Your Smile and Confidence Can Get a Major Boost with Porcelain Veneers!

Dental veneers look and feel natural, and in most cases require less tooth removal than crowns. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, if you have discolored, stained, chipped or cracked teeth, or if gaps exist between your teeth, porcelain veneers may be the perfect solution for you.

You can benefit from minimally invasive options such as laminates or porcelain veneers, offered at Sutton Place Dental Associates, right in the heart of Manhattan’s Midtown East.

  1. Why choose to have porcelain veneers or laminates at Sutton Place Dental Associates?
  2. Porcelain laminates and teeth veneers: what are they exactly?
  3. What is the difference between laminates and dental veneers?
  4. Dental veneers
  5. Laminates
  6. How many dental appointments will you need for laminates and dental veneers?
  7. How long do veneers last?
  8. Maintenance and care for your veneers
  9. Cost of porcelain veneers in New York


Why choose to have porcelain veneers or laminates at Sutton Place Dental Associates?

Here are some reasons why it makes total sense:

  • We have been creating great smiles for well over 25 years.
  • We will only use the best available technologies to enhance the results.

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Misaligned, and uneven teeth may sometimes need orthodontic measures such as Invisalign. In some cases, however, dental veneers can be used instead to address these issues. This can be done either instead of orthodontic treatments or right after them.

In certain cases, Invisalign or braces alone cannot fully correct all the imperfections. You may thus benefit from dental veneers to further enhance the orthodontic treatments’ results.

Check our before and after porcelain veneers photos
Porcelain Veneers: Before and After

Porcelain Veneers: Before and After

Dr. Salim is a cosmetic dentist with 28 years of experience. He has a thorough knowledge of all the subtleties of modern cosmetic dentistry methods and techniques. If you want to enhance your smile, you will be in safe hands indeed. He may use porcelain veneers along with other techniques adapted to your unique situation.

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Porcelain laminates and teeth veneers: what are they exactly?

Teeth veneers are part of modern cosmetic dentistry’s arsenal of techniques.

They are somewhat like press-on nails, for lack of a better everyday example.

Dental veneers are thin shells cemented (glued) onto your visible teeth to improve their appearance.

Most of the time, cosmetic dentists use porcelain veneers or hybrids. The material is compatible with living tissues. Hence, it integrates very well with your natural tooth structure. It has similar optical and mechanical properties.

We can also use composite (resin) materials. Still, they are less durable than ceramic and tend to wear down with time, especially if you clench or grind your teeth at night.

Let’s compare laminates and dental veneers.


What is the difference between laminates and dental veneers?

Dental veneers

Let’s start with dental veneers.

These are thin teeth colored shells that we place on top of your visible teeth (on the facial or visible aspect of your teeth).

To ensure that this last step (bonding) takes place successfully, we will need to shave-off about 1 mm or more of your tooth enamel. This reduces the risk of your veneers looking either too bulky or too thin (and thus susceptible to fractures) while ensuring an optimal fit.

Enamel shaving before placing a porcelain veneer

Enamel shaving before placing a porcelain veneer

After that, they will be permanently “glued” to the teeth. 

Now dear reader, before you decide for one or the other, consider the pros and cons.

Pros of composite veneers:

  • They are cheaper
  • They need less preparatory work, and we will complete the work on the same day (we will not need the help of a ceramist).
  • We will need to remove less tooth enamel.
  • We can quickly repair them if they get chipped or damaged.

Cons of composite veneers:

  • They get stained more easily
  • Not all dentists have the necessary experience to ensure an optimal result.

Let’s now take a look at the more popular porcelain veneers.

Pros of porcelain veneers:

  • They look more natural.
  • They last longer, statistically up to 10 years or even longer in some cases.
  • Porcelain veneers allow a cosmetic dentist like Dr. Salim, much more leeway to help create the optimal look for each patient.
  • Since they are made in high quality laboratories under optimal conditions such as electronic microscopes, their fit on your teeth is more accurate.

