Porcelain Veneers

Recapture Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers at EMA Dental!

Providing beautiful smiles in East Longmeadow and Northampton, MA

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Body For those looking to enhance their smile, [composite tooth bonding and] porcelain [laminate] veneers are among the most cosmetic and cost effective options for creating a more beautiful smile.  They can esthetically improve the appearance of crooked, misshapen, misaligned, chipped or discolored teeth, creating dramatic changes with conservative dentistry.  Porcelain veneers can be a cost effective treatment solution for patients with strong and well positioned teeth who wish to achieve long term whitening and smile improvement. When done well, these restorations can straighten teeth, strengthen teeth and improve their longevity.  When you maintain your own teeth for a lifetime, you can avoid the need for costly implant treatment in the future.  Achieving a bright, beautiful and long lasting smile is available to you at EMA!

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain [laminate] veneers are a shell of high-quality ceramic material that overlays the front and incisal edge of the natural tooth. They will look, feel and function like your natural teeth. They are customized for each patient to achieve the desired cosmetic improvements.  The esthetic changes can be previewed with your dentist through various consultations and can include physical mock-ups or digital smile design.

 

What does the procedure entail?

Porcelain [laminate] veneers are a conservative option for a full smile makeover.  Your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing approximately 0.5mm-1.0mm of enamel from the surface.  An impression is then taken to make a physical model of the tooth. That model is then sent out to a carefully chosen dental laboratory where skilled technicians will make your veneer. A temporary veneer will be made for you in-office to be worn while your permanent veneer is being created.  You will return to our office for a second visit once your veneer is ready to be permanently seated.  Your dentist will permanently cement your veneer using a light-sensitive resin cement to bond them to your tooth and achieve optimal esthetics.

How Long does this service take?

Porcelain [laminate] veneers typically require two in office appointments after initial consultation and treatment plan. The appointments will be minimally two weeks apart to allow the laboratory time to create your veneer.  After final insertion, you will be asked to return in approximately one week for a follow up and treatment evaluation.

What is the maintenance required for porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers can be brushed and flossed as you normally would to prevent dental problems. They will not be damaged by brushing or flossing.  It is recommended that regular in-office maintenance and follow up continue to preserve the beauty of your smile makeover. Your dentist may also recommend a night guard to protect your veneers from physiologic grinding during the sleep.

How long will my porcelain veneers last?

With proper care and maintenance porcelain veneers can last between 7 and 20 years. Although the veneer itself is non-living, your underlying teeth or surrounding gum tissue may change over time. If a veneer comes off it can generally be rebounded. If it chips it can generally be rebounded or replaced.

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a conservative approach to a full smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most durable, natural, and esthetically pleasing restorations in modern cosmetic dentistry.
Porcelain veneers are one of the kindest restorations to the gum tissue and provide little irritation.

What else should I know?

Porcelain veneers require approximately 0.5mm-1.0mm of tooth reduction and thus are considered an irreversible treatment. Lumineers are an alternative type of porcelain veneer that do not require tooth reduction. These restorations are one of the many veneer options offer at EMA for appropriate cases.
You can expect some sensitivity to hot and cold due to the removal of the tooth’s surface enamel during preparation. This is normal and should dissipate within a few days after the placement of the veneers.
Once placed your porcelain veneers are very strong and will function as your normal teeth. Porcelain, however, is a glass and thus behaves in that fashion. It is strong, but brittle. You should avoid anything that would put unnecessary stress on your porcelain veneer such as opening packaging or bottles with your teeth, chewing on bones or excessively sticky candies.

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