Patient’s Guide to Porcelain Veneers
If you have always wanted straight white teeth, porcelain veneers may be the solution you are looking for. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain material that adhere to the front of the teeth with special dental cement. Porcelain veneers resist stains unlike than other materials, and they reflect light like real teeth. When porcelain veneers are applied to your teeth, your smile is instantly transformed to look and feel natural, balanced and luminescent.
A brilliant, healthy smile boosts confidence and joy in our patients. Imagine how it would feel to impress a potential employer with a radiant smile, or to enter a party with a smile that lights up the room. The power of a great smile offers amazing possibilities.
If you are ready to transform your smile, you probably have a lot of questions. In this guide, we will cover the basics of porcelain veneer treatment, from how much they cost to how to clean veneer teeth. Everyone deserves to enjoy the benefits of a bright, beautiful smile. Start your journey today towards a smile that illuminates your personality and lets you shine wherever you go.
What Problems Do Porcelain Veneers Solve?
When teeth whitening treatment does not brighten discolored teeth, or when misshapen teeth cause embarrassment, it may be time to makeover your smile with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers offer an immediate cosmetic solution to common dental issues, such as:
- Gaps and spaces
- Crooked or uneven teeth
- Shape or size irregularities
- Discolored teeth
- Gummy smiles
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
A gorgeous smile enhances other aspects of your life as well. Not only do porcelain veneers correct cosmetic issues, but they also improve your overall well-being. A brilliant smile may lead to:
- Powerful first impressions
- Greater success resulting from increased confidence
- The happiness of looking and feeling more attractive
- A self-esteem boost that will make you more comfortable in both large social gatherings and intimate situations
Studies confirm that people with straight white teeth are believed to be more attractive, healthier, wealthier and more educated than those who appear to have poor oral health. For example, a study published in 2012 confirmed that both male and female subjects found white teeth more attractive than discolored teeth. Similarly, tooth wear and tooth loss reflected poor health. The study provides evidence that people consider teeth when choosing a soul mate.
Another study, published by Procter & Gamble in 2007, found that a bright, white smile powerfully impacts social and professional interactions. Researchers discovered the following:
- Fifty-eight percent of online survey participants were more likely to be hired after their teeth had been whitened.
- Fifty-three percent of online survey participants were more likely to receive a larger salary with whiter teeth.
- Sixty-five percent of study participants were viewed as more professional during a simulated job interview after their teeth had been whitened.
- Sixty-one percent of study participants were more confident after their teeth had been whitened.
Health and happiness are among the most attractive qualities an individual can possess. With a beautiful smile that is customized for your face and mouth shape, your unique personality will brilliantly shine through and warm the people around you.
The Porcelain Veneer Process
Application of a veneer typically takes two visits. Once the veneer is applied, the transformation is instantaneous.
Dr. Ben Ifraimov has extensive training in all areas of dentistry but his specializes in smile makeovers with porcelain veneers. He and our knowledgeable staff at 209 NYC Dental are excited to give you the smile you have always wanted. With porcelain veneers, you will never have to feel self-conscious when you smile. In fact, you will always be smiling. Dr. Ifraimov makes sure his patients are comfortable throughout the entire process, and he encourages open communication, so all questions are answered. Dr. Ifraimov wants his patients to feel secure and confident about their care, and he strives to meet his patient’s needs.
As a patient at 209 NYC Dental, you can expect the porcelain veneer process to be completed in the following steps.
1. Initial Consultation
First, you will meet with Dr. Ifraimov to address your concerns and devise the best dental treatment plan. You will have the opportunity to explain your desires, discuss treatment and decide if porcelain veneers are right for you. If you are not a candidate for porcelain veneers due to certain oral health issues, Dr. Ifraimov will recommend the best treatment for your condition. After the consultation with Dr. Ifraimov, you will meet with his treatment coordinator, Laura, to discuss treatment cost and payment options. From then on Laura will be your point person. She will coordinate your treatment, answer all additional questions you may be having. Undergone porcelain veneers treatment Laura is the best person to assist you in this process.
2. First Visit
During the first visit, a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface will be removed to provide space for the veneer and prevent overlapping. Veneers are thin, but they still take up room on the surface of the tooth. In most cases Dr. Ifraimov will capture a digital impression using a 3D digital scanner to fabricate the best veneers for your teeth. However, in some cases, traditional impressions are more suitable. Often the number of the teeth undergoing treatment with porcelain veneer and the current condition of these teeth will be the deciding factor. Dr. Ifraimov will be able to determine the course of your treatment during the initial consultation.
Also during your first visit, temporary veneers will be fabricated and placed to protect teeth while the porcelain veneers are being created by our Master Technician. Typically, you will wear temporary veneers for a couple of weeks. Temporary veneers look and feel natural, and they resemble the final veneers.
At the end of the first visit, you will be able to eat, drink and go about your life with your temporary veneers. You will notice a difference in your smile right away, and you will have the chance to get comfortable with veneers.
3. Second Visit
Once your final veneers are made, it is time to complete the process. First, the temporary veneers will be removed. Next, the porcelain veneers will be adhered to the tooth surface using very strong dental cement. Finally, the veneer will be carefully buffed, so it feels and looks natural.
A porcelain veneer procedure is not very discomforting, patients usually feel fine shortly after the procedure. Some patients may experience slight sensitivity or discomfort for a couple of days. Dr. Ifraimov will explain proper follow-up care and address any of your concerns.
