Wondering about porcelain veneers to change your smile in the West Village? Are you googling terms like “best veneer dentist in 10011”? Look no further than Keith Bracy, DDS to begin your porcelain dental veneer journey!
So what are porcelain veneers? A dental veneer is a highly esthetic porcelain covering of your tooth. Generally, veneers are done on the front teeth and used to change your smile. Veneers are highly cosmetic, and can change the color, shade, texture, length and size of a tooth. They can also mask ugly existing dental restorations like old fillings and stains. In some cases, they are used to protect a fractured tooth or one that has a dental cavity?
Are veneers really porcelain? In 2019, we have a variety of different dental materials to fabricate your dental veneers. “Veneers” are often referred to as “porcelain veneers”, but in truth Dr. Bracy and the laboratory may choose between a few different materials. Emax veneers have increased in use due to the increased strength of the veneer, but traditional porcelain veneers are often considered the most esthetic. There are also veneers made from Zirconia and combination veneers made with Emax and traditional porcelain. Don’t fret over the veneer materials. We can discuss the details of the different veneer materials at your veneer consultation at our dental office in 10011. No two patients are alike, and Dr. Bracy will help you select the best veneers for you.
What are composite veneers? You might have heard about composite veneers, also called dental bonding. In this procedure, composite resin (the same material used for white fillings) is layered on the front of your tooth to improve its looks. A “composite veneer” can be less costly than a traditional porcelain veneer and also improve your smile. However, this type of “veneer” does have some drawbacks. They often don’t last as long, can discolor, and often don’t wear that great over time. Since they are made by the dentist “on the spot” instead of in a dental laboratory, they might not always have the same beauty and customization. If you already have composite veneers and they are aging, failing or you just don’t like them, you might want to consider a porcelain veneer consult in our West Village dental office.
How many veneers do I need? Well, it depends on your smile makeover goals! Some patients can benefit from 1 veneer, while other need 12-20 dental veneers. A cosmetic dentist, like Keith Bracy, DDS will evaluate your smile and teeth to help you determine how many veneers you need. In cases, where there is a single discolored tooth like from a root canal treatment, 1 veneer makes all the difference. Or have you ever noticed someone with two skinny lateral incisor teeth? Sometimes 2 veneers on these teeth have dramatic cosmetic effects! Or maybe you are patient that shows a lot of teeth when they smile and talk, perhaps, you might need more veneers to achieve your cosmetic dental goals.
What are the disadvantages of veneers? Well, Dr. Bracy likes to be honest and totally upfront about the pros and cons of any dental procedure. The main disadvantage of dental veneers is that once you get them, “you can’t go back”. Sometimes patients retain the concept that if they don’t like their porcelain veneers in a couple of years, they can take them off and have their virgin teeth back. The porcelain veneer process involves shaping and molding the underlying tooth structure by removing some enamel with a dental drill. Then the porcelain veneer is cemented or bonded over the tooth. Thus, if you remove the veneer, you would have a sensitive tooth that does not look the same as before the veneer procedure started. From time to time, veneers can debond or come off or fracture. In rarer cases they can discolor. You can also get cavities on veneer teeth. However, veneers can be like changing in terms of improvement of smile and confidence. Our patients who get them are happy. It is all about making informed decisions about your health at our West Village dental office.
If you get porcelain veneers, please don’t disappear from the dentist after you get them cemented! You should return to Dr. Bracy for regular maintenance and checkups. The best dental problem is one that is caught when it is small, easy and affordable to fix. Use fluoride toothpaste and floss your veneer teeth. Although, porcelain veneers are cemented in with very strong cements that bond to your tooth, you should avoid doing things like chewing on ice or opening bottles with them. Veneers need TLC!
Will my dental insurance cover my new porcelain veneers? Our friendly staff at our Chelsea dental office is happy to do a benefits check for you. While most dental plans do not cover any cosmetic procedures, some PPO type dental plans have some limited benefits for porcelain veneers. I wouldn’t count on any coverage for your porcelain veneers, but you can make a payment plan with Dr. Bracy or use your Care Credit card. Dr. Bracy wants to make your smile transformation affordable.
Still thinking about getting porcelain veneers? Call Dr. Bracy at 212-390-8399 today!