Recently you may have noticed something different about me – any guesses? I got porcelain veneers! In today’s post I’m sharing my veneers before and after reveal thanks to the pros at New York Dental Office. My dentist Dr. Adi Kedem, Boris Abayev and David Abayevare truly the best and the team there made the entire process so easy and stress free. Click through to read more about my experience plus my shocking before and after photos!
The entire process spanned out about month and involved three different office visits. The first appointment was a consultation where I explained what I wanted, talked through the details and cost with my dentist and ultimately where we decided on a plan for my procedure. We decided all I needed done was my top four front teeth.
On the second appointment they took impressions of my mouth and prepped me for the application of my veneers. I was so so nervous! Yes, to get veneers there is some removal of your existing teeth involved. They shaved down my teeth using an instrument that reminded me of what manicurists use to prep nails before applying acrylic gel. My teeth were already on the small side, so the removal on me was minimal. Since veneers are completely custom (a dental technologist literally handcrafts each individual veneer out of porcelain) I had to wait a week after my prep while my veneers were created. So I didn’t go around looking like a jack-o-lantern with nubs for front teeth, the empty space around my teeth was temporary composite veneers. It sounds weird but it was hardly noticeable to the eye unless you really, really looked up close.
The third and final procedure took about only an hour. They removed the temporary veneers, numbed me up with some novocaine (your teeth will feel super sensitive) and applied my brand new veneers! The first reaction I had was total shock. I think Dr. Kedem and the team thought I hated them because I literally didn’t have anything to say. For 24 years of my life I was used to my teeth looking a certain way, feeling gaps in my mouth, closing my mouth for pictures etc. and then suddenly it’s a just a totally different view when I look in the mirror.
As you can probably tell from these photos, I love the end result! It had been a dream of mine to get porcelain veneers ever since I got my braces removed at age 16. My natural teeth were so tiny and square – even with braces it was impossible to close all the gaps in my smile. My mom and I looked into veneers before I went to college, but ultimately the cost was just too much for her. Veneers are cosmetic and not something typically covered by insurance. If I wanted it done I had to pay for it myself.
So eight years later and after finding the right dentist, I took the leap and paid for the procedure myself. In my case veneers were definitely not 100% necessary. By no means did I think my old smile was glaringly bad, however it did cause me insecurity and was something I noticed any time I saw myself in a photo.
If you are based in the New York area I highly recommend Dr. Kedem and the team at New York Dental Office. Their dedication to their patients and improving lives is very obvious. I’m a very anxious person so I really appreciated how they went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and relaxed from start to finish. Nick is so obsessed with my results he is going in for his own consult next week! HAH
Would love to hear what you think of my new smile! xo