Porcelain Veneers - Long Island City, NY.
Veneers can complete your smile
Porcelain veneers is a cosmetic dental procedure which bonds a thin piece of porcelain over your tooth to alter it's shape and color. It is done to improve your smile if you're dissatisfied with how they currently look.
Crooked teeth, chipped, broken, discolored, and misshaped teeth can be corrected with porcelain veneers in Long Island City with our cosmetic dentists.
What we offer
At Jackson Ave Dental, our highly trained cosmetic dentists offer the full suite of dental veneers. You may think that all veneers are the same but they can be made of different types of materials.
Veneers that are made from feldspathic porcelain have the highest aesthetics. They are made from nearly 100% porcelain glass without any crystalline structure to them. Although they're pretty, they are more fragile.
Dental veneers made from lithium disilicate such as emax are much stronger than their feldspathic counterpart. It is about 70% glass structure with 30% crystalline.
When are porcelain veneers needed
Need is a strong word for an elective cosmetic dental procedure so we'll refrain from using it. However, there are certainly many situations where you can benefit from having dental veneers improve your smile.
Reasons to get porcelain laminates:
Discolored, stained, or yellow teeth
Mild crowding or crookedness
Mildly chipped or broken teeth
Diastema or gap between front teeth
How we can help
The entire process to get a dental veneer with our long island city dentists at Jackson Ave Dental will take two visits. The first appointment will take the longest, where the teeth need to be prepared, impressions taken, and a shade chosen. The second appointment is to try them on and permanently bond them.
The first visit will take about 45-60 minutes if you're veneering one tooth. The time increases the more teeth you need done. The second visit will be about 30-60 minutes.
Better tooth color
First Visit: 45-60 minutes
The goal for this appointment is to prepare the teeth for porcelain laminates. The front half gets filed down and then a mold of the teeth is taken which gets sent to the dental lab for fabrication. Last but not least you have to pick a tooth shade for what you want them to be.
Administer local anesthesia to make the treatment comfortable.
Prepare the teeth by shaving down the front half (facial and incisal).
Take an impression of the teeth and bite.
Select a tooth shade that you want.
Fabricate temporary veneers and bond them temporarily.
Send entire case to dental lab.
Second Visit: 30-60 minutes
The purpose of this appointment is to try the permanent laminates in your mouth. If they look good and you approve of them, they'll get bonded onto your teeth permanently. If you don't like them, they'll need to be sent back for a redo.
Apply numbing for your comfort.
Remove temporary bridge.
Try in the permanent one.
Adjust the bite and contacts (flossing).
Polish it to make it smooth and shiny.
Permanently glue it in.
Porcelain veneers are NEVER covered by dental insurance. In fact, we've never seen a single insurance plan that has. The reason for denial of coverage remains consistent for the last half a century, it is a cosmetic procedure.
Ultimately, if you want want a confident smile with new dental veneers, you should expect to pay for it out of pocket. Contact our office to schedule a consultation visit.
How long do veneers last?
Despite how thin porcelain laminate veneers can be, their longevity far exceeds how fragile they may look. Studies have shown that lithium disilicate ones have a 98.7% survival period over three years.
The feldspathic porcelain had a 95.7% survival rate over 5 years. Over ten years the success rate ranged from 64% - 95% depending on the study.
Bonding porcelain laminates over your teeth can certainly improve your smile. It can change the shape and color of your dentition.
The only downside is that it is an irreversible cosmetic dental procedure. The process requires shaving down the front half of your teeth in order to fit the porcelain over it. Once this is completed, you can never undo it.
If the veneer breaks you will need to replace it with a brand new one.
Veneers vs Crowns
Both procedures utilize porcelain to cover over the teeth to alter their shape and color. They will both achieve the same end result by repairing chips, cracks, gaps, and irregularly shaped dentition.
The difference between them is that crowns are full coverage restorations while veneers are only partial coverage. The crowns require your tooth to be prepared and shaved down 360 degrees. Laminates on the other hand only require 180 degrees of tooth preparation which makes them more conservative.