A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored shell placed on the front of a tooth to transform its appearance. At Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, we have veneers custom-made out of either porcelain or composite resin material and then bonded onto the tooth's surface.
Veneers are cosmetic alternatives to crowns and braces. Veneers are used on teeth that are discolored, worn down, misaligned, uneven, chipped, or broken. They can also be used to fix gaps between teeth. However, they are not used in all cases. For example, if a patient needs better oral hygiene habits, the dentist may recommend a different treatment plan, such as orthodontic treatment or a dental crown instead.
The Process of Veneers
Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed onto the fronts of your existing teeth. Our dentists will take impressions of your teeth, which will then be sent to a lab where your customized veneers will be fabricated. Once ready, you will return to our office for the bonding procedure.
To prepare your tooth surface for the veneer placement, our dentists will remove a small amount of enamel from the front of the tooth. After the tooth has been reshaped, our dentists will carefully bond the veneer to the surface of the tooth using a particular type of cement. The veneer will be hardened in place with a curing light and then polished to give you a natural-looking smile!
The Advantages of Veneers
Porcelain veneers can enhance your smile and correct a variety of cosmetic damages, including stains, cracks, indentations, misalignment, gaps, and more. Because they are made of porcelain, they are stain-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about your veneers losing their luster over time. They can last anywhere for many years with proper care. This can make improving your smile much easier for our dentist since they won’t have to remove as much of your natural tooth structure when placing the veneer on your tooth.
At-home care is an essential part of maintaining your beautiful new smile. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing daily. Patients should also attend regular dental checkups and cleanings twice yearly to ensure they have the best oral health possible. This will help ensure your veneers are bright and healthy for many years!
If you want a better-looking smile but are unhappy with the shape or color of your teeth, veneers can also fix these cosmetic issues. For the best dental care, visit Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry at 2 Coolidge St, Suite 202, Hudson, MA 01749, or call (508) 658-0661.