If you’re looking for a simple and highly effective way to whiten your teeth, hide unsightly chips, or improve your smile, look no further than veneers. The cosmetic dentists at Carnegie Hill Dental Group in New York City specialize in ultra-thin veneers, or custom-fitted porcelain shells designed to conceal common cosmetic dental issues and restore a beautiful, natural-looking smile. To find out what veneers can do for you, call their Upper East Side office or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental veneers, or laminates, are thin porcelain shells that are designed to look like your natural teeth. When fitted over the front side of your teeth, they can be used to help conceal virtually any cosmetic flaw, including:
Because they offer an easier way to repair minor cosmetic problems, restore lost structure, change the contour or length of your teeth, or instantly whiten your smile, veneers can be an attractive alternative to cosmetic bonding.
A licensed technician custom creates veneers in a special dental lab, working from a model provided by the team at Carnegie Hill Dental Group.
Getting veneers is typically a multistep process that requires two visits:
Your first appointment starts with an A-to-Z dental consultation to discuss your treatment goals, followed by a comprehensive dental exam to help diagnose any cosmetic issues.
Then, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed lightly buffs and etches your enamel to accommodate the veneer and prepare the surface of your teeth for bonding. In most cases, no more than about half a millimeter of the tooth’s surface is removed; if you’re particularly sensitive, the team can use a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable.
After your teeth are properly prepared, they take impressions to send to the dental lab.
Once your custom-created veneers arrive from the lab, Dr. Vohra or Dr. Mohamed places each one on your teeth to make sure they fit properly, and to ensure you’re happy with the chosen shade of white. If the hue of your veneers isn’t quite right, it can be adjusted before they’re attached to your teeth.
After cleansing your teeth with special bond-promoting chemicals, they use a special cement to secure the veneers to your teeth, then use a special light to help solidify the bond.
Because porcelain veneers are bonded to your teeth, they’re incredibly strong and durable. Although they last an average of 10-15 years, yours can last much longer if you maintain good oral health habits, avoid using your teeth as tools, and limit staining beverages like tea, coffee, and red wine.
To find out how veneers can transform your smile, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.