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Veneers Specialist

Liana Smiles

Liana Stein, DDS

Dentist located in Staten Island, NY

Misshapen, cracked, or stained teeth can hurt your self-esteem. Liana Stein, DDS, and the dental experts at LianaSmiles recommend porcelain veneers for a smile that's both functional and beautiful. Custom veneers can help you feel and look your best. Turn to LianaSmiles for veneers in Staten Island, New York. Book a consultation online or call today.

Veneers Q & A

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are a very thin layer of porcelain that helps re-create the look of your natural teeth. Before bonding the veneers to your existing teeth, Dr. Stein goes tooth-by-tooth to fit each veneer. Veneers correct imperfections like stains, cracks, holes, or misshapen teeth. They also help strengthen frail teeth.

Porcelain remains the most stain-resistant material for making veneers, though veneers may also be created out of resin composite materials. Porcelain also tends to match your natural enamel better. Dr. Stein reviews your options and recommends the best type of veneers for your specific needs.

How do I get veneers?

After an initial consultation to discuss the type of veneers that are best for your teeth and the results you hope to achieve, you return for a follow-up appointment. Then, one of the skilled cosmetic dental experts shapes your existing teeth to prepare them for the veneers by removing a tiny amount of enamel from the surface. After your teeth are ready, your dental practitioner makes an impression of your teeth so the dental lab can create your custom veneers.

When your veneers are ready, you come back to have the veneers fitted to each tooth. After cleaning and etching the surface of your teeth to prepare them for the bonding process, the dental expert applies a special cement and light source that causes the adhesive to bond securely to the porcelain. Voila! Once the cement dries, you have a new and upgraded smile!

Are there different types of veneers?

Dr. Stein specializes in two popular types of veneers: composite and porcelain. There are benefits to each type, but she will recommend the option that best suits your teeth and budget.

Composite veneers

Composite veneers are about half as expensive as their porcelain counterparts and take just one visit to create and put on. Composite veneers are sculpted onto your teeth, whereas porcelain veneers must be sent to a lab to be created. Furthermore, composite veneers are typically less invasive than porcelain. Composite veneers normally last up to five years.

Porcelain veneers

While porcelain veneers cost more and take a little more time to put on than their composite cousins, porcelain veneers are more durable. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years. Furthermore, porcelain veneers offer a more natural, polished look.

What’s great about veneers?

Veneers provide a natural-looking way to correct crooked, cracked, or misshapen teeth. Also, they provide the following benefits:

  • Stain resistance
  • Little gum irritation
  • Ability to lighten darker teeth, so they appear whiter
  • Look great with no invasive dental work
  • Reinforce weak teeth
  • Less expensive than some other dental procedures like crowns

Book a consultation online or call LianaSmiles today to see how easy it can be to improve your smile with custom veneers.

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