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If your tooth has been damaged, there are a few repair options that may be available. For very minor damage or restoration, dental bonding may be a good choice. For other repairs, though, porcelain veneers are often an excellent repair option.

If your teeth are generally healthy and have a small crack, chip, discoloration, or other forms of damage, reach out to Forest Hills Dental about veneers Forest Hills NY. Dr. Gregory Mark provides outstanding veneer and cosmetic dentistry services. He is able to repair your damaged teeth and improve the look of your smile.

Are Dental Veneers Right for Me?

Dental veneers are a good option for patients that have healthy natural teeth and gums but have a tooth or teeth with damage or discoloration. Porcelain veneers primarily are cosmetic and help with the overall appearance of a patient’s teeth. With that said, veneers can help to provide some additional support to a damaged tooth.

Some of the main reasons for veneers include:

  • Repairing cracks and chips
  • Improving tooth coloration
  • Adjusting uneven and misaligned teeth
  • Additional tooth support

As veneers improve the appearance of a patient’s natural teeth, many patients find that porcelain veneers help with their self-esteem, confidence, and mood. With a bright, straight, and even new smile, patients are much more likely to smile wide with pride. This improves their mood and boosts their happiness.

If your tooth has been damaged due to decay, the first step will be to repair the tooth and remove the damage or decay. The health of your tooth is more important than its appearance! From there, porcelain veneers can be considered.

Dental Veneers Versus Crowns

Whether you are a candidate for a dental crown or a dental veneer will depend on the amount of tooth that needs to be replaced. Dentists prefer to keep as much of a natural tooth as possible. That’s why—for smaller cracks, chips, and other forms of damage—a dentist will generally choose a dental veneer. If the damage is more advanced, though, your dentist will likely choose a dental crown.

A dental crown, as the name implies, replaces the entire crown of a patient’s tooth. The tooth will be shaped to fit the prosthetic, then a custom prosthetic will be placed. This provides long-term support. Dental crowns are often used when a tooth has become decayed to the point where the crown is no longer viable or in cases of damage. If your tooth has been cracked due to a fall or injury, for instance, a dental crown may be required to provide the support you need.

Dental veneers involve reshaping a smaller portion of the tooth to place the prosthetic. This allows the patient to keep more of their natural tooth. Dr. Mark will let you know which repair option is best to meet your needs.

Porcelain Veneers Forest Hills NY

Once the decision has been made to place a veneer, the next consideration will be the type of veneer. One popular type of dental veneer is porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers both look great and are very durable. Porcelain veneers are able to easily mimic the appearance of a natural tooth and fit in with the surrounding teeth. This creates a seamless new smile. Porcelain veneers are so convincing that most people don’t even notice that they are there!

The porcelain veneers placement process starts with a trip to Forest Hills Dental for a consultation. Dr. Mark will take a look at the tooth or chipped teeth that need to be repaired and let you know what the best option for repair is. If it’s been decided that porcelain veneers are the right choice, an appointment will be set to prep the tooth or chipped teeth. During this appointment, the tooth is shaped to better place the porcelain veneer. A local anesthetic is used to ensure you don’t feel pain during the procedure. An impression will be taken and sent to a lab so the porcelain tooth can be custom-made to fit your mouth. Dr. Mark will also ensure the color matches your surrounding teeth well. A temporary veneer is placed after the tooth is shaped to help provide support and reduce sensitivity.

After a few weeks, the porcelain veneers will be ready. Dr. Mark will check the veneer and make sure it fits properly. This includes checking the color to ensure it fits well with the surrounding natural teeth. If he is happy with the way it looks and feels, he will use a bonding agent to permanently adhere the porcelain veneers to the tooth.

Composite (“Same Day”) Veneers

Composite veneers are similar to porcelain veneers, but they do not need to be produced in a lab. Instead, composite veneers can be created same-day at our office. This option is affordable, fast, and effective. With that said, they are not as translucent or durable as porcelain. Speak with Dr. Mark to see if composite or porcelain is right for you and get the new smile you’ve always wanted in a few hours.

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No-Prep Veneer Alternatives

No-prep veneers (also known as Lumineers) are dental prosthetics that are placed on a tooth like traditional veneers, with the exception that they do not require reshaping. These veneers are easy to place and remove and provide an excellent aesthetic appearance. Another advantage of no-prep veneers is that if there is any damage to a no-prep veneer, it is easy to repair.

For an affordable option to repair minor aesthetic issues, no-prep veneers may be the right choice for you.

Are Veneers Reversible?

It’s important to understand that veneers are permanent. Even no-prep veneers (which can be removed) will affect the enamel of your tooth. Other forms of veneers involve the reshaping of your teeth. This process can not be reversed. While for some issues like cracks and chips it’s better to have the tooth reshaped and repaired, you’ll want to take this into consideration for cosmetic changes. Consider what cosmetic repair options are available before choosing veneers.

Dr. Mark will discuss with you which repair options are available and which are right for you.

Dental Veneer Aftercare

Once our dentist places your dental veneer or porcelain veneers placed, you need to take good care of them. What many people don’t realize is that teeth with dental veneers can still accumulate plaque. Because of this, the tooth can still get tooth decay. It’s extremely important to continue to brush the tooth that has been restored and floss around it. This should be part of your daily routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day every day. You’ll also want to see Dr. Mark twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. During this time, he will take a look at the veneer and make sure it is still in great shape.

If you have bruxism, it’s recommended that you use a night guard to protect the veneer. This is also a good way to safeguard your natural teeth as well.

Cost of Veneers

There are a few different considerations when it comes to the cost of veneers. Two of the biggest variables are the number of veneers you are getting and what type. The average for patients is around six veneers (generally across the upper front teeth). With that said, it may be as little as one tooth.

When you set an initial appointment for a consultation, Dr. Mark will discuss the different types of veneers that may be available with you, and which are within your budget. You should also check with your insurance provider to see if a portion of the procedure is covered.

We offer flexible, low-interest financing through CareCredit. This is a great option for patients that have little-to-no insurance coverage.

Why Forest Hills Dental?

Forest Hills Dental is a premium dental office that services patients of all income levels and backgrounds. We pride ourselves on the top-tier dental services we provide, as well as our commitment to our customers. We believe in service with a smile!

Dr. Mark is well-renowned for the amazing work he does, as well as his positive demeanor. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of dentistry, and he is an expert at performing dental veneer procedures. You can rest assured that you will be happy with the results and that your appointments will go smoothly.

Reach Out to Forest Hills Dental Today!

If you have a damaged or discolored tooth or chipped teeth that you would like repaired, reach out to our dental office today. During your first visit or first appointment, Dr. Mark, our great dentist will take a look at your tooth or teeth and determine the best restoration methods. From there, we can get you booked for your first visit or an appointment to have our dentist places your veneer or porcelain veneers.

If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure or the cost, let us know! We can work with you to find the right payment method.

Reach out to Forest Hills Dental today to learn more about the dental veneer placement process and to schedule an appointment for your consultation.

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