Shalman Dentistry

Dental Veneers

Teeth that have suffered years of wear and tear can reduce your confidence and happiness, wreaking havoc on your personal and professional life. Fortunately, you no longer have to deal with the unsightly appearance of your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry can address a full spectrum of dental flaws, restoring your smile and improving your quality of life. Dr. Shalman, our New York City cosmetic dentist, provides exceptional patient-centered care and uses dental veneers to create perfect smiles.

What Is Dental Veneer?

A dental veneer is a thin porcelain or composite resin covering bound to the front of imperfect teeth to improve their appearance. The custom-made shells often play an integral role in a smile makeover. They’re also a more long-term solution to teeth discoloration than teeth whitening or other methods.

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If you’ve tried other procedures to improve your smile without success, it’s time to consult Dr. Alex Shalman at his boutique dental office. Nicknamed “The Artist of the Smile,” he’s an expert in oral health and smile makeovers. It’s due to his attention to detail and care for your overall health. Dr. Shalman first assesses the extent of the damage to your teeth. Then he can determine if you’re a good candidate for dental veneers. In New York City, he specializes in cosmetic dentistry and serves families in the West Village, East Village, Chelsea, and the surrounding Lower Manhattan neighborhoods.

Dental Veneers

How Do Dental Veneers Work?

A dental veneer restores your smile by covering the damaged part of your enamel. In most cases, no other dental approach can effectively correct stained or discolored enamel. When your dentist creates veneers for your teeth, they ensure that they fit and look like the rest of your teeth. Dental veneers are a permanent solution.

The procedure used to place them in your mouth depends on the type of custom veneers your dentist recommends, such as:

  • Porcelain veneers. These are lab-made porcelain coverings. They are made-to-measure. Your dentist removes a small amount of your front tooth enamel and forms a mold to create an impression for the area to be covered. The mold goes to a lab where we construct the custom porcelain veneer. Dr. Shalman tests it on your affected tooth to ensure it looks natural among your other teeth before cementing it in place.
  • Composite veneers. Resin-based composite prepless veneers are prepared by your dentist and fixed directly onto the affected tooth. The dentist first cleans, reshapes, and thoroughly prepares the tooth before bonding and sculpting the color-matched composite material onto it. He then adjusts the shape to achieve the most natural-looking veneer. A special light dries the composite material, and the dentist smooths and polishes it to look like a natural tooth.
  • No-Prep Veneers. A no-prep veneer is only 0.2 mm in thickness, which makes all the difference in preserving your tooth structure. Your dentist creates an impression of the teeth that will be veneered. The specialist then sends the impression to the dental lab along with all the other information like the shade of porcelain required, so your veneers can be made. After that, your dentist simply fits and adjusts your veneers and bonds them onto your teeth when you are happy with their appearance.

Each type of veneer is slightly different, and your choice may depend on your budget, the number of veneers required, and the issues that you want to hide. Some people may only require simple dental bonding and composite veneers that can be completed very quickly. Other people are seeking a more comprehensive change to the appearance of their teeth and will benefit more from having conventional porcelain veneers or no-prep veneers. Your cosmetic dentist can discuss all possible options, helping you choose the best solution for your needs.

Who Needs Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers can restore the natural appearance of teeth that have suffered structural damage due to decay, physical injury, or another cause.

You’re the right candidate for veneers teeth if your teeth and gums are healthy, and you have:

  • Discoloration or permanently stained teeth, especially if they affect your self-esteem.
  • Decayed teeth that can be saved but still look unappealing.
  • Minor cosmetic problems such as gaps between teeth, chips, cracks, minor misalignment, or crooked teeth.
  • Dullness or naturally darker teeth when you want a more dazzling smile.

Dr. Shalman’s dental practice uses cutting-edge dentistry technology to assess the extent of damage to your teeth. He may suggest dental veneers for improved oral health and a more attractive smile. Before commencing the procedure, he explains the cost of your dental veneers, the steps involved, preparation for the treatment, and the aftercare.

Because veneers are permanent and we must remove a thin layer of enamel to cement them in place, you may be interested in alternatives to veneers, including:

During an in-person consultation, Dr. Shalman will carefully assess your dental concerns and goals to determine whether other treatment options are more appropriate for you.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers help you reclaim your smile. A beautiful smile is powerful and can help in many aspects of your life.

