Veneers Specialist

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York

Jessica A. Pandich, DDS

Prosthodontist & General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

When patients come to Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York seeking a better smile, veneers are often their primary focus. Dr. Jessica A. Pandich has helped many patients near Bryant Park and Grand Central in Midtown Manhattan achieve the smile of their dreams using veneers, which provide lasting and noticeable results.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are permanent dental devices custom created to suit the needs of each individual patient. Veneers can be used to address a number of different dental issues, including moderate to severe misalignment, discoloration and spacing issues. Veneers can also be used to reshape teeth, which has both cosmetic and functional benefits. Veneers can be made of either porcelain or composite resin, both of which result in a beautiful smile.

What are the benefits of composite resin veneers over porcelain?

Many patients seek composite resin veneers because they can be applied in one day, during a single office visit. The initial process is the same for both types -- the dentist will carefully remove a portion of the patient’s tooth enamel to prepare the surface for the veneer application. Next, the dentist will apply the composite resin material, sculpting and shaping it as it is placed on the surface of the teeth. This process requires a great deal of skill and artistry on the part of the dentist, but the end result is a customized smile that is permanently bonded into position. Composite resin veneers can also be crafted off-site and then fitted at the dentist’s office. No matter how they are created, composite resin veneers are a more affordable option than porcelain veneers.

Are composite resin veneers maintenance-free?

The material used to create composite resin veneers is essentially a type of reinforced plastic. It is highly durable and much stronger than the materials used to create earlier veneer options. That said, composite resin will wear over time, and patients will likely need to come in for periodic maintenance and repair. Individuals have a great deal of control over how their veneers wear, no matter what material they are. Please feel free to contact our office for more information about resin veneers.

What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?

Many patients choose porcelain veneers thanks to the cosmetic benefits this approach provides. Porcelain offers a beautiful finish that mimics the color and gleam of healthy, natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are also stain resistant and can be created to improve the brightness of the patient's smile. Veneers are also a very conservative cosmetic approach, compared with crowns or dental implants.

What is the process for obtaining porcelain veneers?

Once a dentist and patient have determined that porcelain veneers are a good treatment option, the process begins by preparing the teeth for the installation of the veneers. This is accomplished by carefully removing approximately a half-millimeter of the tooth’s enamel, which is sometimes performed after a local anesthetic has been used. The next step involves creating impressions of the surface of the teeth, which are then sent to a special lab where the veneers will be constructed. Once the veneers are ready, the patient returns for a separate appointment where the veneers will be permanently bonded to the surface of the teeth. Before they are bonded into position, the veneers can be shaped as needed, and the color can be adjusted.

Are porcelain veneers a permanent solution?

Because a portion of the patient's enamel is removed prior to placing veneers, this is considered a permanent procedure. Porcelain veneers are the gold standard among cosmetic dentistry because the material used to create the veneers is incredibly strong and durable. That said, it is possible to experience damage or wear to veneers over the course of time. If that occurs, the patient can return to have the veneers repaired or to have an additional layer placed on top of the existing veneers. Patients can protect their investment by avoiding placing undue strain on their veneers by using their teeth as tools, or by holding non-food items with their teeth.