Top 3 Questions to Ask About Porcelain Veneers

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While we say you can’t judge a book by its cover, nothing says more about you than an attractive set of teeth. From getting a job to impressing a new date, our smiles play a big part in first, second and all impressions.

Unfortunately, we can’t all say we’re proud of our smiles. Many of us are embarrassed about chipped, stained, misaligned and damaged teeth. At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, we find that many of our patients benefit from porcelain veneers.

Here are the top three questions we are commonly asked about dental veneers.

Are veneers right for me?

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain. Once applied, they can restore the look of natural teeth and provide resiliency akin to tooth enamel. Bonded to original tooth enamel, veneers will be custom made to contour to your teeth.

Porcelain veneers aren’t the right solution for every patient. Those who have extensive gum disease, badly fractured teeth, inadequate tooth enamel or large dental fillings may not be good candidates for the procedure. But veneers are perfect for teeth which are chipped, discolored, damaged or misaligned.

What is the procedure for dental veneers?

  • The first step is a consultation with Dr. Elliot or Dr. Nick at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. Together, your concerns and desires would be reviewed. If dental veneers appear to be the right solution, your mouth will be thoroughly examined.
  • The next stage would entail shaving tooth enamel to compensate for the additional thickness veneers would add to teeth. Once that process is complete, we will take impressions of your teeth for the lab.
  • Somewhere between one and two weeks later, the lab will return the veneers to Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We will prep each individual tooth before setting the veneers. The last step will be using a unique light to secure the bond between veneer and tooth.
  • We will review your new smile, ensuring the tooth restorations are perfect.

How do I care for porcelain veneers?

Veneers can be cared for using the same protocols as natural teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.

Limit your intake of foods and beverages known for creating stains on teeth. If you tend to clench your jaw or grind your teeth excessively, you can cause veneers to chip or crack. You should consider wearing a night guard to prevent damage.

Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry is a full-service facility, offering general and cosmetic dentistry for everyone in Suffolk Country, Nassau County and Long Island. If you have a question about veneers or other oral health issues, feel free to give us a call or make an appointment.

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