Close up of dentist holding veneers


You may not have been born with perfect teeth, but you can still get a stunning smile by seeing a dentist.

Astoria Dental Group has 30+ years of experience and a suite of dental veneer options to create the designer smile of your dreams.

Our portfolio includes revolutionary FirstFit® veneers that allow our Queens, NY, practice to create a custom smile in one visit.

What Are Veneers?

Dental veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that are custom designed to fit on the fronts of the teeth. At Astoria Dental Group serving Long Island City and all of Queens, NY, we use high-quality porcelain, which beautifully mimics the translucency of natural tooth enamel.

Our dentists take a comprehensive approach to designing custom porcelain veneers. We address the imperfections you want to hide, and we also consider how the veneer design can enhance your facial profile. Natural-looking symmetry is the hallmark of a beautiful smile.

In this clip, Dr. Clifford Degel talks about porcelain veneers, a procedure that can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile.

Common problems that bring patients to our practice for porcelain veneers include:

  • Chipped teeth

  • Cracked teeth

  • Tooth discoloration

  • Misshapen teeth

  • Slight misalignment

  • Overcrowding

  • Gapped teeth

  • Short teeth

Traditional Veneers vs. No-Prep LUMINEERS

Our cosmetic dentists offer traditional veneers and Lumineers®. Both are suitable for covering a wide range of flaws while delivering natural-looking results.

Both types of veneers are crafted from durable porcelain that is color-matched to your desired shade. Porcelain is stain-resistant and simple to maintain, which means you can care for your veneers and Lumineers in the same way as natural teeth.

But while both types of veneers are similar, there are important differences you will want to consider. During your consultation, our cosmetic dentists will help you decide which option best meets your needs, budget, and goals.

Close up of a veneer on a thumb with four veneers in the background

Traditional Porcelain Veneers

Traditional porcelain veneers require a small amount of enamel to be removed from your teeth. This helps the veneers sit flush with your natural tooth structure without appearing bulky. However, this step means there is no "turning back" once enamel has been removed from your teeth. You will always need to maintain a restoration on the tooth to protect it. Traditional porcelain veneers are thicker, which makes them better at hiding flaws of the underlying tooth. Traditional veneers tend to cost a little more than Lumineers.


Lumineers are not just thin like veneers, they are ultra-thin. This means you won't need to have any enamel removed to get Lumineers. If you think you'll change your mind about veneers, you can relax knowing that Lumineers can be removed and won't need to be replaced. However, since Lumineers are so thin, they are less effective at hiding flaws. Lumineer candidates tend to need only minimal aesthetic changes, or changes that require increasing the size of a tooth. Lumineers tend to cost a little less than traditional veneers.

Learn More About Lumineers

Our FirstFit Method is Transforming the World of Veneers

Traditional porcelain veneers take weeks to complete, from preparing the teeth to getting your veneers back from a dental lab. In between prep and placement, you are forced to wear temporary veneers, which can sometimes be uncomfortable.

Now imagine walking in for your first veneers appointment and walking out on the same day with a new smile. That is the FirstFit difference.

FirstFit veneers at Astoria Dental Group shrinks the treatment timeline to just a few hours. Using high-end digital imaging systems at our on-site dental lab, we can digitally plan your case and then use 3D printing to prepare a tray of veneers with a perfect fit. The procedure is less invasive than traditional veneers since our surgical guides limit how much enamel is removed.

While not suitable in every case, FirstFit dental veneers can be used to improve the color, size, alignment, and spacing of a tooth. The key benefits of FirstFit include:

  • Conserves more natural tooth structure
  • Your restoration takes just one dental appointment
  • You will not need to wear temporary veneers
  • You approve the veneer design before any steps are taken
  • The computer-aided designs ensure better quality, fit, function, and aesthetics

Not Sure Which One is Right For You? Request a Free Consultation

With such a wide variety of options, including traditional porcelain veneers, FirstFit, and Lumineers, you may be wondering which one is right for you. We suggest requesting a consultation at Astoria Dental Group in Queens, NY, to learn more about all your choices for a more beautiful smile.

Drs. Degel and Every-Degel will examine the extent of your cosmetic issues and recommend which treatment option will help you achieve an engaging smile that better reflects the real you. He will review veneer costs and payment options to make sure treatment fits your budget.

We can also give you a preview of what your new smile could look like. Our sophisticated computer smile imaging lets you "try on" your new smile before undergoing treatment. Let's work together to create a picture-perfect smile!

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A Veneers Patient Testimonial

Emily explains how Dr. Degel worked with her to plan her smile makeover. The treatment plan included implants, replacing silver fillings with white fillings, a set of veneers as well as teeth whitening to finish the makeover. Emily shares how happy she is with the end results.

Why Choose Astoria Dental Group?

A Full Suite of Veneer Choices

We offer a wide variety of veneer options, which allows us to customize your smile while also creating a better fit for your lifestyle. Our FirstFit veneers can be completed in just one appointment, while Lumineers can free patients from the lifetime commitment to veneers.


Drs. Degel and Every-Degel have led Astoria Dental Group since 1991, helping residents in Long Island City, Queens, and throughout NYC achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. An accomplished dentist, Dr. Clifford Degel has been featured in Vogue and on "Top Docs."

Comprehensive Care

Our practice offers a full range of services. Patients can receive convenient care whether they live in nearby Long Island City or another neighborhood in NYC. Veneer patients often choose to enhance their smiles with additional treatments, such as gum contouring or teeth whitening.


Unfortunately, insurance usually does not cover cosmetic dentistry procedures. To help patients overcome this obstacle, we offer flexible financing options through CareCredit®, Wells Fargo Health Advantage® credit card, and LendingClub.

"I've visited both Dr Every and Dr Degel and have had great experiences with both, with extensive work being done- extraction, implants, bridge, veneers, Invisalign, crowns, root canals and the basic cavities. The assistants are very helpful, staff is competent and friendly, the dental hygienist does a great job and I've never had to wait." Michelle Linnen, 5-Star Review
Doctors Carmen Every-Degel and Clifford Degel

Astoria Dental Group

Our doctors are widely recognized for their contributions to the field of dentistry. They are members of various prestigious organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry 
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry 
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists 
  • American Dental Association

If you are ready to transform your smile with Astoria Dental Group, request a consultation online or call us in Queens at (718) 278-1123.


“The office staff, as always were polite, friendly, and professional. The hygenist was professional and did a great job with my cleaning. Thank you very much!” Michael M.

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