Posts for tag: veneers

By Steven B. Manson, DDS, FAGD
February 19, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Wonder if dental veneers are the appropriate cosmetic treatment for your smile? Find out now!

These thin, tooth-colored coverings may not seem like much at first, but you would be amazed how much they can makeover a smile once your Long Island City dentist, Dr. Steven Manson, applies them to the front surface of your teeth.Veneers

Often made from porcelain, which mimics the look of tooth enamel, dental veneers are a great way to hide dental imperfections and get a smile that has the color, shape and look you’ve always wanted. Porcelain boasts stain-resistance and durability, so your new smile will be strong and stable for many years to come.

So, what can getting veneers in Long Island City do for your smile? They are the perfect solution for covering minor to moderate gaps between teeth, correcting slightly rotated or crowded teeth, as well as teeth that are severely discolored or are poorly shaped and minor bite-related issues.

Also, if you are a tooth grinder who is starting to wear down their teeth, then it’s time to consider getting dental veneers. They can greatly improve the look of your smile and also protect these teeth from potential fracturing or other damage.

Here are some other facts you should know about getting veneers from your cosmetic dentist in Long Island City:

  • Some tooth enamel will need to be removed (only about 0.5 millimeters) prior to placing your veneers. Even though this is painless and often performed without the need for anesthesia, the process of removing enamel makes getting veneers irreversible.
  • There may be some sensitivity to hot or cold after getting your veneers. This issue is usually minor and will go away on its own after a few days.
  • After taking impressions of your teeth and sending these molds to a lab, it can take the lab up to a week to create your custom veneers. In the meantime, we will let you know whether you will need to wear a temporary restoration.
  • Even though porcelain is strong and durable, you should avoid putting too much stress on your veneers. Any kind of twisting or flexing motion of the veneers may cause them to break. This means using your teeth as tools, biting your nails, chewing ice or snacking on hard foods like candy apples are probably not the best idea for your new smile.
  • Veneers can be cared for just like regular teeth. Continue to brush and floss normally to make sure that your smile remains cavity free.

Want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for veneers? Then call our Long Island City, NY dental office today to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to help you achieve your dream smile.

By Dr. Manson
December 31, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

If your teeth are stained and discolored, misshapen or too small, porcelain veneers may be just the opportunity to treat yourself to a beautiful smile that can last for decades. They may be used to restore a single tooth that is broken or stained, or many teeth that are worn or discolored. If you have small teeth with gaps between them, veneers can close the spaces.

Porcelain laminate veneers are thin layers of dental restorative material that are bonded onto your teeth. With porcelain laminate veneers you can change a tooth's shape, size, and color. They require a minimal amount of tooth preparation (reduction of enamel on the original tooth) and are a great way to help you have a beautiful smile now and for decades to come.

They can last from seven to twenty years or more. Part of what determines their exact longevity is the health of your mouth. Gum tissues may deteriorate and the gum line may shrink back away from the roots of your teeth. So brushing, flossing, and other good dental habits are important in maintaining your investment in your smile.

Veneers don't require special treatment, and you can eat nearly anything with them. Keep in mind one precaution, however. Porcelain, like glass, can break with too much stress. This means that biting something that applies a strong twisting movement to your teeth may cause the veneers to shatter. If you grind your teeth at night you may need to wear a night guard to protect your veneers. It doesn't happen often, but if a veneer detaches it can usually be rebonded to the tooth.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about porcelain veneers and see if they are right for you to enhance or change your smile. You can also learn more about veneers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: How long will your porcelain veneers last?

By Dr. Manson
October 03, 2012
Category: Dental Procedures

You may have heard the term “veneer” with reference to woodworking, where it means a thin layer of attractive wood that covers and enhances the surface of a piece of furniture. Exactly the same principle applies to porcelain veneers used in dentistry: A thin layer of ceramic material is used to cover parts of a tooth in order to improve its structure and appearance.

Porcelain is a non-metallic ceramic material that is fired in an oven at a high temperature to make it hard and durable. Dental porcelain veneers are thin layers of ceramic that can be applied to the outside of the tooth so that the end result mimics the natural color and translucency of tooth enamel. The underlying tooth structure has to be prepared by removing a small amount of the enamel, about 1 mm, which the veneer replaces. The veneer is then bonded to the prepared surface using a light-sensitive resin.

In woodworking, a veneer may be used to match the grain between the left and right sides of a piece of furniture, creating a beautiful effect on a curve, or simply to bring the appearance of expensive wood to a backing that is less expensive.

Just as a wood veneer improves the appearance of a dresser or table, porcelain laminate veneers may be used to improve teeth that have a number of cosmetic and functional problems. These include staining that cannot be removed by tooth whitening, teeth that are too small, misshapen, chipped or spaced too far apart. After an assessment of your teeth and your smile, we can create a mock-up using temporary tooth-colored materials so you can decide whether the suggested changes will work for you, or you can make suggestions for further improvements.

Porcelain laminate veneers may not be the best solution for you if your teeth are severely stained or damaged. In cases where a large proportion of the original tooth must be replaced, porcelain crowns may be the best solution. The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line, and it can be covered with a porcelain crown that looks exactly like a tooth in shape and color. After studying your needs, together we can decide on the most satisfactory method to restore your most attractive smile.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about porcelain veneers. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Crowns and Veneers.”


An important consideration prior to having any cosmetic dentistry is to understand both the pros and the cons of each particular dental procedure. And while porcelain laminate veneers are among the most aesthetic means of creating a beautiful, more pleasing smile, they are permanent and non-reversible and should be maintained properly.

On average, you can expect porcelain veneers to last anywhere between 7 and 20+ years. However, much of that depends whether or not you care for them properly in addition to the quality of the dental porcelain, the craftsmanship, and placement of them. How long your veneers last can also depend to some extent upon how you age. This is because the gum tissues attached to the living tooth that your veneers are cemented to may shrink or pull away from the tooth exposing its root surface. If this occurs, you should see your dentist for an evaluation, as it may require veneer replacement. Or, the issue might be resolved through some minor periodontal (gum) plastic surgery.

Porcelain veneers are a low maintenance solution for solving a multitude of cosmetic dental challenges, but they do require that you protect them during sports or vigorous activity. You should also wear an oral appliance or mouthguard (nightguard) to protect them from grinding or any other involuntary damage during sleep.

To learn more about porcelain veneers, continue reading the Dear Doctor article, “Porcelain Veneers.” If you are ready to see what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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