Other benefits of dental coverings include:

  • Restoring the natural appearance of your teeth
  • Boosting your self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Remaining stain-free
  • Being ideally suited for the best fit, appearance, and color
  • Looking better than dental crowns
  • Promoting healthier gums

Dental veneers are made of highly durable porcelain material and can last decades without requiring replacement. Porcelain is also immune to stains and discoloration, meaning your smile will stay white and bright even if you’re an ardent coffee lover. When your veneers eventually start to discolor, Dr. Shalman can restore their original luster by replacing them one at a time. Maintaining your porcelain veneers is also a simple process that requires no more than daily brushing and flossing. We use only the most advanced materials to ensure your teeth shine with natural brightness for years to come.

How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost in New York?

Dental veneers in New York can cost anywhere from $450 to $2,600 per tooth, depending on the type. Composite veneers are the most affordable veneer type, costing between $450 and $1500 per tooth, whereas porcelain veneers cost between $900 and $2,600 per tooth.

How to Care for Dental Veneers?

Are dental veneers difficult to maintain? Absolutely not. Maintaining your veneers doesn’t require any extra effort. Brushing, flossing, and other standard dental hygiene, including routine cleanings, should be more than enough, although there are a few caveats to be aware of.

To preserve your dental veneers, we recommend to:

  • Refrain from consuming hard, sticky, or tough foods
  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports
  • Avoiding chewing on hard objects like pens, ice, or nails
  • Protect your veneers with a retainer or splint at night
  • Reduce your consumption of staining foods and beverages

Maintaining your veneers is similar to maintaining your real teeth. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush after eating and using dental floss several times a day will preserve their brightness and shape. We also recommend visiting our Manhattan practice biannually to catch minor problems before they become irreversible. Dr. Shalman will inspect your veneers, the underlying natural protective covering, and neighboring teeth during your visit to ensure the healthiest and most beautiful-looking smile.


Do Dental Veneers Hurt?

You won’t feel any pain or discomfort during treatment because veneers are less invasive than other dental restorations. To prevent sensitivity, we frequently use numbing medications and provide our patients with temporary veneers.

Are Dental Veneers Tax-Deductible?

Unfortunately, veneers are not a medically necessary dental treatment and thus are not tax-deductible.

Are Dental Implants and Veneers the Same Thing?

Though both implants and veneers are restorative dentistry options for treating various aesthetic and structural problems, they serve different functions. Dental implants are a more invasive, time-consuming, and costly treatment used to address serious problems like broken teeth. Veneers are the quickest and most effective way to conceal years of wear and tear and discoloration.

What Is Dental Bonding Versus Veneers?

Although bonding is a quick and inexpensive procedure, veneers are more durable and resistant to chipping, staining, and breakage.

Do Dental Veneers Damage Your Teeth?

Dental veneers will not damage your teeth or compromise your dental health. However, partially removing the tooth’s enamel before placing a veneer is necessary.

Can Dental Veneers Be Whitened?

We can remove some stains from the surface of your veneers during your cleaning appointments. However, severe staining and discoloration will require replacing the veneer.

You don’t have to live with discolored or crooked teeth any longer. At Dr. Shalman’s boutique clinic, you can regain your smile and enjoy life more. The dentist who also lectures at NYU College of Dentistry uses cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry techniques to promote oral health and enhance your appearance. Contact Dr. Shalman today to schedule a life-changing dental appointment.

This page was published on Jan 31, 2021, modified on Dec 2, 2021 by Dr. Alex Shalman (Dentist) of Shalman Dentistry

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44 W 10th St #1A
New York, NY 10011
(10th St, between 5th & 6th Avenue)
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DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ CAREFULLYThis website's purpose is to provide general dentistry information. None of the details given is intended to be taken as authoritative dental advice. It's important to speak with a dentist in NYC about your problems, as it may be a symptom of a serious underline condition. For an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, a detailed oral examination should always be performed. Make an appointment with your nearest healthcare provider or call our Lower Manhattan practice to set up a consultation.

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