If your smile is compromised due to flaws such as chips, discoloration, and gaps, it can affect your appearance and self-confidence.
At Brooklyn Heights Dental, we can conceal imperfections with custom-crafted veneers that look and feel just like natural teeth.
Why are veneers such a popular treatment option?
Veneers Can Provide Many Enhancements
VersatilityVeneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the entire front surface of your tooth. While other treatments may only address one cosmetic issue, veneers can conceal gaps, chips, cracks, discoloration, and wear all at once.
Improved ConfidenceIf you are self-conscious about your smile, porcelain veneers can give you a smile that makes you look and feel your very best.
Long-Lasting ResultsWhile veneers will eventually need to be replaced, they can last more than a decade with proper care. Because they are made from non-porous porcelain, veneers are also stain-resistant.
Take a look at how veneers can complement your smile...
Wondering if porcelain veneers are really that durable?
Studies Show Veneers Can Last a Decade or More
What specific imperfections can veneers cover?
Sounds impressive, but are veneers right for me?
Good Candidates Meet Several Criteria
Free of TMJ DisorderTemporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is closely tied to bruxism, or teeth grinding. While an oral appliance can protect veneers, some patients might require further preliminary treatment.
Slight MisalignmentVeneers are often referred to as "instant orthodontics" thanks to their ability to conceal crooked teeth. But certain cases will be better suited to orthodontic treatment like Invisalign®.
I've heard dental bonding is cheaper and offers the same results...
vs. Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry treatment that uses composite resin, which is color-matched to blend with the natural shade of your teeth to cover aesthetic blemishes. During the procedure, the dentist will layer and gently shape the resin over the tooth and cure it with a special light. Because dental bonding does not require enamel removal, this treatment is noninvasive and results can be achieved in just one appointment.
Because medical-grade ceramic reflects light much like natural tooth enamel, it is the premier material used for porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers are customized from a single block of ceramic based on impressions taken of your smile. These thin shells fit seamlessly over the front of the affected teeth and are secured with dental cement. Veneers can generally be completed in two appointments. Our office also offers LUMINEERS® (a type of veneer requiring little or no preparation) for qualified patients.
Veneers Are Simply a More Lifelike Investmen
Although dental bonding is a more affordable approach to porcelain veneers, it does not provide the same durable and long-lasting results. Unlike natural tooth enamel and composite resin, porcelain veneers are nonporous. Therefore, the foods and beverage you eat will not affect the long-term look of your veneers. Porcelain veneers should be viewed as an investment in helping you achieve a more attractive smile that can last several years with proper care.
More Reasons to Choose Veneers
Porcelain veneers are one of the most advanced and versatile procedures in cosmetic dentistry today. Not only do porcelain veneers provide bright and natural-looking smiles by concealing discoloration, but they can also mask chipped teeth, reshape and straighten teeth, and close gaps between teeth. Simply put, porcelain veneers can provide the complete smile makeover package by helping individuals achieve entirely new and beautiful smiles. Drs. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are experienced providers of porcelain dental veneers, and proudly serve patients in Brooklyn Heights and surrounding areas all across New York City.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells of ceramic that are customized and cemented to the front surface of teeth to conceal cosmetic imperfections such as cracks, discoloration, and dental misalignment within the smile. This popular cosmetic dentistry treatment can address a number of cosmetic concerns.
Designing Your Restorations
To begin the porcelain veneers procedure, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid will remove a small amount of tooth enamel to provide a seamless fit and precise results. It is important to note that the removal of tooth enamel makes the procedure permanent.
The next step requires a mold of your teeth to be taken. This mold is then used to craft your custom designed porcelain veneers, which are placed during your second office visit. While you await your next visit, temporary veneers will be placed on your teeth. Brooklyn Heights Dental® works with a trusted lab who will then use the impressions to fabricate your customized veneers.
Because medical-grade ceramic reflects light much like natural tooth enamel, it is the premier material used for porcelain veneers. Our dental lab will also design the veneers in such a way to resemble the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, allowing you to enjoy realistic and long-lasting results.
Placing the Veneers
During your second visit to our office, your temporary veneers will be removed and your doctor will clean your teeth. We will gently etch the surface of the teeth to encourage a strong bond. Then we will apply a specialized dental cement, attach the veneers, and complete the process by shining a curing lamp on your teeth. Any necessary refinements can also be completed during this visit.
Deciding if Porcelain Dental Veneers Are Right For You
At our practice, our experienced dentists will begin by speaking with you about your goals for treatment. You may have significantly stained teeth and feel that a smile makeover with porcelain veneers would allow you to feel confident about your smile again. Or you may want to reshape your teeth, either by lengthening certain teeth for a more balanced look or by closing gaps between teeth. Whatever your aesthetic goals, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid will help you fully understand the porcelain veneers procedure and the results you can expect.
Michael Ricciardi, DDS
Caring for Your Veneers
Caring for your porcelain veneers is much like caring for your natural teeth. To maintain long-lasting results, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing at least twice a day with proper techniques, flossing daily, and rinsing with an approved antibacterial mouthwash.
Several tips and habits can extend the longevity of your veneers:
- Avoid biting your nails
- Do not chew on ice, pen caps, or hard candies
- Avoid opening anything with your teeth
- Avoid smoking and using tobacco products
- Minimize your consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, and other stain-producing foods; although the porcelain is nonporous, the dental cement that secures the veneer can absorb foods and stain the edge of the tooth
- Avoid sugary and starchy foods and maintain a healthy diet
In addition, it is important to visit your doctor for routine check-ups every six months so we can carefully monitor your veneers for any changes. He will also watch for the development of bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching), tooth decay, and gum disease – all known to cause early wear and tear on your veneers and affect the underlying tooth structure. Once the natural tooth is damaged in any way, it is no longer capable of supporting the veneers. With early detection, we can treat these conditions in order to maintain your veneers and overall oral health.
