Restoring your smile with veneers at Gallery 57 Dental in New York, NY
If you’re someone who has always wanted a brighter, whiter, more picture-perfect smile, veneers may be the perfect dental treatment for you. By enhancing the teeth you already have or by quickly replacing lost ones, veneers allow patients to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted - bright, radiant, and natural-looking.
At Gallery 57 Dental, our dentists, who combine their expertise with years of experience to provide high-quality patient care, provide veneers that not only look natural but remain strong and durable, building a smile that can last longer than a decade.
What are Veneers?
A veneer is made up of material, either composite or porcelain, that is placed as a layer above an existing tooth to restore a smooth surface and improve the aesthetics of a tooth and a patient’s overall smile. Often designed to look natural, not only do veneers make for an improved look while talking, smiling, and laughing, but they are also fully functional and durable when it comes to chewing, biting, and eating.
Can Ceramic Veneers Really Be Made In One Day?
Who Is A Candidate for Veneers?
If you are someone in overall good health who maintains a good oral routine and is not suffering from gum disease, severe tooth decay, or damaged tooth enamel, you are a candidate for veneers.
How Long Do Ceramic Veneers Last?
On average veneers can last about 10-25 years with proper care. Newer porcelains are virtually indestructible and hardly ever chip. Veneers can de-bond, but usually, they need to be replaced when they are no longer esthetic.
How strong are ceramic veneers?
Ceramic veneers are extremely durable due to the materials used to fabricate them, as well as the bonding technique. Patients with any kind of veneers are advised to brush twice a day, floss around the veneers daily, and to avoid biting on hard foods and objects.
Doing do can degrade the bond between veneers and teeth. Additionally, it is advisable to avoid biting and twisting a food to break it, like one may do with a bagel or taffy candy. The force combined with a twisting motion can also break down the bond between the veneer and the tooth.
How to Maintain Ceramic Veneers
After veneers are placed, it’s up to the wearer to protect them to increase their lifespan. Here are some ways to properly care for your veneers:
- Follow good oral hygiene practices, the same ones that you follow for your natural teeth.
- Brush at least twice a day, floss and see your dentist regularly.
- Wear a mouth guard if you are involved in any sports to avoid accidents that could crack or chip veneers.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools. Using your teeth as scissors to open a stubborn knot or closed container is a no-no and will lead to cracking or breaking your porcelain veneer.
- Protect your veneers from certain habits like clenching, grinding or putting excessive pressure on your teeth.
- Maintaining the color of your veneers is easy since they are highly stain resistant, but the dental cement that keeps them in place can become discolored. This can make the edge of the veneer appear yellowed and unnatural. To protect the color, patients should avoid stain producing foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, wine, berries, and tomato sauce.
Why choose ceramic veneers?
Veneers can be fabricated from a few different dental materials. Porcelain veneers are very lifelike, resistant to stains, and can last upwards of 20 years. It takes two visits to the dental office, impressions, and temporary veneers to complete that treatment process. Ceramic veneers are unique to the CEREC system of dental restorations. CEREC has historically been known as the procedure for making same-day crowns. Patients are often surprised to discover that this proven system is also capable of fabricating precisely-fit, custom-made veneers in a single visit. Choosing ceramic veneers means not having to wait even one more day to see your very best smile.
What are the benefits of ceramic veneers?
The primary reason people choose to get CEREC ceramic veneers is that are interested in streamlining their treatment process. Most people, when they have a choice, prefer to complete dental procedures in a single appointment. While the convenience of CEREC ceramic veneers is a significant benefit, patients also appreciate that their veneers are made with a great deal of precision to achieve the ideal fit.
CEREC restorations are carved from a block of dental ceramic that matches the natural or whitened shade of the patient’s teeth. Like porcelain veneers, ceramic veneers can last 15 to 20 years or longer.
Will I get cavities with ceramic veneers?
Yes. Veneers of any kind cover only the front surface of a tooth or teeth. Cavities can still form in between teeth and on the back sides of veneered teeth. The chance of cavities decreases significantly with daily brushing and flossing.
Do ceramic veneers stain?
According to a recent study, CEREC restorations are very resistant to staining, including coffee stains. CEREC veneers and crowns are most often carved from hybrid or feldspathic ceramics, which demonstrated such minimal discoloration after soaking in coffee that the changes could not be discerned with the naked eye. Researchers who conducted this study concluded that, with routine professional cleanings during which the dentist may polish the CEREC veneers, optimal shading should last for the lifetime of the veneer.
Are there restrictions on what I can eat with ceramic veneers?
No. Even if you enjoy eating dense, chewy, or crunchy foods, you may do so with veneers. The trick is to cut these types of foods into smaller pieces so you do not have to bite into them. For example, rather than biting into a crisp apple, cut it into pieces.
Are ceramic veneers covered by insurance?
No. Veneer treatment is performed only to improve the appearance of one or more teeth. There is no functional repair achieved. Insurance providers only cover dental treatments that fall under preventive or restorative services.
What Are the Contraindications for Veneers?
A patient can be in good overall health but have crooked teeth. In this case, it may be difficult to place veneers over misaligned teeth, and some patients may need to address this and other oral conditions before being approved to get veneers.
Most importantly, however, if a patient lacks the adequate amount of tooth tissue required for the veneer material to bond, or if you have unhealthy tooth enamel, placing veneers may not be possible. To determine your eligibility for veneers, schedule a consultation with us by clicking here.
What are the Different Types of Veneers?
There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. Porcelain veneers are the most durable option and can last up to fifteen years before needing touch-ups or replacements. Composite veneers are just as durable as porcelain veneers, but because they are less expensive, they may not last as long as a decade before needing follow-up care. While both serve the same purpose and are designed to look just like your natural teeth, they still have distinct differences. One may benefit you more than the other, depending on your oral needs and aesthetic goals.
Why Should I Get Veneers?
Veneers can provide multiple benefits for patients looking to not only improve their smile but also restore the full function of damaged teeth. Having veneers can correct stained teeth, make unevenly shaped teeth more even and proportional, as well as fill in gaps in your smile. Because veneers are made to last more than a decade, this procedure can also help save you money for future dental appointments that would need to address each of these problems individually.
"Dr. Orlando is the only dentist I've ever had that I don't dread seeing! He and his staff are always welcoming and personable. The work is impeccable (I'm currently doing Invisalign and getting an implant/veneer and couldn't be happier with the results so far).Dr. Orlando also takes the time to really explain the procedure/treatment so that I always know exactly what to expect and what the process/timeline would be like. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great dentist in midtown/upper Manhattan!" - A.B.
Call Gallery 57 Dental For Veneers In NYC!
If you’re ready to achieve the smile of your dreams, don’t wait to contact Gallery 57 Dental today! Click here to schedule your first consultation with us at our office in New York, NY. To find out more information about veneers or to learn if you are a candidate, call us at 212.246.8700.