Here's What to Know Before You Commit to Veneers

Mar 02, 2024
Here's What to Know Before You Commit to Veneers
Veneers are one of the most versatile cosmetic dentistry services available. But that doesn’t mean you should dive in head first without hearing from an expert. Here are a few things to mull over while you decide. 

It may seem like a straightforward process: A dentist places a thin shell over your teeth to eliminate your most frustrating smile problems. 

We’re not denying that veneers are simple, versatile, and effective, but we want to ensure they’re right for you before moving forward. 

In this blog, our team at Mamkin Dentistry Aesthetic & Restorative Center in Ridgewood, New York, walks you through some of the finer points of veneers so you know exactly what to expect.

1. Not every dentist is qualified

You can’t walk into just any dentist’s office to get veneers — you need someone specially trained in cosmetic dentistry because veneers require an incredible amount of precision and skill. 

Rest assured; our expert dentists have the training and experience necessary to craft perfect veneers to complete your smile. 

2. It may take a few appointments

Starting with your initial consultation, you should expect to see us for at least another two appointments. We need one appointment to prepare your teeth and collect information that we send to the lab that creates your veneer. We place it permanently on your tooth during your final appointment 

3. They don’t last forever

Veneers don’t last forever, but they do last quite a while (10-15 years) with excellent oral hygiene. You can make appointments for touch-ups if necessary. 

4. It can be tough to nail down the cost

Because we customize veneers down to the shade of white, it’s not always easy to determine precisely how much they’ll cost, but our team helps you estimate the final price before you commit.

Unfortunately, some insurance carriers don’t cover veneers, so call your provider to make sure.

5. They act like regular teeth

This is good news if you’re looking to restore your smile, but it also has some drawbacks. Veneers can crack and chip just like your natural teeth (which may be why you needed them in the first place). 

Simple oral care strategies can reduce the risk of damaging your veneers and keep them in tip-top shape for the long haul. 

6. Your teeth may be a little more sensitive

Teeth treated and prepared for veneers may be a little more sensitive than they once were. While this sensitivity is usually temporary, you should let us know if it persists or worsens. 

7. You may have to switch up your teeth whitening game

Veneers don’t typically respond to teeth whitening treatments like natural teeth do. That’s why we recommend talking to us before you take steps to whiten your teeth. We can give you pointers to use at home or provide in-office whitening treatments.

The bottom line

Veneers are a great, cost-effective option for a wide range of common smile problems, but there are things to consider before you sign on the dotted line. Our team is standing by to evaluate your smile and talk you through your options and the pros and cons of each.

Call our friendly staff at 718-736-2785 or use our online booking tool to request a consultation today.