Dental Veneers

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Dental Veneers in Bulrington Massachusetts

Cosmetic Dental Veneers

Here at Burlington Center Dental Associates our priority is our patients’ dental health, however, we also provide a variety of purely cosmetic treatments that can help restore confidence and help our patients love their smiles. This includes Dental Veneers, synthetic materials that can cover the fronts of your teeth. For more information, keep reading or click below to contact our team. 

Dental Veneers Q & A

What are Porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a compilation of many layers of thin ceramic that can cover the original enamel of your tooth using an adhesive layer. For the dentist to place a veneer, there must be a very tiny amount of the original tooth enamel taken off, usually even less than a millimeter. It is necessary because it gives room for the veneer to fit and to most accurately restore the tooth function while providing an even more beautiful appearance.

The bond that is between the porcelain veneer and the original tooth is critical because it gives you the visual perfection you desire and a strong bond essential for proper veneer functioning. The resin is light sensitive and placed between the veneer and the original tooth, and the hardening takes place by using a special light for curing.

Porcelain veneers seem to be the successful option in many situations if your original tooth has become poor shaped, poor color, or has contours. It has become an excellent choice for using the teeth gaps, fractured teeth, and there are in some situations if the tooth position is compromised, and there might be minor issues that are bite-related. Some people find that superficial stains will not respond well to bleaching or tooth whitening. If this is the situation, a veneer might be the best option.

What are No Prep Veneers?

Part of the process of bonding a dental veneer to a tooth is prepping the tooth. Traditionally a part of a tooth has to be shaved off to make it possible for the veneer to bond to the tooth. No-prep dental veneers require less alterations to the existing tooth. 

By taking impressions and measurements of your teeth, dental veneers are custom-made and shaped to your teeth. This makes it easier to bond the dental veneer to the tooth, whereas with traditional veneers the tooth has to be changed so it can bond to the veneer. 

Pros & Cons Of Dental Veneers:

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Because Dental veneers are sculpted individually for each patient, it is almost impossible to tell between a natural tooth or a veneer. It is not like a natural tooth/teeth, a custom-made veneer will resist tea and coffee stains, and cigarette smoke due to the material that they are made.

With the veneers – instead of crowns – your real teeth will remain mostly intact with a minimum amount having to be altered to fit the veneer.

The teeth that want to defy whitening, veneers can get rid of some of the darkest teeth and make them bright white.

Dentists will sometimes recommend veneers for a quick fix for overlaps, small gaps, and minor twists.

Potential Drawbacks of Veneers

Since there is a portion of your original tooth enamel that has been reduced, a veneer is not reversible. Adjustments and new Dental Veneers can be designed, but you can never go back to the original tooth.

Once your porcelain veneers have been attached, you will notice some sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures due to the removal of the thin layer of enamel. It will usually disappear in a few days.

Veneers are solid, but also brittle. Chewing on hard objects like a pen, ice cube, or fingernails can damage veneers the same way they can damage teeth. 

How Do You Take Care Of Your Dental Veneers?

Maintaining porcelain veneers is simple. Treat them like you do your teeth, routine flossing and brushing. Don’t use abrasive fluoride toothpaste.

Seven days after you get your veneers placed, you will need to go back to the dentist for your follow up a visit to see how the veneers are settling in your mouth.

If you usually grind your teeth, the dentist might decide to fit you with a bite guard to wear at night so you will not damage your new veneers.

You will need to return for professional maintenance since veneers need to be polished with a special formulated, non-abrasive paste, and your dentist needs to check how your veneers are progressing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Veneers

How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost In Massachusetts?

Pricing for dental veneers varies greatly based on what dentist you work with, the materials used for the veneers and the amount of veneers you need. Aside from materials, there are different types of veneers. No-prep dental veneers are custom-made so they fit a patient’s teeth and are therefore more expensive than traditional dental veneers. The best way to know how much dental veneers will cost is by seeing a dentist for a cosmetic dental consultation. 

While insurance plans differ, many insurance plans only provide coverage for treatments that are medically necessary or otherwise provide functional benefits. Dental veneers tend to be a purely cosmetic treatment and are therefore rarely covered by insurance. For that reason, many cosmetic dental practices provide financing and or payment plans for their cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. 

The type of material used for your veneers and how well you care for your teeth both play a role in how long veneers will last. Like your teeth, veneers are susceptible to damage especially from chewing on harder objects like a pen, ice cubes, or other similar materials. Porcelain laminate veneers can last around 10 to 12 years before needing replacement, while resin veneers may need to be replaced more frequently. 

Depending on how your veneers are applied you might not be able to go back to your natural teeth after getting dental veneers. Because veneers often require some of the dental enamel to be removed, it would not be safe to remove these synthetic caps. Instead it would be recommended that you have the veneers replaced. Removing the veneers would expose your teeth to potential dental decay risks. 

While dental veneers may seem to be a protective covering for your teeth, they do not provide added protection for your oral health. In fact, a common misconception is that they protect your teeth. Your teeth can still experience dental decay even under a dental veneer. It is important to brush and floss your teeth even when you have veneers. 

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