With porcelain veneers, your Bedford, MA, dentist has the chance to completely transform your smile’s appearance, perfecting it in as little as two visits. But how do we create and place these restorations, and what common esthetic issues can they correct? In today’s blog, we’re talking about the process of providing lifelike porcelain veneers.
How Does a Veneer Transform a Tooth?
A veneer is a very thin wafer of porcelain that covers the front and sides of each tooth, instantly changing the appearance of the shape and color. For that reason, they can be used to correct multiple cosmetic issues at once. For example, we can mask the permanent teeth stains that don’t respond well to teeth whitening, and also reshape malformed teeth too. Placement helps repair minor chips and cracks, and provide length to teeth worn down due to teeth grinding. We could also use them to close embarrassing gaps between the teeth, and to correct the appearance of minor misalignment, offering an alternative to braces or aligners for some patients.
Crafting a Custom Cosmetic Restoration
Each one needs to be custom-made to ensure a proper fit, and optimal esthetic improvement. We start by making room for them, which means removing a small amount of structure from the outside of the tooth. We then take detailed impressions and measurements, which we use to design the restoration in a dental lab. The porcelain we create them from can be tinted to blend with the rest of the smile, and we may whiten the teeth beforehand to ensure they match your brightest smile. When you return to the office, we will check the fit to see if final adjustments will be necessary. We then place it with a powerful bonding agent, so you leave with a stunning new smile!
Preserving Your Smile (and Your Veneers)
Routine care helps keep them strong and ensure they last. The teeth we attach them to will still be vulnerable to issues like infection or gum disease, so routine care is a must. Treatment also helps keep them bright! You should brush and floss daily to remove stray food particles and control plaque buildup, a major factor in the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. You should also see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit, so we can remove plaque and ensure you continue to enjoy a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile for years to come! If you have any questions, then give us a call today.
Do You Have Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry?
We’re ready to help you perfect your smile with our custom cosmetic dental restorations. To learn more about improving smile beauty, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.