Patient and dentist discussing the possibility of veneers

Common Questions About Veneers

Let’s talk about veneers. This cosmetic option is one of our most popular treatments among Briarwood and Great Neck patients, and for good reason! Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the overall aesthetic of your mouth. They can positively impact your tooth position, shade, and shape. They’ve gained quite a bit of popularity in recent years as celebrities, Instagram stars, and news outlets open up about them. 

Of course, it’s important that you feel comfortable with any dental procedure before deciding to have it done. Below are a few common questions that we hear from our clients. If you have additional concerns or queries, don’t hesitate to reach out!

How do they work?

Each veneer is custom-made to fit the individual contours of your teeth. After being shaped, veneers are cured and bonded to your tooth’s original enamel with a special adhesive that’s designed to last 15 to 20 years. Veneers are used to straighten a smile and correct issues like breaks, chips, and severe discoloration. Once applied, veneers should be brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.

What makes them special?

Veneers are one of the less-intrusive options for repairing a smile. Unlike braces, they give the appearance of straight teeth in just minutes. For other individuals, they offer an alternative to whitening that avoids potential tooth sensitivity and the need for follow-up treatments. Veneers are also built to last. No matter how well you take care of your smile, you’ll likely need replacement the nearest down the line, but they last much longer than many other correction options. 

Are they noticeable?

You’ve probably seen bad examples of veneers that look like Chiclets or are so thin that the natural enamel they are supposed to cover up beams through. Rest assured, however, that the modern veneers offered in our facilities are state-of-the-art and tailored to look natural. As we design your new smile, we will have in-depth conversations about your goals, as well as what is realistic for your mouth. We will be mindful of your natural tooth shade and shape, finding the perfect balance of perfection and realism.

Do they hurt?

When placed correctly, veneers are quite comfortable. In fact, after a few days, you might even forget you have them! If you’re worried about pain during the application process, we can offer a topical anesthetic to put your mind and mouth at ease. We can also schedule a follow up visit to confirm your fit and check for any abnormal movement. We value your comfort, so don’t hesitate to speak up with any concerns.

Are they right for me?

Everyone’s dental situation is unique, and your treatments should reflect that. Veneers can help account for a variety of repairs, so we’ll need to explore your areas of concern. Veneers can be placed on each individual tooth in your mouth, transforming your entire smile, or they can be used for spot treatment on a single damaged tooth. It’s also important to keep in mind that veneers are irreversible. Once you have them, you have them for life. It’s an incredibly exciting thought, but it is also a big decision. If you’re interested in learning more about your veneer treatment options, we would be happy to set up a consultation.

How can I get started?

Simply call us or fill out an interest form! Our team of experts would love to help you start the path to a smile that you were excited to show off!