Custom Porcelain Veneers in Long Island
If you look at your smile in the mirror and wish there was something you could do to change it, your goal could be more attainable than you think. With customized veneers, you can transform the way your smile looks and improve your self-confidence quickly and effectively. Dr. Douglas Saggio and Dr. Evan Polymeris use their skills and expertise to design realistic veneers that are perfectly suited to you.
Whether you’re looking for a single veneer or a full set of upper and lower teeth veneers, the Massapequa Family Dentistry team is ready and excited to help you. We'd love to see you achieve your dream smile! Contact our office to schedule your visit and see the difference veneers can make for you!
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Can Veneers Really Change My Smile?
Veneers are one of the most effective and versatile cosmetic dental treatments, capable of altering the appearance of your most visible teeth. Each veneer is a thin porcelain or ceramic shell placed over the front of the tooth. It’s designed to look and feel like a natural, healthy tooth, concealing cosmetic imperfections.
Veneers can address a wide variety of aesthetic dental issues, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Small teeth
- Teeth that are worn or misshapen
- Severe discoloration
- Mildly crooked or misaligned teeth
Why Choose Porcelain for Your Veneers?
Porcelain is one of the most popular materials used in veneer treatment, and for good reason. This delicate ceramic offers a luster and translucency that closely matches natural tooth enamel. It can also be closely shade-matched to the rest of your teeth. The veneers blend in well with your smile, so they don’t appear noticeable or fake. Porcelain is also highly stain-resistant, so your veneers will continue to look beautiful even after a decade or more.
How Many Veneers Should I Get?
Everyone's veneer treatment is different and tailored according to your needs. The number of veneers you get will depend on the reason you want them.
If you have a single chipped tooth, but the other teeth are healthy, you might only receive one or two (one for the chipped tooth and one for the opposite tooth to ensure they match). If your teeth are short, misshapen, or worn, however, you may receive several veneers.
However many you need, it’s best to apply veneers to the most visible teeth in you smile. The shells must be kept thin to avoid looking bulky or out of place. While today’s materials are sturdy, they could still become damaged over time if used on your back teeth, where chewing pressure is heaviest. Premolars and molars would benefit more from a restoration such as a filling or crown, which are designed to withstand daily chewing.
Do I Need Both Upper and Lower Dental Veneers?
Although veneers are most commonly used on the upper arch, there may be circumstances where you will need veneers on your bottom teeth. If you have a really broad smile that shows lower and side teeth, you’ll want them all to look great.
Permanent discoloration is another common reason to get veneers. The first treatment option is teeth whitening, but if that does not work, you can get veneers on your bottom teeth as well. Tooth enamel stained by trauma, medications, or heavy smoking may not respond to whitening, so a full set may be needed to create a fresh, uniform smile.
Getting Your Custom Porcelain Veneers
Receiving veneers is a fairly straightforward process. Here’s what you can expect when you visit our Long Island dentists for your porcelain veneers.
The first step is a consultation where our dentists will discuss your goals and options to decide if veneers are the best choice for you. We consider many factors before recommending treatment, including your cosmetic issues, dental health, and ideal smile.
Once you’ve decided on veneers, we evaluate your smile and start designing the look of your custom veneers. Our goal is to make each one look like a natural part of your smile, so the design must be approached carefully. Dr. Saggio will take many things into account – not only the shape and color of each tooth, but your mouth’s shape, skin tone, and even the way your lips move when you speak. Each of these things plays a role in your smile’s aesthetic and thus influence the treatment plan.
You’ll most likely receive a set of trial veneers to wear for a period of time. While not customized like your final set will be, they’ll give you a chance to get used to the feeling of veneers and see how they fit into your lifestyle. This opportunity allows you to experiment with veneers before making a final commitment.
Once you’re sure about your veneers, the specific teeth will be lightly etched, or a thin layer of enamel is removed. This keeps them from looking bulky and also provides a stronger bond. Impressions of each tooth are sent to a trusted dental lab, where they create your unique veneers out of high-quality material.
Finally, your custom veneers will arrive from the dental lab. Dr. Saggio bonds the veneers into place with a strong dental cement to ensure that they will last. Your veneers are now a permanent part of your teeth, helping you achieve your ideal smile.
Making Your Veneers Last
Naturally, when you invest in veneer treatment, you want them to last as long as possible. Caring for your veneers is easy. You can brush and floss these teeth just as you did before, and since they’re stain resistant, you won’t have to worry about discoloration.
Veneers are sturdy, but they can still chip or become dislodged with sudden or persistent force. Avoid biting into hard substances like ice, certain nuts, or hard candy. Don’t chew your nails or use your teeth to open things. Use a mouthguard when playing active sports and wear a nightguard if you clench or grind your teeth at night. With proper care, your veneers could last a decade or more.
Your Source for Beautiful Veneers in Long Island
Whether you have a chipped tooth, stained enamel, or a different cosmetic issue, porcelain veneers can effectively and easily transform your smile. We offer high-quality top and bottom teeth veneers, and each is custom-made to meet your needs.
We’re excited to help you get the smile you’ve dreamed of. Contact Massapequa Family Dentistry to schedule your cosmetic evaluation today!
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