Dr. Ifraimov and our staff understand that everyone has a different smile and they take pride in customizing your smile to your unique face shape, size and skin color. At 209 NYC Dental, you will receive an authentic beautiful smile which suits your personality.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Patients at 209 NYC Dental are very excited to get the smile they have always wanted, and they experience great joy after their transformation. Once you have porcelain veneers, people will immediately notice your beautiful smile. If you have been uncomfortable with your smile, porcelain veneers can change your life.
You will enjoy many benefits resulting from porcelain veneer treatment, including:
- A complete smile transformation in just a few visits
- An instant boost to your confidence, self-esteem, and happiness
- The opportunity to take care of multiple dental issues at once
- A long-lasting solution
- Easy care of veneers
Many patients have told us about positive developments in their lives like job promotions, meeting significant other and healthy lifestyle changes after they made over their smiles. With a new, luminescent smile, you will love to laugh, talk, kiss and show the world how brilliantly you shine.
How to Take Care of Porcelain Veneers
Generally, you will care for your veneers just as you care for your natural teeth but with a few minor adjustments. Although porcelain veneers resist stains, you will want to practice proper care to maximize their lifespan and keep them bright, clean and beautiful. With gentle treatment, veneers can last for decades.
To take care of your porcelain veneers, follow these recommendations:
- Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush after each meal
- Gently floss regularly
- Use Waterpik to clean areas string floss cannot reach
- Wear a nite guard during sleep
Continue following up with your dentist and always ask questions about proper dental care if you have any concerns. Overall, porcelain veneers should fit seamlessly into your dental hygiene routine.
How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost in New York?
Veneers cost in New York City starts at $1,300 per tooth. If veneers are done as a cosmetic treatment, dental insurance may not cover veneer treatment. If you require dental veneers to rehabilitate teeth from existing dental caries dental insurance may provide coverage for the treatment. Regardless of circumstances, at 209 NYC Dental, we are happy to work with you and help you find an affordable payment option. We offer flexible payment methods such as:
- All major credit cards
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Third-party financing (CareCredit)
- Prepayment payment plan
- Major PPO insurances
- Do not forget to take advantage of our complimentary teeth whitening (valued at $575), for you or your loved one, if your treatment exceeds $5,000
You will learn the exact out-of-pocket costs of your treatment plan and available payment options after your free consultation. If you have dental insurance we will submit your treatment plan to your insurance company for a pre-approval. It is important to us that all of our patients feel comfortable with payment for their treatment and clearly understand all costs.
Ideal Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
The best candidate for porcelain veneers is anyone who is unhappy with their smile. You might consider veneers if:
- You want to solve structural issues such as cracks, gaps, and misaligned teeth
- Have medication-induced stains that teeth whitening will not remove
- You want whiter teeth but your diet contains foods and drinks that stain your teeth, like coffee, tea, wine, berries, or other acidic foods
- You have a gummy smile
- You have mild dental decay
- You have overall good oral health
- You are committed to good oral hygiene and care
Porcelain veneers are not recommended for individuals experiencing oral health issues such as gum disease or weakened teeth. If you have or need to have root canal treatment ceramic crowns may be suggested as an alternative. If you regularly grind your teeth, you may not be eligible for veneers. However, even if you do not qualify for porcelain veneers at this time, you may consider veneers or other cosmetic solutions as an option after dental health issues have been successfully treated. Dr. Ifraimov will examine the condition of your teeth during the free consultation to determine the right treatment for you.
Where to Get the Best Porcelain Veneers in New York
When it is time to choose a dentist for your veneer procedure, you want to make sure you go to someone you trust. You want your veneers to be designed to complement your unique smile and facial features, so it is important to choose a dentist who has experience in this type of cosmetic procedure. Not all dentists are skilled in veneer treatment.
Just like any other dental procedure, creating and applying porcelain veneers is an art. Most of the patients want dental veneers to look natural as if they have a perfect smile. To achieve such perfection your dentist must be able to design veneers that match your skin tone and face shape in addition to the dental concerns. With so many shades of white, to choose the right shade that suits your skin tone, your eyes and your hair is one of the skills that takes an aesthetic eye and time to develop. It may seem a no-brainer, but one may end up looking like Ross from Friends if the wrong shade is chosen, same goes for the size of each veneer.
At 209 NYC Dental, you can set your anxiety aside. Dr. Ifraimov is a top-rated cosmetic dentist with years of experience. He specializes in the porcelain veneer procedure, and patients come from all over the tri-state area to benefit from his expertise and dedication to patient care. If you are wondering where to get dental veneers in NYC, visit us at 209 NYC Dental.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Dr. Ifraimov Today
A bright smile projects confidence enhances positivity and boosts joy to new-found heights. With a dazzling smile, new doors will open, and possibilities will seem endless. You will want to smile all the time with porcelain veneers, and it is hard to feel bad when you smile. Everyone around you will agree. As the oldest continuing practice in New York State, we are proud of our legacy of providing quality, compassionate and affordable dental care. As a multi-specialty dental practice, we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to treat a multitude of oral health issues. With Dr. Ifraimov and his team, we can transform your smile with porcelain veneers and make you sparkle from the inside out.
If you are ready to start the journey towards a life-changing smile, contact us to schedule a free consultation today!