If you’re looking to restore your smile, porcelain veneers are an affordable, efficient option. At Nashoba Valley Dental, Dr. Matthew Annese specializes in the application of porcelain veneers for patients in Groton, Lunenburg, Pepperhill, and Leominster. Call us today to schedule a consultation to see if veneers are the right treatment for you.
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are designed to fit over your existing teeth, essentially replacing them. Because they can cover up minor damage, stains, and other cosmetic issues quickly, they are a very popular choice for smile makeovers.
Porcelain veneers can usually be applied in just two treatment sessions at Nashoba Valley Dental. After Dr. Annese has confirmed that you’re a good candidate for veneers, he will begin the process of veneer application by removing a very thin layer of enamel from the teeth that will be treated. This layer is equal in thickness to the porcelain veneer, and it’s removed to ensure at tight, seamless fit. The process of enamel removal is very gentle, and local numbing agents can be used to reduce discomfort during the process.
Then, images and molds of your teeth are taken and sent to an outside lab, where your veneers will be created in the shape and color that you desire. The process of manufacturing veneers typically takes 2-3 weeks, so you will get a set of temporary veneers to wear in the meantime.
At your next appointment, Dr. Annese will check the fit, shape, color, and style of your new veneers. If they fit perfectly, he will bond them into place with dental adhesive, and the procedure is complete. You’ll leave our office with a brand new, confident smile!
Porcelain veneers are used for treating a wide variety of cosmetic issues, such as:
It’s important to note that veneers are a cosmetic procedure. They are not designed to repair significantly damaged teeth. They are only meant to cover up healthy teeth that have minor imperfections.
No. Veneers cannot be removed. For all intents and purposes, this procedure is permanent and irreversible. This is because, during treatment, Dr. Annese must remove a thin layer of enamel from each of your teeth to prepare for the placement of your veneers. This is done to make sure each veneer adheres properly and does not add awkward, unnatural bulk to your smile. This layer of enamel is quite thin (0.5mm, in most cases).
Once your veneers have been built and placed, your teeth will be just as strong as they were before they were trimmed. If you are more interested in reversible cosmetic dental treatment, you may want to consider choosing an alternative treatment like dental bonding. While it is less durable, dental bonding offers similar results and does not require the removal of any enamel during the preparation process.