By Great Meadows Dental Group
December 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

If you look in the mirror and feel dissatisfied, smile enhancement from Great Meadows Dental Group may be what you need. From improving tooth size, shape and color to normalizing a gummy smile, cosmetic dentistry services build on the foundation of healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin, and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia are the go-to dentists in Bedford, MA, for one of today's most popular treatments: porcelain veneers. Learn all about them here.

What are porcelain veneers?

Basically, they are tooth-colored laminates. Thin, strong, tooth-shaped and permanently bonded to selected teeth, veneers cover detracting flaws such as stains, gaps, chips, and more. Your Bedford, MA, dentist often uses veneers as part of a complete smile makeover, but also, they are a great stand-alone treatment, adding a measure of resiliency to healthy teeth.

Are veneers right for you?

They can be as confirmed on examination and digital imaging at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA. You and your dentist agree upon realistic smile goals before you begin treatment, and they will fully explain the process and aftercare.

If you qualify, your doctor will take oral impressions--either with putty and trays or digitally. Additionally, the dentist always removes a thin slice of enamel from each tooth which receives a veneer. This allows veneers to feel comfortable and bite properly. Temporary laminates protect your teeth in between visits.

When your veneers arrive from the lab, you'll return to Great Meadows Dental Group for permanent placement. The temporaries are removed, and the dentist bonds the permanent ones in place using a special adhesive. This adhesive can be varied in color so your veneers blend right in with your other teeth. After the adhesive is hardened and bite...checked, you're done!

Adjusting to veneers

It may take a week or so for your porcelain veneers to feel natural within your mouth. Be sure to continue your careful oral hygiene habits at home, and see your dentist every six months for your usual check-up and hygienic cleaning.

Additionally, stay away from hard foods, such as candy apples or ice, and never use any of your teeth to open packaging or bottles. Limit dark foods and beverages to reduce the chance of staining. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says veneers are stain-resistant--not stain-proof.

Find out more

You just may love what veneers can do for your smile. Why not find out more by coming to Great Meadows Dental Group for a consultation with Dr. Ristuccia, Dr. Kharin or Dr. Papapetros? Call the office for an appointment, won't you? Phone (781) 275-7707.