If you’re looking for a comprehensive cosmetic solution that’s fast and natural-looking, porcelain veneers could be the right choice for you. These thin restorations are bonded directly to the visible surface of your teeth, creating a beautiful new, uniform finish. Tribeca Dental Studio’s porcelain veneers in NYC can give you that gorgeous straight, bright smile you’ve always wanted!
Why Get Porcelain Veneers?
Patients come to us to get porcelain veneers for many reasons. The one thing they all have in common is that they all want a great-looking smile! Some of the reasons for getting veneers are:
- Discoloration that whitening doesn’t fix
- Minor misalignment of teeth
- Broken, cracked, or chipped tooth or teeth
- Teeth that are worn
- Diastema, or gap(s)
When you come in for a consultation, we’ll ask you about your goals for your smile. This is a good starting point for exploring all of your options. The information we get from that conversation will also help us plan your treatment so that you get the most out of it.
How Porcelain Veneers Are Done
With any procedure, it can help ease anxiety to know what is going to happen. And as dental procedures go, this is an easy one:
- To begin your porcelain veneers, the dentist will trim about 0.5 to 0.75 mm from your tooth’s enamel.
- The dentist or her assistant will take impressions of your teeth now so that the lab can make veneers that fit perfectly onto them.
- The dentist will create a design for your porcelain veneers that matches the surrounding natural teeth in terms of translucency and other qualities.
- The dentist will send the impressions and specifications to their lab of choice and apply temporary veneers if they’re needed.
- Once the lab prepares your veneers, you’ll return to the dentist’s office to have them fitted and placed.
Now, you get to enjoy your gorgeous new smile and the confidence that comes with it!
Are Porcelain Veneers Painful?
Most patients experience no pain or discomfort at all. The trimming process is a little like sanding, and it’s only applied to the outermost layers of enamel.
Some patients do have to have cavities filled or old fillings replaced before receiving veneers. But, thanks to the gift of anesthesia, fillings aren’t painful either!
There is a short period after veneers are applied during which some patients report sensitivity. This should go away entirely in a few weeks or less.
Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?
Porcelain veneers last 7–15 years for most patients. Certainly, a veneer could fail before 7 years or last longer than 15, but the majority fall into that range. Porcelain veneers are permanent in the sense that they’re irreversible. If one breaks or disengages from the tooth, you’ll need to have it replaced. Having a veneer or veneers replaced is the same process as having them placed the first time.
Who Does Porcelain Veneers in NYC?
Due to the complex process of designing veneers to match your other teeth and your features, it’s important to choose a skilled dentist who works with a reputable lab. Tribeca Dental Studio’s doctors have undergone extensive training in the art of veneer design and placement, and we’ll take our time to ensure that the results match your personal characteristics in a complimentary fashion. Our lab produces beautiful, lifelike veneers every time.
Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers
In addition to traditional veneers, we offer Lumineers as an even less invasive cosmetic treatment that doesn’t require as much alteration to your natural teeth. This type of veneer has one primary benefit: It’s reversible. If you no longer want veneers at a later date, you can simply have Lumineers removed. There is also one primary drawback: No-prep veneers like Lumineers don’t last as long as porcelain veneers and have to be replaced more often.
Direct bonding may also be a good alternative for small things you’d like to improve in your smile. Visit our dental bonding page for more information on this treatment.
Get Porcelain Veneers in NYC
Book a consultation with Tribeca Dental Studio today to learn more about porcelain veneers can help you love your smile!