Having one or two chips, stains, or otherwise blemished teeth can make you feel self-conscious when you smile, but Dr. John Shi offers veneers and Lumineers® to correct those problems at Centre Dental. He completes the entire procedure in his New York City office located in Chinatown so that you can smile brightly and confidently -- possibly for the first time in a long time. Schedule an appointment to feel better about your smile by calling or using his online scheduling form.
Veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells crafted from porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to your teeth with dental-grade cement. Dr. Shi can use a veneer to eliminate the need for a crown or braces.
Although your veneer only covers the front portion of your tooth, it provides strength while correcting issues with the shape and color of your tooth. Additionally, the veneer can correct gaps between your teeth, as well as cover:
You can expect the entire process to take three visits. During your first visit, you tell Dr. Shi what you want to correct about your teeth, and he determines if veneers are right for you.
He then examines your teeth and gums to make sure you don’t have any problems that could interfere with the veneers. At this visit, he might also take X-rays and impressions of your teeth and mouth.
When you go to your next visit, Dr. Shi prepares your tooth for the veneer by removing about a half millimeter of enamel from the front of your tooth, probably after anesthetizing the area around the tooth. Next, Dr. Shi creates a model of your tooth and sends it to the lab. Within 2-4 weeks, your new veneer comes back.
Dr. Shi may trim or adjust the color if needed. Then, he cleans, polishes, and etches the tooth. Finally, he uses a permanent dental cement to attach the veneer.
Veneers require the same care your other teeth do: regular brushing and flossing. Dr. Shi may recommend you limit foods and beverages that stain your teeth, such as red wine or tea.
Since it’s possible to damage or break the veneers, you may need to wear a dental appliance while you sleep if you grind or clench your teeth. But with proper care, veneers last for years. In fact, it’s possible for a veneer to last up to 10 years before you have to replace it.
Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, as thin as contact lenses. They require little or no tooth reduction, so anesthesia isn't necessary, and since they're translucent, no color matching is required.
They're also robust, lasting as many as 20 years before needing to be replaced.
If you're looking for the least invasive procedure which promises you a great smile and no post-procedure discomfort or sensitivity, call or go online to make an appointment with Dr. Shi.