Veneers specialists serving Midtown East Manhattan

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Veneers specialist in Midtown New York (10022)

If you are looking for a veneers specialist in midtown New York … well, you have come to the right place.

Are worn down, discolored, stained, chipped and cracked teeth an issue for you? Do you have excessive gaps between your front teeth? Or perhaps that previous restorative treatments have prevented you from having an ivory smile?

If so, you no longer have to worry!

You can enjoy minimally invasive options such as veneers and laminates, to correct such aesthetic issues.

Why choosing Sutton Place Dental Associates?

Here are 3 reasons why it makes total sense:

  • We have excellent reviews (over 179 google reviews, with a score of 4.9).
  • We have been creating great smiles for over 25 years.
  • We will only use the best available technologies to enhance the results.

Misaligned and uneven teeth may sometimes need orthodontic measures such as Invisalign. Though, in some cases, we can address these issues more quickly and successfully by using veneers instead. And, at other times, we may use veneers in junction with such treatments.

So, wait no longer!

Book your free consultation appointment now.

Laminates and veneers: what are they exactly?

They are somewhat like press-on nails, for lack of a better everyday example. If so, this will help you understand how laminates and/or veneers are constructed. They consist of rather thin shells glued onto your visible teeth to improve their appearance. And by visible teeth, we mean the external surface of your teeth; what you show when smiling … incisors, canines, and premolars.

Most of the time, they are made of ceramic or its hybrid. This is a material compatible with living tissues. It has optical and mechanical properties very similar to natural teeth. We can also use composite (resin) materials, but they are less durable than ceramic and tend to wear down with time.

At this stage, you may be wondering why we talked about laminates and veneers interchangeably.

Just keep on reading to find out more.

What is the difference between laminates and veneers?

Veneers

Let’s start with veneers.

These are thin teeth colored shells that we place on top of your visible teeth. They first broke into the scene in 1928, to enhance Hollywood stars’ smiles. It has taken several decades to improve the process and to bond them to natural teeth permanently.

To ensure that this last step (bonding) takes place successfully, we will need to shave-off about ½ mm or more of your 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
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 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.
  • They allow the dentist much more leeway to help create the optimal look for each patient.

Cons of porcelain veneers:

  • They are, of course, costlier.
  • We will need to remove more enamel to create the necessary thickness.

Laminates

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

And they are thinner than their close kin (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 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 and discuss details individually. We will scan your teeth for the laboratory so the technician will begin making your veneers. At the end of this procedure, temporary veneers are fabricated and temporarily cemented until the next appointment.
  • You will then come back for a second appointment where 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.

Crowns, for example, statistically last between 7 to 10 years.

As for veneers, their longevity is also 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?

Next.

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.

 

Smiling Dog
Smiling Dog

 

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.

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.

Let’s now briefly look at some questions that you may have.

When do you choose veneers versus laminates?

The answer is that … it all depends.

If you have slightly crooked teeth or gaps, then you will need a more stable and flexible solution, like veneers.

If instead, you are fortunate enough to only suffer from minor chips or discoloration, then laminates might be an excellent second option for you.

Veneers versus Invisalign® (or other orthodontic treatments)

If you are at a loss about which treatment is right for you, then check your pearly whites’ alignments.

If you only have a minimal gap or slightly elongated teeth, then veneers should be ideal.

Else, for severely misaligned teeth, you will likely need orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign.

Veneers versus dental crowns

Are you concerned about getting a dental crown? It may be a much better option for you if:

  1. your teeth have previously had veneers and also have decay,
  2. you have already had root canal treatment done on your teeth,
  3. if you severely grind your teeth,
  4. if your teeth are significantly damaged or worn down.

Veneers versus teeth whitening

Laminates or veneers will be better options for you if:

  1. your teeth are no longer white and bright (or have never been that way),
  2. you suffer from “hard to get rid of” stains like tetracyclines.

Costs of veneers and laminates

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

Our front desk personnel will work diligently to ensure that you understand all the costs involved before starting any treatments. Payment options such as CareCredit are also available as financing options. We always offer very competitive pricing and work with you to make the entire process as seamless as possible.

We are signing off now, and we hope to see you soon.

 

Bibliography

  1. National Library of Medicine, Review Suggests High Survival Rates for Veneers at Five and Ten Years, by Eileen Watt, David I Conway