The Benefits and Risks of Porcelain Veneers
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
One of the greatest benefits of porcelain veneers is that they offer a comprehensive solution to a variety of dental issues. Veneers are an excellent option for those seeking a smile makeover because they:
- Conceal chips, cracks, and gaps in teeth, as well as dental stains that do not respond to teeth whitening.
- Provide "instant" orthodontics, masking misaligned teeth to create symmetry.
- Offer durability, as they are stronger than composite resin.
- Require only a conservative amount of healthy enamel to be removed, unlike dental crowns.
- Involve a procedure relatively free of pain. Sometimes the tooth and surrounding area is numbed before placing the veneer, but many patients do not even require anesthesia.
- Provide instant aesthetics, as veneers are slightly translucent and naturally sparkle.
At Brooklyn Heights Dental, our team is keenly attentive to detail. Working with our respected dental lab, we can provide veneers that are a near-perfect match to the shade of your teeth. Veneers are also long-lasting: if you brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly, you can expect to enjoy your veneers for a decade or longer.
As porcelain veneers offer an array of aesthetic benefits, the treatment can positively impact your self-esteem. With your stunning new smile, you may feel more confident in taking on new professional ventures or social activities.
Risks of Porcelain Veneers
In contrast to their many benefits, porcelain veneers offer very few risks. This is especially true at Brooklyn Heights Dental, where we work methodically and will carefully determine your candidacy for treatment.
Veneer placement involves minimal discomfort and few risks, allowing you to comfortably enjoy a long-lasting, beautiful new smile.
Although there is no downtime after receiving veneers, patients may temporarily experience tooth sensitivity following preparation. This sensitivity typically fades between the first and third weeks after your final restorations are in place. Anti-sensitivity toothpastes and mouthwashes can help alleviate discomfort, as can eating soft foods at a moderate temperature. Veneers, like natural teeth, can also become damaged without proper care. It is important that you are devoted to maintaining good oral hygiene before receiving your veneers.
It is also important to understand that although porcelain veneers can last for many years, they will eventually need to be replaced. If you do not wish to commit to replacing veneers, you may opt for a restorative or cosmetic treatment that does not permanently alter the structure of the teeth.
An Alternative to Veneers Thin, Custom-Crafted LUMINEERS® Can Transform Your Smile
At Brooklyn Heights Dental®, we want to provide you with as many treatment options as possible. That way, you are sure to find a procedure that fits all of your cosmetic, health, and financial needs. LUMINEERS are a popular alternative to traditional porcelain veneers. Like standard veneers, they can address minor cosmetic flaws, helping you achieve a brilliant and youthful smile. Because LUMINEERS are much thinner than traditional veneers, they require little to no tooth preparation. At our office, Dr. Stanislaus or his associate, Dr. Reid, can evaluate your smile and cosmetic goals and determine whether LUMINEERS or another cosmetic treatment is right for you. Our doctors work with great precision and artistry to provide beautiful and realistic final results.
What Are LUMINEERS and Are They Right for You?
Both LUMINEERS and standard veneers are made of thin porcelain and adhere to the surface of your teeth. Crafted to match the shape and color of your teeth, veneers can conceal slight blemishes, such as:
- Tiny cracks and chips
- Gaps between teeth
- Unusually shaped teeth
- Stains that are immune to whitening treatment
- Disproportionately small teeth
Because both types of veneers can have similar effects, your dentist will carefully determine which type is right for you. Thicker traditional veneers require more prep work, requiring your doctor to reshape your teeth to ensure there is enough room in your smile. Therefore, minimal-prep LUMINEERS may be appropriate if you want a more conservative treatment. They can also be suitable if you have sustained enamel erosion. On the other hand, because they are more delicate, you may not be a LUMINEERS candidate if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding).
LUMINEERS can conceal numerous flaws at once with no need for multiple treatments and can even take the place of braces if you only need to address minor alignment issues.
If you decide on LUMINEERS, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid can typically complete your treatment in just two easy visits. At the first appointment, your doctor will discuss your goals and assess your teeth. Then your impressions of your teeth will be sent to a LUMINEERS lab. There, the ceramists will craft veneers with a remarkably lifelike color and shape.
Once the veneers are finished, you can return for your second appointment. Most often, your dentist will be able to attach them to your teeth right away. A mild bonding solution will be applied to your teeth and will lightly etch your enamel to provide a stronger bonding surface. Then your doctor will use composite to cement the veneers in place. Your dentist will also evaluate the overall position of your teeth and ensure that the force of your bite has not been affected.
On some rare occasions, your doctor may need to remove a tiny amount of enamel. Even in these cases, the amount of prep work will be significantly less than it would be for standard veneers.
The Benefits of LUMINEERS
There are many reasons to consider LUMINEERS:
- The ultrathin veneers can affect a sweeping change for your whole smile. They can conceal numerous flaws at once with no need for multiple treatments. Frequently, they can even take the place of braces or Invisalign® if you only need to address minor alignment issues.
- LUMINEERS placement is quick. The second visit typically takes just one hour, and it offers immediate results.
- Because LUMINEERS are so conservative, the placement process typically involves no discomfort.
- Despite being so thin, LUMINEERS are quite strong and can last twenty years or more.
- Because they will not affect the structure of your teeth, LUMINEERS are a reversible option. You will not suffer from dental sensitivity if one or more of the veneers comes off. Further, the preparatory process will not impact the look or strength of your natural teeth.