Dental veneers are very thin, realistic porcelain wafers cemented over the natural teeth. We use them to correct severe discoloration, tooth shape, dental chips, surface cracks, gaps, or even crooked teeth. Our Westchester veneers can completely transform your smile in just a few appointments.
Modern dental veneers are thinner and stronger, making them indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Veneers also help to preserve more of your natural tooth. Our Westchester dentists only remove a small part of your tooth to install the veneer. To top it off, veneers are resistant to staining, dental decay, and even normal wear and tear, keeping your smile perfect. Modern veneers are even designed to flex slightly with the natural teeth, allowing them to last for as long as 10 years.
Your teeth have many nerves and blood vessels inside the teeth that are sensitive to heat, cold, and vibration. To avoid pain, the veneer application process begins with a few anesthetic shots. These shots are identical to the types of anesthetic you receive during other dental procedures, such as dental fillings or a root canal.
After the teeth are completely numb, the front of the teeth will need trimming to allow the veneers to lay flat. Without it, veneers can appear bulky or unnatural. But, modern veneers are thinner today, which enables dentists to remove less than 1/50th of an inch from the front of your tooth. Because the veneer will replace this area later, the thickness of the tooth will remain the same. If the tooth is damaged, crooked, or decayed, your Westchester dentist may remove more from the front of your tooth to keep the area healthy.
After they trim the teeth, your dentist will use a shade guide to decide which color the veneers should be. This is where an eye for artistry is important to the dental process. The veneers can either blend in with the surrounding teeth, or made to create a perfect-looking smile. Porcelain veneers reflect light almost exactly like your natural teeth do for a realistic appearance.
Fabricating the Veneer Next, we take scans and impressions of your teeth to give dental lab technicians a model to work from. This information helps dental artists create veneers that fit your teeth perfectly. After we send the scans and impressions to the lab, it can take 1-2 weeks for the final veneers to arrive.
Depending on the amount of tooth trimming to place your veneer, you may or may not need a temporary veneer. Temporary veneers look like normal teeth, but they may not be personalized to the same extent as your final veneers.
After your final veneers are back from the lab, we will ask you to come in for a pre-cementation evaluation. If you had temporary veneers installed, your dentist will remove them so they can check the fit, shape, and color of the final veneers. During this appointment, your veneers will be set in place, removed, trimmed, and perfected until the dentist is happy with how they look. We can also use trial paste to place the veneer to allow you to check the final look before we cement them permanently.
Once you and the dentist are happy with the shape, color, and placement of the veneers, we will prepare the teeth for final placement. To roughen the surface of the tooth to improve adhesion, we apply a substance called "etch" to the tooth. This chemical is completely safe, and after we apply, we rinse it away to pave the way for the final veneer. Next, we carefully apply the cement and place the veneer. We cure the cement with a handheld UV light. Then we fill in the sides of the tooth with composite resin material.
After the veneers are in place, your Westchester dentist will clean and polish the teeth.
Dental veneers are a non-invasive, beautiful way to perfect your smile. For more information on this cosmetic procedure in Westchester, make an appointment with Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale for more information.