Porcelain Veneers Can Quickly Give You a Stunning Smile
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that adhere to your teeth for those teeth with cosmetic flaws such as:
- Minor misalignment
- And extreme staining that is unresponsive to whitening
How long do porcelain veneers last?
A common question that is ask at a consultation appointment is ; "How long will my new dental veneers last?". Dental veneers can last anywhere from 10-15 years or more if properly maintained. Every veneer's longevity is dependent on multiple factors; A) Such as how much enamel you are bonding to, B) do you grind or clench your teeth C) how likely are you to get tooth decay.
Dr. William Papadopoulos and Dr. Pilar Sanchez can design your smile, for your face with porcelain veneers at our Brookline, MA, practice. If you are unhappy with deep stains, misshapen teeth, or other cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers are the best way improve your smile. Veneers are extremely thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that your dentist will attach to the fronts of your teeth to create a flawless appearance. We offer both traditional veneers, which can be placed in two easy visits, and minimal-prep veneers, which can usually be placed in just one visit for patients that qualify.
About Our Porcelain Veneers
Traditional veneers involve some removal of tooth enamel, and impressions of your teeth must be sent to our dental lab for the creation of your veneers. For these reasons, the procedure is completed over the course of two appointments. Minimal-prep veneers are even thinner than traditional veneers, and little, if any, enamel is removed. In many cases, these veneers can be placed in a single appointment.
However, not every patient will be suited to minimal-prep veneers. Traditional veneers can be more effective when, for example, the goal is to fill a gap between teeth without using orthodontics. Minimal-prep veneers are best suited to changing the color of the teeth and correcting tiny imperfections. Patients who wish to add volume to their teeth may be good candidates for minimal-prep veneers, but on other patients they can look bulky. With our great deal of experience and our advanced Digital Smile Design imaging, we can confidently recommend the type of veneer that will give you the best results.
Candidates for Porcelain Veneers
Because porcelain veneers cover the whole front of a tooth, they can conceal a wide variety of dental imperfections. They can be used on just one or on any number of your teeth, and can be an excellent component of a smile makeover. If your teeth have small chips, cracks, or other minor damage, porcelain veneers can repair them. Porcelain veneers can also conceal deep stains that are unresponsive to professional teeth whitening treatments. If you have small gaps between your teeth or minor misalignment, porcelain veneers can correct these issues without the need for orthodontic treatment. Porcelain veneers can also reshape small or misshapen teeth to add symmetry. It is important that patients are in good oral health prior to any cosmetic procedure.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with one of our skilled dentists. He or she will perform a thorough examination and discuss your treatment goals and budget with you. Together, you will determine whether traditional or minimal-prep veneers are the best option. If you will receive traditional veneers, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a small amount of your enamel (less than 1 millimeter). Once your teeth have been prepped, we will take impressions of your teeth to send to our off-site dental lab. An expert dental ceramicist will create your porcelain veneers to our exact specifications.
Porcelain is beautiful and reflects light like natural tooth enamel, so your new smile will look gorgeous and also completely natural.
Once your porcelain veneers are ready, you will return to our office to have them placed on your teeth. An acidic solution will be applied to lightly etch your teeth to create a more durable bond. Your dentist will apply dental cement to the backs of the veneers and then press them onto your teeth. A curing light will be used to harden the cement. Your dentist will ensure your bite is properly aligned and make any necessary small adjustments. If you are receiving minimal-prep veneers, they typically can be placed in a single appointment to provide you with immediate results.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers produce relatively fast results and do not require any recovery period. They can whiten, straighten, and add symmetry to your teeth with just one procedure. Porcelain is beautiful and reflects light like natural tooth enamel, so your new smile will look gorgeous and also completely natural. Porcelain veneers can be a long-lasting cosmetic treatment with proper care.
Schedule Your Consultation
Veneers can give you a dazzling smile faster and easier than you may have imagined. We also offer flexible financing options, so you do not have to wait to renew your smile. To schedule a consultation, contact our office today.
I had a hard time trusting dentists in general since my last visit to one. Dr. P. really made me change that. The dental hygienist and dental assistant are great, very gentle and caring. Not to mention their state-of-the-art equipment and cleanliness. I would definitely recommend everyone to give them a try.- A DexKnows Reviewer