If you have chipped, cracked, or unusually shaped teeth, you may benefit from dental veneers. These thin, tooth-colored coverings can improve the appearance of your smile. At his practice, experienced general and cosmetic dentist Daniel Wank, DDS, uses veneers to help adults achieve beautiful and symmetrical smiles. To make an appointment for veneers, call the office on the Upper East Side, New York City, New York, or book online today.
Veneers are incredibly thin pieces of porcelain bonded to the front of your permanent teeth. If you break a tooth, you may only need one veneer, but Dr. Wank usually recommends getting at least six (because an even number allows for improved symmetry and aesthetics).
Dr. Wank uses veneers to treat a variety of cosmetic issues, including:
You may also benefit from veneers if you have unusually shaped teeth.
To get veneers, you need to have healthy teeth and gums. If Dr. Wank discovers a cavity or signs of gum disease, he may recommend treatments for those issues first. If your teeth and gums are healthy, Dr. Wank prepares your teeth to receive the veneers.
Getting veneers takes two visits to Dr. Wank’s office (with the visits spaced about a week apart).
At your first visit, Dr. Wank numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and uses special tools to remove a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. Then, he takes a series of impressions and sends them to a dental lab that designs and manufactures your custom veneers.
When the lab finishes your veneers, you return to Dr. Wank’s office for your second visit. Dr. Wank bonds the veneers to the front of your teeth and polishes them. Then, he carefully explains how to clean and care for them in greater detail.
Dental veneers last an average of 12-15* years, but it’s possible to extend their use by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Wank recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting his office two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
Dr. Wank also recommends avoiding bad habits for optimal oral health, including:
If you play contact sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your veneers from damage.
To make an appointment for veneers, call the office of Daniel Wank, DDS, in New York City, New York, or book online today.
*Individual results may vary.