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Dental Veneers in Boston

Dental veneers can enhance or correct your smile by concealing stains, chips, injuries, or worn and misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers look incredibly natural, are long-lasting and resistant to staining. It makes them one of the best cosmetic dental options available for patients seeking a brighter, straighter, undamaged smile.

Dental Veneers
For a single solution to almost any cosmetic dental problem, choose dental veneers.

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are porcelain laminates that are bonded to the front portion of your teeth. Made of ultra-thin, customized material, dental veneers are designed to slide over your teeth. They can be as thin as 0.2 mm and are considered a very conservative treatment option in cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dental options for people who have discolored or otherwise damaged teeth that affect the appearance of their smile.

The purpose of dental veneers is to give a smile a natural appearance, and can additionally overcome the aesthetic problems caused by chipped teeth, visible gaps, and misshapen teeth. As patients' demands for better aesthetics have increased in recent years, so have the needs for restorative materials that closely mimic natural teeth. Based on current standards of care, dental ceramics are the most modern and predictable material for dental veneers. Dental ceramics provide the best strength, translucency, bonding properties and color stability over time.

Dental veneers are commonly available in a choice of two materials, porcelain or dental resin;

Interestingly, the earliest veneers were actually manufactured as props for films in the late 1920s. Since then, they have transferred into the realm of medical and cosmetic dentistry while advanced technologies, particularly over the last 25 years, have raised the bar of possibility. This has been central to the growing popularity of this method, with thousands of procedures taking place coast to coast every single month. Even celebrities love this type of treatment. It is one of the best ways to achieve the Hollywood smile you deserve.

The Benefits of Dental Veneers

Porcelain veneers have a very natural appearance, with a natural translucency that closely matches natural teeth. They should be carefully planned following a detailed smile analysis that will include dental impressions, photographs, videos and a diagnostic mock-up all done inside of our practice.

Unlike full mouth reconstruction or extensive bridgework and crowns, dental veneers can be cemented quickly. New technologies allow cosmetic dentists to scan the shape of existing teeth and to construct veneers directly in the office. This process can take as little as a single hour, during one visit. Even the traditional process that involves two trips to the office takes far less time than other smile enhancement procedures like implants. This speed means you can return to normal life quickly without having to deal with an incomplete dental procedure for days or weeks.

Dental veneers can be bonded to your teeth. In addition to the ease of application, modern cements that are used to bond the veneers to the teeth cure quickly and last for a long time. Porcelain veneers are also more resistant to staining than natural teeth, meaning veneers can remain bright with just standard oral care and regular cleanings from our experienced clinical team. A new set of veneers can last for decades when cared for properly.

One more benefit of dental veneers is the flexibility they allow for specific dental cases. Veneers can cover a single tooth or an entire line of teeth. They can be tinted so that they blend in with the rest of the teeth in the mouth, and can then be treated just like natural teeth. In fact, many patients say they don't even notice the presence of new veneers after a few weeks. Dentists can even use veneers to correct minor misalignments of natural teeth by simply attaching the material so that the teeth appear to be straight.

Dental veneers offer a convenient, customizable, and cost-effective solution that can treat a host of cosmetic faults to restore a natural smile. The fact that their results can, with the right care, last for anywhere between 10 and 30 years only further increases their attraction. Finally, the high success rates and sheer volume of successful cases allows patients to choose this treatment with confidence – particularly when completed by the right team of professionals.

Dental Veneer Procedures

While dental veneer treatments are tailored to the individual, the vast majority of procedures are completed over the course of three sessions. This means that the entire process may take a few weeks to complete. However, each of the appointments is relatively short while the results are instant following the completion of the final session. Therefore, the dental veneer process will involve:

If veneers aren’t the best solution, discussing alternatives is possible.

The manufacturing process will usually take 2-3 weeks.

Upon leaving this appointment, patients can enjoy a brand new smile.

How Are Dental Veneers Fitted

The accurate placement and positioning of dental veneers is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success. While the fundamentals of resin and porcelain dental veneers are largely identical, the fitting processes are somewhat different.

Porcelain Veneers Fitting

Your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth surface. This is to ensure that the veneers offer a natural look, which is why the amount removed is only a little less than the size of the veneer. An impression of the tooth or teeth is made to find the right shape, size, and color for the veneer. The impressions are sent to the laboratories for veneer manufacturing. In some cases, we may use a temporary veneer.

Veneers are placed onto the tooth at the fitting appointment before the dentist trims and shapes them until they are perfectly matched to your needs. This process can take several cycles, although they’ll all take place in the sae appointment. Further adjustments may be needed over the coming weeks.

Composite Resin Veneers Fitting

The tooth is prepared in the same manner as would be the case for porcelain veneers while the composite resin needs to be ordered based on the results of the impressions that are taken. The material is sculpted and colored to suit the rest of the mouth. Once sculpted, the composite resin veneers are fitted to the front of the tooth by using a special light that hardens the material to help it stick and stay in place for years to come. The veneers are then smoothed and polished to gain the final result.

Getting Dental Veneers

Dental veneers aren’t for everyone as teeth and gums must be healthy prior to the procedure. Meanwhile, the process of treating the enamel cannot be reversed, meaning all patients must be confident about their choices before committing to a treatment. It can take several days to acclimatize to veneers, but this is normal. They additionally require the same level of daily hygiene as natural teeth, or else they will not last as long as they should. When treated correctly, the dental veneers can produce truly stunning results. To find out how our Dental Partners of Boston team can use dental veneers to improve your smile, please contact our offices today. Request My Appointment