Veneers Specialist

Jeffrey M Navre, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Westbury, NY

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.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

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.

What can dental veneers do for me?

Dental veneers are strictly cosmetic and are often used to correct:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Stains from medications or fluoride
  • Teeth that are uneven
  • Gaps between teeth

What are my payment options for dental veneers?

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®.

Do dental veneers hurt?

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.

What pros and cons are associated with dental veneers?

Dental veneers offer a number of advantages for patients:

  • They look natural, much like your natural teeth
  • They’re resistant to stains
  • They can be made to match other teeth almost exactly
  • They require minimal shaping of your natural teeth
  • They’re highly effective in improving the appearance of your smile

However, like most treatments, there are also a few disadvantages:

  • Veneers are more expensive than composite resin
  • You can’t decide you want them removed later as the natural tooth has been altered
  • Veneers can be broken or damaged by nail-biting and other trauma
  • Patients who grind or clench their teeth are not good candidates for veneers

Do I have any other options to consider?

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.

How long can I expect my dental veneers to last?

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.