Veneers - Massapequa Park, NY • Long Island
GET A BRAND-NEW SMILE IN AS LITTLE AS TWO APPOINTMENTS
What’s the secret to a celebrity smile? In truth, it’s not really a secret anymore, because it’s usually veneers! This conservative, highly esthetic solution can instantly mask stains, chips, breaks, misalignments, and many other imperfections. With Dr. Allan Mohr, you don’t have to be famous to achieve star-quality results. As a cosmetic dentist, he can design and place veneers here at our Massapequa Park practice, and in just two visits, you can have a bright, bold smile that radiates youth and vitality.
WHY CHOOSE DR. ALLAN S. MOHR FOR PORCELAIN VENEERS?
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are comprised of thin layers of high-quality dental porcelain. In dentistry, porcelain is known for its durability, translucency, and resistance to staining. The glass-like ceramic allows light to penetrate the veneer, replicating the shimmery quality of healthy tooth enamel. When bonded to the surface of teeth, porcelain veneers exhibit incredible strength, and the material won’t tarnish easily due to coffee, wine, or even tobacco exposure. The natural-looking results, versatility, and quick and easy process make porcelain veneers the cosmetic dentistry solution of choice for A-listers and everyday people alike.
Some patients may prefer cosmetic bonding instead, and for minor problems, this conservative alternative can work. However, if you’ve got more than one problem or big imperfections, nothing will match the power of veneers to achieve a complete smile transformation.
The Process of Getting Veneers
First, Dr. Mohr will sit down with you for a one-on-one consultation to discuss what you would like to change about your teeth. He’ll also perform a quick exam to make sure you don’t have any ongoing dental problems like cavities or gum disease that need to be addressed first.
Based on your input and his observations, he’ll create the design so the veneers potentially alter the size, shape, spacing, or color of your teeth. He will show you a preview of your final result using digital imaging or a wax model.
Once you’re happy with your new smile, he’ll prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of enamel so the veneers lay flat and send his design to a dental lab. You’ll be fitted for temporary veneers in the interim. When your final veneers arrive, he will place them at a second appointment.
The Benefits of Veneers
The secret to veneers' vast popularity is their versatility. Using this one treatment, Dr. Mohr can cover up chips, stains, cracks, gaps, crooked teeth, uneven wearing, and more. They’re sometimes even called “instant orthodontics” because they can cover small misalignments and let you skip the months-long process of orthodontic treatment to make mild cosmetic changes to your smile.
On top of this, they are extremely stain-resistant, plus with regular maintenance (brushing and flossing daily as well as getting regular checkups), they can easily look like new and last for decades.
We strive to help our patients enjoy peace of mind before every treatment, which is why if you’re interested in getting veneers to enhance your smile, we’re more than willing to answer any questions you might have. We’ve gone ahead and responded to some of the most popular ones below, but if you want to know anything else about veneers that we haven’t addressed here, you’re invited to give our team a call.
Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?
Not when Dr. Mohr places them! Even though getting veneers involves removing a small amount of enamel to ensure they fit securely and look natural, our patients find it easy to remain comfortable throughout the procedure. You might feel a little pressure during this step of the process, but nothing that resembles discomfort.
How long do porcelain veneers last?
On average, veneers can be expected to last about 15-20 years before needing to be repaired or replaced. Just like your natural teeth, the better you treat them, the longer they will stick around! Thankfully, preserving and protecting veneers only requires you to practice good dental habits, as in brushing and flossing daily and coming to see Dr. Mohr twice a year for checkups and cleanings. It’s also recommended that you avoid chewing on any hard substances that could chip your veneers (like ice, pen caps, or fingernails) and wear a mouthguard whenever you engage in sports.
Can I get veneers instead of braces to straighten my teeth?
Maybe. Veneers can be used to quickly fix minor crookedness and gaps in the teeth, but for more pronounced issues that affect the alignment of the bite, the best approach will likely require some type of orthodontic treatment. When you come to see Dr. Mohr for a consultation, he’ll listen to your goals and discuss the most direct and lasting way you can achieve the smile of your dreams. If this involves working with an orthodontist, he’ll be able to recommend one that he’s collaborated with for years so you’ll enjoy a seamless experience.
How much do veneers cost?
The final cost of veneers can vary widely from patient to patient and is based on a number of factors, with the most important one being how many veneers are being placed. Some people just need one veneer to completely change their smile for the better, while others require six or more to obtain their desired result. Dr. Mohr strives to use the minimum number of veneers possible while still maximizing a patient’s outcome so they can achieve their enhanced look as efficiently and affordably as possible. When you come to see him for a consultation, he’ll go over every aspect of your veneer treatment plan, including the price, so he can make sure your new smile fits easily into your budget.
Does dental insurance cover porcelain veneers?
Veneers are considered a purely cosmetic procedure by most dental insurance plans, which means they are typically NOT covered. However, if a veneer is used to repair a broken or chipped tooth, some policies may pay for a portion of the procedure. Give us a call with your insurance information handy, and our team will go over your coverage and let you know if you qualify for any benefits. If not, we can offer you flexible financing options to help you break up the cost of your treatment into smaller installments.
Should I avoid eating anything with my veneers?
Before you receive your permanent veneers, you’ll be fitted with temporary veneers while your final ones are being made. These won’t be as strong, so we recommend that patients avoid eating hard items like raw fruits and vegetables, certain candies, and never chew ice. Thankfully, with real veneers, a person can eat pretty much anything that they like. We just advise that they practice caution when consuming extremely sticky, hard, or chewy foods (just like we would for patients without veneers), as these items have a higher risk of causing accidental chips or cracks.
Can I still drink coffee with my veneers?
Yes! You don’t have to worry about coffee quickly discoloring your veneers as the porcelain material is stain-resistant. However, it’s important to note that “stain-resistant” is not the same as “stain-proof.” After years of being exposed to coffee every day, veneers can begin to darken and yellow. However, this can easily be avoided by A.) Slightly reducing the amount of coffee consumed each day, B.) Drinking coffee relatively quickly so the teeth are exposed to it for less time, and C.) Using a straw so that the coffee passes the teeth.
Will veneers change the way I speak?
After having their veneers placed, some patients may develop a slight lisp as their mouth adapts. Normally, it is minor enough that only the patient themselves notices. This will go away on its own after a few days, but the adjustment process can be sped up. A patient can read aloud, make a point to spend more time talking with friends or family, or sing in the shower so that the lips and tongue can learn how to move with the veneers.
How many veneers will I need?
This will vary from patient to patient depending on the current condition of their teeth as well as what their goals are. Of course, the number of veneers will influence the cost of treatment as well. Dr. Mohr has been able to achieve some amazing results by placing just one veneer in some cases, while other patients may benefit from a set that covers all the teeth that show when they smile. He’ll discuss this detail with you at your consultation so you’ll know what to expect from the very beginning. Often, at least two veneers are needed to ensure that the appearance of the smile stays symmetrical.
Dramatic Before & After Results by Dr. Mohr
Porcelain veneers can create some truly amazing results, but you don’t have to take our word for it thanks to the gallery below. There, you’ll see just some of the gorgeous smiles Dr. Mohr has been able to give our patients. You’ll be shocked at the difference they can make!