54th Street Dental
General Dentist located in Midtown West, New York, NY
Do you have chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth that leave you feeling self-conscious? If so, you may want to consider investing in veneers. The team at 54th Street Dental in Midtown West Manhattan regularly uses veneers to transform their patients’ smiles. To learn more about the benefits of veneers, make an appointment by calling the New York City office or clicking the online booking tool today.
Veneers Q & A
What are veneers?
Dental veneers are custom-crafted shells of porcelain or composite resin that your 54th Street Dental provider bonds to the front of your natural, permanent teeth.
Once placed, veneers can address a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including misshapen teeth, cracked teeth, and spaces between your teeth.
Some people only get one veneer, but the team at 54th Street Dental usually recommends getting a series of six or eight. This helps to ensure your smile is both even and symmetrical.
What are the advantages of dental veneers?
The main advantage of dental veneers is achieving a brighter, whiter, and more even smile. However, dental veneers can also address cosmetic imperfections including:
- Smaller-than-average teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth
- Stained teeth
In addition, veneers are durable and long-lasting. With proper care, your veneers can last for between 10-15 years at a time, making them a semi-permanent investment.
How do you place veneers?
Receiving dental veneers usually takes two separate appointments. During your initial consultation, your 54th Street Dental provider does an exam, reviews your medical history, and discusses your goals for treatment. If your teeth and gums are healthy, your dentist moves forward with treatment.
First, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, numbing your tooth roots and gums. After the anesthesia sets in, your dentist carefully shaves a layer of enamel from the surface of your teeth, approximately one-millimeter thick.
Next, your dentist takes a series of impressions. Your dentist sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures your veneers.
About 2-3 weeks later, you return to 54th Street Dental for the placement of your veneers. At your second appointment, your dentist administers a local anesthetic, lines up the veneers with your teeth, and bonds them in place using dental cement. The process usually takes two hours or less and you leave the office with a shiny, white smile.
How do I care for my veneers?
You care for your veneers just like you would your natural, permanent teeth. Brush and floss regularly, visit the team at 54th Street Dental every six months for a cleaning and exam, and avoid bad habits such as chewing on ice and biting your nails. These steps will ensure your veneers last for an extended period of time.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental veneers, make an appointment at 54th Street Dental today – call the office or click the online booking tool to begin.