Dental veneers can transform your teeth to create the smile you’ve always desired. This cosmetic dental option is customized to meet your needs and achieve your treatment goals, creating a whiter, straighter, or simply more aesthetically appealing smile. To find out if dental veneers are an option for you, contact Jeffrey M. Navre, DDS, in Westbury, New York, either by phone or online.
Dental veneers are very thin “shells” that can be affixed to either a single tooth or a group of teeth to improve the way they look. Veneers can change the size, color, length, or shape of your tooth.
Dental veneers are strictly cosmetic and are often used to correct:
Most cosmetic dental treatments are not covered by dental insurance. Patients generally pay for veneers out of pocket, using their savings, a credit card, or a special low-interest line of credit for medical expenses like Care Credit®.
Each patient’s experience with dental veneers is individual; some patients require local anesthetic while others are able to tolerate the procedure without anesthetic. Because veneers are placed under the gum tissue, some soreness is common following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers usually provide adequate relief.
Dental veneers offer a number of advantages for patients:
However, like most treatments, there are also a few disadvantages:
Your options depend on your treatment goals and the current condition of your teeth. If you’re looking for teeth that are even or straight or hoping to close a gap, orthodontic treatment might be suitable. If you’re concerned about discoloration, staining, or chips, dental bonding might be more affordable and produce a similar result.
Dental veneers can last as long as 15 years but may need to be replaced sooner. Many patients replace their veneers after 7–10 years.