Ben Elchami, DMD -  - Dentist

Chami Dental

Ben Elchami, DMD

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Dental veneers correct an array of cosmetic concerns. At Chami Dental in Midtown East, Manhattan, Dr. Ben Elchami helps patients enjoy better-looking smiles with dental veneers made of durable porcelain and shade, shape, and textured to look just like natural teeth. Most patients receive their custom veneers in just 2 office visits.

Veneers Q & A

What’s a dental veneer?

Dental veneers are thin covers placed on the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers can improve gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, teeth that appear too small, cracked teeth, and deeply discolored teeth that can’t be whitened. Today’s veneers are made of lightweight, durable materials that can be customized to match the surrounding teeth.

How are dental veneers applied?

Dental veneers can be applied in 2 office visits. During the 1st office visit, Dr. Elchami prepares the tooth surface. A small portion of the tooth material must be removed to make room for the veneer so it rests flush with the surfaces of the adjacent teeth. He takes an impression of the tooth and sends it to a lab that creates veneers. Dr. Elchami places a temporary veneer on the tooth to protect it until the permanent veneer is ready. Often times, the patient is sent to the lab location in midtown east as well, where a well renowned technician that has created these types of restorations for celebrities and well known models, measure the correct shade, texture, shape, and analyzes the way light reflects off of the teeth to create a veneer that is natural looking and of the highest aesthetics. The technician uses the strongest and safest materials to create the veneer as well. At the 2nd appointment, Dr. Elchami removes the temporary veneer. The permanent veneer is dry fitted and adjusted for a perfect fit, then placed on the tooth surface using a strong bonding agent.

How should I care for my veneers?

Veneers can be cared for like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing to keep the teeth and the gums healthy and to keep the veneer looking its best. It’s also important to avoid biting on ice or hard candies to help prevent chips or cracks that can form in the veneer and to prevent breaking the tooth underneath. Because veneers can’t be bleached or lightened with teeth whitening treatments or products, most patients opt to have their teeth whitened before a veneer application.

Are veneers better than cosmetic dental bonding?

Cosmetic bonding can be used to treat some of the same cosmetic issues as a dental veneer, and it’s a less costly solution. The material used in bonding is not nearly as durable or stain-resistant as porcelain veneers, which means bonding generally doesn’t last as long as a veneer. Plus, veneers offer a more natural-looking result.