When you look at recent photos, do your teeth look good? Do you find yourself hiding your smile or cover your teeth while you talk because you don’t like how your teeth look? If your smile isn't as attractive as you'd like, you may want a cosmetic smile makeover with dental veneers. One of the most popular treatments for men and women throughout New York City, dental veneers can make a dramatic improvement to your overall smile and self-confidence. Veneers are a thin porcelain shell that fit over your visible teeth to hide or mask spaces, gaps, cracks, stains, as well as missing, crooked, or asymmetrical teeth. Porcelain veneers are so popular because they offer a quick, effective smile makeover.
At SmilesNY, we offer cosmetic veneers made from high-quality porcelain so your new smile looks dazzling and natural. To help decide if you should to get dental veneers, think about if:
You have ongoing dental concerns
Most people want veneers to correct cosmetic concerns like minor cracks, chips, stains, gaps, or misshapen teeth. A single treatment, like cosmetic bonding or tooth whitening, may be enough if you have one issue, but porcelain veneers can treat multiple issues at the same time with great results. Veneers can also be a good option if you have deep or dark stains that cannot be lightened, even with laser teeth whitening. Some men and women have lived with their cosmetic concerns for years. Porcelain veneers gives New York City patients a lasting, dramatic enhancement to redefine your smile and give you the pearly whites you have always wanted. The concerns you once had, will be a thing of the past.
You are seeking perfection
While there is no such thing as perfect, porcelain veneers can get you pretty close to it. When veneers were first introduced years ago, they made teeth look too perfect, which made them look fake. With advancements in both dental technology and dentist skill, veneers today are custom made to look natural so others may notice you look better, but they won’t know exactly what you did. While porcelain veneers can be used to improve your smile dramatically, you may want to keep some of your personality. For example, if the gap in your front teeth is your defining trait, but you want it to be less prominent, your veneers will be designed to match this goal.
You have abnormally small teeth
Known as microdontia, this is often a hereditary condition where the teeth are abnormally small and typically have large gaps. If you have microdontia, your smile may look like it’s still full of baby teeth. Even if small teeth and gaps aren’t affecting your oral health, it may be making you look less “adult” than you’d like. Dental veneers are usually a great choice for patients with microdontia. Veneers can give you a beautiful smile that matches your other facial features. SmilesNY Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry has helped many patients with microdontia gain confidence in their appearance with custom porcelain veneers.
Your oral health is in good check
Candidates can provide the smile makeover you have been wanting. However, patients who are seeking to have veneers, should already have healthy teeth and gums. Problems like decay, cavities, gum disease, and plaque buildup must be treated before you can receive veneers. Even though your teeth may not look cosmetically appealing, it doesn’t mean they still can be orally sound. Since the veneers are bonded directly to the teeth, optimal oral health is key for their application and long-term success. Masking problems like decay or a gum infection with a veneer can actually make your condition worse, which is why your dentist should thoroughly examine and treat problems before starting the veneers process.
You do not suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding)
If you find yourself clenching your teeth during the day or suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism) at night, this can lead to significant damage to your oral health. It can cause potential tooth fractures, chips, as well as dental misalignment. This is not only a problem for your natural teeth, it will affect the porcelain veneers you just invested in. If you have signs of bruxism, your dentist may recommend a night guard to protect both your veneers and teeth. You may even find that you sleep better with a custom night guard!
You will take ongoing care of your new veneers
Cosmetic veneers from our practice in New York, NY are made with high-quality porcelain that is strong, but they still require proper care. This means you should be careful with your veneers just as you would with your own set of teeth. You should avoid chewing ice or hard candy and avoid using your teeth as tools (for example, to open packages or cutting tape). Although veneers are more resistant to staining, you still need to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush and floss, with proper technique, to maintain the appearance of your veneers and health of your mouth. You should also continue to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings with our staff at SmilesNY. When you are here, we can also show you some brushing techniques and recommend products.
Other cosmetic treatments
At your initial consultation with our dental staff at SmilesNY, we will review all your cosmetic dentistry procedure options, including dental veneers. Some patients may believe they want or need veneers, but they may be able to attain a gorgeous, brighter smile with other treatments such as dental bonding and contouring, professional teeth whitening, or even a restorative procedure. It is important to know all of your options so that you can make the best decision for your oral health and appearance. Our New York City dental practice offers many advanced dental procedures that can be combined to create your smile makeover.
Once you’ve considered all these points and you are ready for an in-person consultation, contact our office in New York, NY. We will ask about your aesthetic goals before helping you decide if porcelain veneers or another cosmetic treatment is best for you. Once you have decided to get porcelain veneers, your dentist will create a treatment plan to craft and place your high-quality custom veneers. Unlike older veneers that required a significant amount of enamel to be removed, our veneers need minimal or no preparation to be placed. This means it’s easier than ever to get!