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Cons of porcelain veneers:

  • Although often used in cosmetic dentistry, they are, of course, costlier.
  • We will need to remove more enamel to create the necessary thickness for the porcelain.

That is all for porcelain veneers, let’s now talk about laminates



They are also popular in cosmetic dentistry

Unlike porcelain veneers, they are less demanding on your enamel (we will remove less enamel).

And they are thinner than their close kin (dental veneers), similar to contact lenses. You can consider them as a form of alternative porcelain veneers. So, by now, you probably think that laminates are the best thing since sliced bread ?

Alas, they also have their drawbacks.

Despite being very thin, they can be a little bulky on your front teeth, if we do not remove any enamel. So, we will not recommend them if you have prominent teeth or if they are inclined outwardly.

Okay, this is all interesting, but from a practical point of view, what should you do?

Just scroll down.


How many dental appointments will you need for laminates and dental veneers?

The answer will vary depending on the individual treatment and your particular needs.
For chairside porcelain laminates, usually, a single appointment will suffice. And that is because everything is done at our location during the same visit.
For veneers instead, you will generally need two appointments (sometimes more, depending on the specificities of each case):

  • During the first appointment we complete the evaluation, discuss treatment goal and details individually. After preparing your teeth carefully, and once sufficient enamel has been removed, we will scan your teeth for the laboratory so the technician can begin working on your veneers.
  • Temporary veneers will be fabricated and (temporarily) cemented until the next appointment.
  • You will then come back for a second appointment to get your permanent veneers. We will place, check, and then permanently bond your veneers upon your approval.

Before deciding which treatment is right for you, you may be asking yourself if veneers are forever (?)

That transitions us nicely to the next section.


How long do veneers last?

Some people may be wary of the idea that specific dental treatments may not stand the test of time.
Veneers’ longevity is between 7 to 10 years, according to most studies1.
And, as explained above, we can always replace them if and when needed.
So, to ensure that your veneers last as long as possible, do you need to take some special precautions?


Maintenance and care for your veneers

What do you need to do to ensure the longevity of your beaming new smile (after veneers or laminates)?
If you already brush, floss, and get regular professional cleanings, then you don’t have much to worry about.
Only choose a soft or very soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste. Also, make sure you rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.

Finally, also consider getting professional dental cleanings at least twice a year, and you are all set. This will help avoid unsightly deteriorations like staining, plaque, tartar build-up, tooth decay, etc.

Are you happily surprised? Well, veneers are sturdy, reliable, and do not require any specific or non-routine hygiene regimens.

So, is that all there is to them and their maintenance?

Not so fast.

If you suffer from bruxism (grinding your teeth during your sleep), you will need to wear a night guard. This device prevents your veneers from debonding or fracturing. It will also help prevent the deterioration and excessive wear of all your teeth, in particular your molars.

Moreover, you should avoid chewing on foods that are hard like ice or hard candies. They could result in undesirable chips or cracks.

Finally, one last word of caution about foods that stain teeth like coffee, tea, wine, and dark foods like some berries. Your veneers will not suffer, but your teeth will.

When we work on your veneers (or laminates), we ensure that they match your surrounding teeth’s color and shade. We pay attention to the fact that they blend with them as best as possible. So, avoid foods that will change their color.

Cost of porcelain veneers in New York

These can vary significantly depending on the number of teeth involved and the treatment course chosen.

The cost of veneers in New York begins is between 1,500-2,000 dollars per tooth.

In some cases where there are significant tooth decay or fractures present in the affected teeth, certain insurance companies may cover part of their cost of their repair. However, most insurance companies consider veneers and laminates, purely aesthetic procedures and will not cover the costs.

Regardless, we will make the process seamless since:

  • we offer third-party financing (CareCredit)
  • we offer flexible financing options
  • accept all major credit cards
  • accept all major PPO insurances
  • You may be able to use your Flex Spending Account (FSA) for procedures considered cosmetic, such as teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, laminates, etc. We will help you with these plans.

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