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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.

By Great Meadows Dental Group
November 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

You have a problem with your teeth. Functionally, there's nothing wrong with them — but it's another story when you look in the mirror: discoloration, wearing or maybe a slight gap between them.

Fortunately, you don't have to settle for a smile you're not happy with. Less costly than crowns or bridgework, porcelain veneers can nonetheless correct many mild to moderate cosmetic problems with teeth and transform them into an attractive smile.

Like the name implies, a veneer is made of thin layers of dental material custom-designed and bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can correct problems with color, tooth shape and size, and mild misalignments or spacing. It's akin to installing new siding on a house.

To begin your journey with veneers, we must first examine your teeth to fully assess your dental needs and ensure you have no issues that could prevent applying them. Then, we prepare your teeth: although not to the extent as for a crown or bridge, we must remove a small amount of tooth material so the veneer will appear natural and not bulky.

We then make an impression mold of your prepared teeth that a dental technician will use to create your veneers. During this process they build up layer after layer of liquid porcelain until they achieve the right thickness, shape and color to match your teeth.

In the meantime, we can fit you with a temporary set of veneers made of acrylic plastic so you can chew, speak and smile normally. These provisional veneers also give you and your friends and family a chance to see what your new smile will look like.

When your veneers are ready, we'll create micro-etches in your teeth that will help keep the veneer secure after we've bonded them. Once bonded, the veneer will feel like an inseparable part of the tooth and look it too. No one except you and us need know you're wearing veneers.

If you take care of them — keeping up daily hygiene habits, not biting into hard surfaces, and visiting us regularly for checkups — your veneers can last for many years. And so will that beautiful, new smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”