Jerrold F. Heller & Associates D.D.S.
General Dentistry & Pediatric Dentistry located in Lower East Side, New York, NY
Veneers are small but mighty. These ultrathin, tooth-shaped porcelain panels mold perfectly to your teeth to correct many types of damage and cosmetic issues while also strengthening your teeth. At Jerrold F. Heller & Associates D.D.S., located on the Lower East Side of New York City, the experienced dental care team is here to help with custom veneers. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book now.
Veneers Q & A
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin porcelain panels that cover the front of a damaged tooth. With veneers, you can restore and even perfect the look of your tooth. Veneers can change the shape, size, and color of a tooth, depending on your needs.
Some of the most common reasons for veneers include:
- Teeth gaps
- Teeth discoloration
- Teeth cracks
- Malformed teeth
Getting veneers is usually for cosmetic reasons, but they do add some strength to your teeth.
Are veneers and crowns the same?
Veneers and crowns are crafted from the same material, typically porcelain, but they're very different in shape. A veneer is a slightly curved panel that fits on top of your tooth. Mainly, veneers are used on only the teeth at the front of your mouth, the ones most prominent when you smile.
Crowns are a bit thicker than veneers, and they’re shaped just like natural teeth instead of being panels. A crown fits on top of your tooth, covering it all the way to the gums. Crowns are used primarily on molars but can be used anywhere including the front teeth if you need them. Because crowns are larger and more complex than veneers, they’re more expensive.
How does the veneers process work?
In your first appointment, you'll discuss your concerns and problems with your dentist. They examine your teeth, take X-rays if needed, and then design a treatment plan for you. Often, you can start the veneers process right away if you want to.
Your dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front of your tooth and then makes a mold of the tooth. That mold is then used to create your veneer, using either an in-office fabrication system or an off-site laboratory.
If your veneer isn’t ready immediately, you may wear a temporary veneer to protect your tooth until the permanent one is ready. To attach the permanent veneer, your dentist checks the fit and then uses dental cement to permanently anchor it onto your tooth.
You can get multiple veneers at once if needed. In fact, you can even transform your entire smile in a smile makeover using veneers!
If you want to reshape, recolor, or otherwise change your tooth’s appearance, veneers might be perfect for you. Use the online scheduler or call the Jerrold F. Heller & Associates D.D.S. office to book your veneers appointment today.