Chances are, you have at least one tooth that you look at a little more closely in the mirror. Maybe you have a little spot of discoloration or a tiny hairline crack that gives you a little shiver of worry. Or, maybe your teeth are just moving and you have a tooth that used to be in line but is now marching to the beat of its own drum. Keep reading to learn how veneers can help you get the smile you want.
Veneers are thin shells that are permanently bonded to your tooth to give it a better appearance. They are often made of porcelain, which is a substance that easily mimics the look of your natural teeth. They are often completely unnoticeable after placement and seem just like your natural teeth.
The process of placing a veneer is fairly straightforward. We first will take an impression of your teeth so we can make the perfect shape and size of the new veneer. The veneer is designed to fit on top of your natural tooth. The color is expertly matched so the tooth doesn’t stand out or look out of place when placed by your other teeth.
While the lab is preparing your new veneer, we prepare your tooth. A small portion of your enamel is filed away to give space for the new, thin shell to fit perfectly over the top. While your veneer is being created, a temporary veneer is placed over your tooth with removable glue to protect the tooth and give you an idea of what your finished result will look like.
It’s important to be careful with your temporary veneer, so avoiding food that is hard is important. Also, be careful to brush your teeth gently to avoid disturbing the temporary veneer.
Once the permanent veneer is ready, we will have you back to complete your visit. Your veneer is permanently bonded to your tooth, and you will have the smile you’ve been waiting for!
If you’re interested in cosmetic dentistry and what we can do for you, give us a call at (212) 246-8700 to schedule a consultation.