What Are Veneers?
Veneers involve applying a thin shell of material to cover a tooth's visible surface. Veneers can help with stained, chipped, misshapen, or irregularly spaced teeth. They can care for these cosmetic problems and others in two easy appointments.
We offer two types of veneers:
- Composite Veneers: Composite veneers are a durable tooth-colored material that the dentist applies to each tooth that needs correction. Composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain, though they are more prone to staining.
- Porcelain Veneers: The dentist applies thin porcelain shells to prepared teeth and cements them in place. They are long-lasting and stain-resistant.
The Veneer Process
Getting veneers begins with a consultation. The dentist will ask you what problems you want to correct and what you expect from the results. The dentist will then help you determine whether composite or porcelain veneers are best in your case.
After deciding on the veneer type, the dentist will take digital impressions to map your teeth in 3-D. The dentist prepares the tooth by removing a thin layer of enamel. They then take another set of digital impressions to help the lab create your veneers.
If you are getting porcelain veneers, the dentist provides a set of temporary veneers to protect your teeth while the lab makes the final product.
After your porcelain veneers return from the lab, the dentist cements them to your teeth. You can begin enjoying your enhanced smile.
Benefits of Veneers
Replaces Multiple Cosmetic Procedures
If you have multiple problems like chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth, veneers can cover all these issues simultaneously. Straightening, repairing, and whitening teeth separately takes more money and time.
Composite veneers (bonding) usually take only one visit, while porcelain veneers take two visits a few weeks apart.
Both types of veneers last for years, though porcelain lasts somewhat longer.
Porcelain veneers have excellent stain-resistant qualities.
Are You a Good Candidate for Veneers?
Most adults are good candidates for veneers, but patients must be willing to invest time and care in their oral health. Composite veneers stain relatively easily, so patients must be careful to keep them clean whenever possible and avoid highly pigmented foods and beverages.
People with bruxism (tooth grinding) may not be the best candidates for veneers since the extra pressure may chip or crack them. If you regularly chew ice, pens, or other non-food objects, you may damage your veneers.
Why Choose Leland Dental?
Our cosmetic dentistry services can help you regain your bright, attractive smile. We offer comprehensive dental services in a modern, relaxing environment. We treat everyone in your family, and we can provide high-tech care with a personal touch.
Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers
Call Leland Dental
Many people feel self-conscious about their teeth. Veneers may be an excellent choice if you want to improve your smile's appearance. Call our South Shore office at 781-826-8395 for more information and to make an appointment for a consultation.