that matches or improves the appearance of your own teeth. Dr. Cheng H. Tai, DDS, MS, PC, in Midtown Manhattan, New York, recommends porcelain veneers when you want a restoration that addresses both tooth repair and cosmetic appearance. Contact the office by phone or online for an appointment.
Bonded to the front of your teeth, dental veneers, commonly made from porcelain, can give you a white smile that closely resembles the appearance of natural tooth enamel. However, veneers have other cosmetic properties, as well as the ability to strengthen and support teeth with other issues. You may wish to consider dental veneers if you have any of these conditions:
In some cases, tooth damage may be beyond the capacity of veneers to repair, and Dr. Tai will recommend a dental crown or other solution.
Usually, dental veneers require three appointments. If your concerns are primarily cosmetic, Dr. Tai may recommend Lumineers®, a very thin brand of veneer that can be fitted in two appointments. Otherwise, you’ll start with an appointment that includes an examination and assessment to determine if veneers are the appropriate solution for your treatment goals. This visit may include X-rays and dental scans.
The second appointment prepares your teeth to receive the veneers as well as accumulating the information needed by the dental lab to construct your custom veneers. Typically, about half a millimeter of tooth enamel must be removed to make room for the thickness of the veneer. Once your teeth are prepared, another dental scan is made for use by the dental lab to create a precise fit. Depending on your situation, Dr. Tai may fit you with temporary veneers while waiting the weeks it takes to receive the permanent veneers back from the lab.
At your third and final appointment, the veneers are permanently bonded to your teeth. After this, you’ll have a follow-up visit in a few weeks to check progress, but otherwise, your smile is ready to go.
Porcelain veneers require the same dental hygiene routine as your natural teeth, including daily brushing and flossing, as well as check-ups with Dr. Tai every six months. You can expect up to 15 years of wear before veneers need replacement.