Porcelain Veneers in NYC & Long Island
Do veneers feel like real teeth?
Porcelain is very similar to natural enamel both in the way that it looks and in the way that it feels. When the tongue runs across a porcelain veneer, it should feel the same as a natural tooth. Veneers are custom made to fit against teeth and gums, which also promote a natural appearance and sensation when speaking, biting or chewing, and also when the mouth is at rest.
What are the disadvantages of veneers?
There are many more advantages to veneers than disadvantages. Veneers can create the smile you’ve always wanted if the current dentition can support them. Important points to remember when deciding on treatment include:
- Treatment cannot be reversed.
- Due to enamel reduction, however slight, the tooth will always need to be covered with a veneer or a dental crown.
- Veneers typically cannot be repaired if they crack or chip.
- The treated tooth may remain sensitive to hot and cold.
- Veneer color and tooth color may differ, causing discrepancies between teeth. This can be addressed with teeth whitening.
Do veneers ruin your teeth?
For an optimal fit and bond, it is necessary to remove a small amount of surface enamel from a tooth before placing a porcelain veneer. However, the amount of enamel that is removed is so small that the tooth remains strong and resilient against normal wear and tear.
Can permanent veneers fall off?
A porcelain veneer can fall off. This can happen as a result of:
- Tooth clenching and grinding.
- Facial injury in which a strong impact is made to the mouth.
- Tooth decay at the margin of the veneer.
- Damaged caused by chewing or biting on hard objects such as a pen cap or ice.
- Frequently eating sticky or chewy candies that are bitten into with front teeth.
Do Veneers protect teeth from cavities?
Veneers are affixed only to the front surface of teeth. The portion of the tooth that is covered is somewhat protected from tooth decay. However, the sides and back of the tooth or teeth are not covered by the veneer so they can still develop cavities. It is important to practice good oral hygiene after porcelain veneer treatment to decrease this risk.
Do Veneers last forever?
Porcelain veneers are typically very durable. These tooth-covers withstand normal wear very well. However, they do not last forever. Patients can expect to need veneer replacement 10 to 15 years after the initial procedure. If veneers do not receive excellent daily care, they may need to be replaced in as little as 5 to 7 years.
What can you not eat with veneers?
Although porcelain is strong, it can still be damaged. Patients with porcelain veneers are encouraged to avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice and hard candies. Chewy candies may also be somewhat risky because the chewing motion may cause excessive strain on veneers, posing a risk of popping off. Some studies also suggest that alcohol can degrade the bonding material that holds veneers to teeth. Therefore, it is wise to limit alcohol consumption.
Can I drink coffee with veneers?
One of the advantages of porcelain veneers is that this material is a bit more stain resistant than natural enamel. This is because porcelain is nonporous, so there are no tiny tubules into which debris can settle. Patients may enjoy coffee, tea, red wine, and other foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth. Keep in mind that these substances can stain enamel. If a natural tooth sits next to a tooth that has a veneer, the natural tooth will likely become dull and discolored over time compared to the veneer. Also, frequent consumption of stain-causing substances could cause darkening to develop at the margins of veneers, where porcelain meets enamel. This is a relatively uncommon risk that can be minimized by rinsing the mouth after consuming beverages like coffee and tea.
How long does pain last after veneers?
To get dental veneers is not painful. Because the process does involve the slight reduction of enamel, patients may experience mild, temporary tooth sensitivity during their treatment process. Once the veneers have been in place for a few days, this effect should go away.
How long does it take to get veneers?
Dental veneer treatment takes place over a few office visits. The appointment when the veneers are placed on the teeth may be scheduled about two weeks after the appointment in which teeth are prepared and impressions are taken. In some cases, additional adjustments are needed after final insert. All in all, a person can have a new smile fully intact within a month.
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For your convenience, our offices are open seven days a week. We accept walk-ins and offer affordable care and financing options. Contact us today to learn more about what our porcelain veneers dentists can do to improve the health and aesthetics of your smile. Call us today at 844.365.DENTAL or request an appointment through our website at any time.