Dental veneers have become a leading treatment option for smile makeovers, damaged teeth, and addressing certain types of dental concerns. Made of a composite resin or ultra-thin ceramic, dental veneers are placed on the front of the teeth to change the color, shape, size, and overall appearance. Veneers can provide many years of improved aesthetics and dental health with the appearance and function of a symmetrical smile.
In a couple of visits with Dr. Sousa in our Roslyn Heights dental office, you can achieve a straighter smile without the lengthy process of orthodontics, once it is determined that there is no underlying bite dysfunction. Dr. Sousa is an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist, having been one of the first in the area to develop and widely use dental veneers for the treatment of cosmetic concerns.
Beginning his career in dentistry as a trained laboratory technologist, he advanced to Master Ceramist before entering dental school. Today, patients benefit from his comprehensive knowledge of making dental restorations which are often completed in our on-site lab.
Minimal Prep Veneers What to Expect
The dental veneers process begins with a consultation and evaluation of your dental health. After discussing your cosmetic goals, Dr. Sousa will often use digital photography to both analyze and design your smile. This gives you the opportunity to “preview” how dental veneers can transform your appearance and enables you to work closely with Dr. Sousa throughout the process for the most personalized result.
For most minimal-prep veneers, Dr. Sousa recommends an ultra-thin ceramic material to ensure durability and the most natural aesthetics. Once a treatment plan is in place, the teeth will be prepared for placing the veneers once ready.
Dr. Sousa will gently etch the tooth surface, compromising as little of the tooth structure as possible. The veneers are placed over the teeth for fit and shape so that adjustments can be made as necessary before they are permanently secured.
After the veneers are placed and adhered to the teeth, we will polish the material for a natural look and smooth surface. We will provide care instructions as needed, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine to avoid damage or decay.
Dental veneers are made to last a long time. The average life span of a typical veneer is 5 – 10 years and sometimes up to 20 years. The better you care for them and your oral health, the longer they will last.
Minimal prep veneers do not require as intensive prep work as other types of veneers. Therefore, the process to place them is much shorter. This also means less damage to the tooth enamel while preparing them. You still get the same benefits as you do with other types of veneers!