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Porcelain Veneers – Sunnyside, NY

Building Your Dream Smile

There can be many obstacles standing between you and a flawless grin, such as a stain that won’t go away even with whitening or multiple teeth that have become cracked and worn down over the years. In fact, there can be so many issues that you find yourself unsure of where to start. If you’re in this situation, call Dent-Care Dental today to schedule an appointment; depending on your needs, Dr. Volker might recommend porcelain veneers in Sunnyside, NY as an attractive solution.

Why Choose Dent-Care Dental for Porcelain Veneers?

What Kind of Flaws Can Porcelain Veneers Correct?

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You might want to consider veneers if you notice one or more of the following flaws:

Are Dental Veneers Right for Me?

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Veneers can be incredibly effective for making aesthetic enhancements to your smile, but there are many other cosmetic treatments to consider as well. We’ll discuss your goals and expectations during your consultation to decide whether veneers are the best treatment for your individual case. Bear in mind that all the relevant teeth need to be healthy before veneers can be placed (meaning they should be largely intact and free of cavities).

Steps for Receiving Porcelain Veneers

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At your first visit, we need to take impressions of your teeth so the veneers can be designed. However, before we can do that, a small amount of enamel has to be removed; otherwise, the veneers will end up looking unnaturally bulky. After that, it’s a simple matter of creating restorations that are precisely the right shade, size, and shape before permanently attaching them to your teeth with a special kind of dental cement.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

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Prior to beginning any treatment, you should know how much it will cost, and it is essential that you understand how you will pay for veneers. Unfortunately, dental insurance typically doesn’t not apply to cosmetic procedures, which means you’ll likely be paying for this treatment out of pocket. However, our team is glad to work with you and help you find ways to more easily afford your dream smile.

Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What's Right For Me?

Depending on what traits you want to improve in your smile, the cosmetic procedure will be unique to you. Various issues can be resolved through these procedures, and you need to determine the right one to help you accomplish your goals.

  • Invisalign: If alignment is your main problem, Invisalign can shift teeth where they should be. Just keep in mind that this treatment usually takes between 6 and 18 months to complete.
  • Teeth Whitening: As the least expensive cosmetic procedure, teeth whitening can go a long way to making your smile appear brighter and younger, but there are situations where whitening doesn’t work, such as discoloration from medication. It also doesn’t last as long as veneers, so you’ll have to repeat it in a few years.
  • Direct Bonding: Compared to veneers, direct bonding is a more affordable version, but it isn’t as durable and stain resistant. In fact, this option usually has to be replaced about every 5 years or so.
  • Veneers: Although veneers are among the more expensive treatments for cosmetic flaws, they can address many types of imperfections, tend to last for decades, and look completely lifelike. In addition, the entire process usually only takes two appointments!

How to Make Veneers Affordable

Did you know that you don’t have to pay for veneers all upfront? You can actually divide the total cost into smaller monthly payments through flexible financing. We can assist with your application, and with a good credit score, you can enjoy very low interest and make payments over time. As a result, you may find that veneers are possible within your budget!

Veneers FAQs

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Want to learn more about veneers in Sunnyside? Our talented team has collected some of the most common questions about veneer treatment and answered them below. From what you can eat with veneers to whether they are permanent, we cover all the main topics. If you have different questions than the ones below or want to schedule an initial consultation, don’t hesitate to contact our office!  

Are Veneers Permanent?

Veneers treatment is not technically permanent but it is considered irreversible. To make sure that the veneers fit properly on the teeth, small amounts of enamel have to be filed away. Removed enamel does not grow back. So, once your teeth have been prepared for veneers, they will always need to be covered. Fortunately, this cosmetic solution can last for many years with proper care. A 2012 study by Beier found that 94% of veneers lasted 10 years, and 83% lasted 20 years!

How Are Veneers Different Than Crowns?

Veneers and crowns differ in both shape and size. Veneers are thin shells that are about 1 millimeter in thickness. In contrast, crowns are shaped like the entire tooth and are about double the thickness (2 millimeters). In addition, veneers attach to the front of teeth while crowns cover the whole thing. Cosmetic dentists in Sunnyside recommend veneers and crowns for different reasons. Crowns protect worn or cracked teeth, or restore the tooth after a root canal. Veneers, on the other hand, are usually only used for cosmetic purposes or minor shape corrections when the tooth is mostly intact. Finally, veneers in Sunnyside require far less trimming of the enamel to place compared to crowns.

Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?

You will likely have to make slight adjustments to your diet when wearing veneers. For instance, you will need to avoid foods like ice, raw fruits and vegetables, and candy while waiting for your permanent veneers. These hard items could break your temporary restoration. Temporary veneers also stain more easily, so be wary of darkly pigmented foods and beverages. Once your permanent veneers are in place, you will be able to enjoy most of your favorite foods again. However, you’ll still want to avoid sticky foods, extremely hard or crunchy foods, as well as dark beverages that can cause stains. Furthermore, you’ll want to drink alcohol sparingly, as it can weaken the bonding material holding your veneers in place.

Will I Still Be Able to Drink Coffee with Veneers?

Yes, you can drink coffee without worrying too much about staining your veneers. In fact, veneers that are made of porcelain are actually stain-resistant. Porcelain is a nonporous material, so the particles in dark-colored foods and beverages have a harder time slipping beneath the surface. However, stain-resistant does not mean stain-proof. Excessive consumption of coffee could still have a negative impact. Only drink dark-colored beverages in moderation if you want your veneers to last as long as possible.

Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?

Some people have trouble pronouncing certain words when they first get veneers, resulting in a temporary lisp. This is partially due to muscle memory. The tongue is not used to accounting for the presence of veneers when you talk. The tiny difference in thickness affects the way the tongue moves. Eventually, however, the tongue will adjust on its own. If you have trouble pronouncing the “s” and “v” sounds with veneers, try practicing by reading a book or newspaper out loud. 

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