Many people are unhappy with the size, shape or color of their teeth to the point where it affects the way they smile and interact with those around them. If you are struggling with any of these concerns, veneers at Centers for Progressive Dentistry can improve many of these smile imperfections with minimal or no reduction of your tooth structure.
How Do Veneers Work?
Veneers are made from porcelain or other high strength dental ceramics. They cover only the front side of the tooth, leaving most of the natural tooth untouched. Due to the thinness of the veneers, minimal amount of the tooth surface needs to be removed. In some cases, no tooth structure needs to be removed, requiring no local anesthetic or Novocaine-type drug.
What Does the Veneers Process Involve?
Placing porcelain veneers takes two appointments. During the first visit, the teeth are prepared and temporary veneers are placed. Dr. Scardella will discuss the size, shape, and shade of the veneer desired and take a mold of the teeth.
This mold will be sent to the lab, often along with photographs of your teeth, in order to customize your veneers. Because our lab is right next door in Kingston, MA, patients are often allowed to meet the technician face to face to perform custom shade matching. This process makes it much easier for the lab to provide the results you’re looking for.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
With proper home care, veneers may last ten or more years. However, veneers are thin and may fracture if certain precautions are not taken. Center for Progressive Dentistry will make sure you know exactly how to care for your veneers, making them last as long as possible. Typically, a custom night guard will be fabricated along with the veneers to reduce the wear and tear that is put on teeth at night.
How Do I Know if I Am a Candidate for Veneers?
Although many people are perfect candidates for porcelain veneers, not everyone will qualify. A consultation with Dr. Scardella will be needed to determine the proper treatment. Some teeth may be better served with full coverage crowns, rather than veneers. Crowns and bridges can be every bit as aesthetic as veneers, especially when the goal is to hide the dark color of a tooth beneath the restoration.
Are There Alternatives to Veneers?
Yes, there are several other ways to cosmetically improve your smile. Since it is the size, shape, color, and position of the teeth that make up an esthetic smile, changing one or more of their characteristics can make a difference.
Repositioning teeth with braces or Invisalign may be the least invasive and longest lasting way to get the results you are looking for. Sometimes teeth may need to be moved with braces prior to placing veneers, so that the minimal amount of natural tooth structure needs to be removed. Cosmetic bonding is another minimally invasive option. Lastly, tooth whitening can make a drastic difference in the brightness of your smile.
If you are thinking about cosmetically improving your smile with veneers, please call Center for Progressive Dentistry to set up a consultation appointment.