Porcelain Veneers – East Longmeadow, MA
A Confident Way to Smile
At EMA Dental, we want our patients to have all the treatment options they need to have healthy, beautiful, and confident smiles. That’s why we offer porcelain veneers as a premier cosmetic treatment to erase numerous flaws that can occur in the smile like chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration, and more. We only use high-quality materials, and our skilled team can deliver you the smile you’ve always wanted. Read on to learn more about porcelain veneers in East Longmeadow and how you can benefit from them.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental porcelain that are designed to cover the front surfaces of your teeth. Dental porcelain looks and feels like your natural smile, and we can create your veneers to your exact shade specifications. In fact, we can completely customize your veneers’ size, shape and color. Once bonded to the visible surfaces of your teeth, porcelain veneers conceal a wide range of imperfections all at once.
To prepare your smile for veneers, we must remove a slight portion of your enamel. Then, we’ll take special impressions of your teeth that will be sent to a high-tech lab to create your veneers. After, you’ll come back into our office, where we will ensure that you’re happy with the results before permanently bonding the veneers to your smile.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
We offer porcelain veneers to our patients because of these unique advantages:
- Appearance: Porcelain veneers can correct a range of flaws all at once, giving you a beautiful and youthful looking smile.
- Confidence: With a new and improved smile, you can flash your teeth with confidence in social and professional settings.
- Speed: Porcelain veneers is an advanced service that requires us to blend art and science for beautiful and healthy results. We can do this in just two appointments!
- Longevity: While they won’t last forever, proper care can help you enjoy your porcelain veneers for around 10 years. Plus, dental porcelain is relatively stain-proof, making it much harder to discolor your new smile.
- Health: Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well, which eliminates concern for irritation or discomfort.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
The best way to know whether you’re a good candidate is to visit our office. Every mouth is different, which is why it’s best to come see a professional if you’re considering veneers. However, candidates for porcelain veneers will typically have cosmetic imperfections in their smile, including:
- Slight gaps
- Cosmetic chips and cracks
- Slight misalignment
- Permanent discoloration
- Misshapen teeth
- Teeth that are worn down
If you look at your smile in the mirror and see flaws that you wish would disappear, we have the answer! Contact our cosmetic dentist in East Longmeadow to bring beauty and radiance back to your smile.
Understanding the Cost of Veneers
Maybe you’re concerned about the cost of veneers in East Longmeadow. After all, you’d prefer treatment to fit your budget and not “break the bank.” Remember, though, that you get what you pay for; quality is crucial enough to justify veneers’ price. That said, EMA Dental does want you to get the best service for your needs. Therefore, here are the costs and features of our cosmetic procedures. Read them over to see if veneers are a good option. Otherwise, feel free to call our office for more details.
Cost vs. Cosmetic Dentistry: What’s Right for Me?
The dentists at EMA Dental perform various cosmetic services. However, these procedures have different costs and results. To be safe, then, you should compare them before deciding on your treatment. For example, our offerings include:
- Teeth Whitening: Whether done in-office or at home, whitening is relatively fast and inexpensive. Still, keep in mind that its bleaching gel only whitens your enamel. This option thus won’t affect tooth shape or position.
- Dental Bonding: Bonding is the quickest and cheapest cosmetic procedure. At the same time, it’s solely for minor changes like reshaping damaged teeth. The resin it uses can’t hide or undo severe smile flaws. Plus, bonding isn’t long-lasting and has to be redone every few years.
- Ceramic Crowns: Ceramic crowns are metal-free caps that fix a tooth’s appearance and function. Due to their materials, they tend to be pricier than other cosmetic services
- Invisalign: Unlike regular braces, Invisalign straightens teeth with clear, removable aligners. They’re also a big investment, having an average cost of $3,000-$5,000. The aligning trays don’t help with recoloring or reshaping teeth either.
- Veneers: Veneers are porcelain shells that cover teeth’ fronts. For that reason, they transform every aspect of your smile — tooth color, shape, position, etc.; you can count on them to cover any smile flaw. They aren’t cheap, though, as they rely on expensive materials.
How to Make Veneers Affordable
Unfortunately, veneers aren’t usually covered by dental insurance. Most plans consider them “medically unnecessary” and so unfit for discounts. Even so, there are other options available to make their cost budget-friendly.
Look at our own EMA Dental, for example. We offer flexible financing through CareCredit and Lending Club. These third-party services let you pay for care with low-interest monthly installments. The result is that you can cover the cost over time instead of all at once.
If you’d like to learn more about the cost of veneers in East Longmeadow, go ahead and book a visit to our office! You can trust us to transform your smile in a way that works for your budget.
Veneers can help make your dream smile a reality, but as with any kind of cosmetic dental treatment, it’s important to make sure that you fully understand the procedure before you commit to it. You can always reach out to our team with any questions or concerns you might have. That said, we know some of our patients like to do their own research, so to make things easier, we’ve addressed some of the most common questions about veneers in the FAQs below.
What Will Happen to the Teeth Under the Veneers?
A minimal amount of enamel will need to be removed for veneers to be placed. The veneers themselves won’t cause any damage to the teeth, and the bonding material used to hold them in place is perfectly safe to use in your mouth.
That said, a tooth that is covered by a veneer is not immune to tooth decay. Bacteria can still slip underneath the restoration and cause cavities. As such, to keep your teeth safe after getting veneers, you need to practice optimal oral hygiene; this means brushing two times every day, flossing regularly, and visiting our office every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
Is There Anything I Can’t Eat with Veneers?
You’ll be given temporary veneers to protect your teeth until your permanent ones are ready. To keep your temporary veneers safe, you should avoid hard foods that can break them as well as sticky foods that can pull them off the teeth.
With permanent veneers, you’ll be able to enjoy most foods again. That said, if you want your veneers to last as long as possible, you still need to be wary of hard or crunchy foods that can damage them or wear them down. Also, you should exercise caution around darkly pigmented foods and beverages; veneers don’t stain as easily as natural teeth, but they can still become discolored.
Do Veneers Give You a Lisp?
Veneers are an extremely versatile cosmetic treatment, but they’re not recommended in the following situations:
- The tooth in question is suffering from decay. Covering the cavity with a veneer will make it harder to treat.
- You are currently suffering from gum disease. Swollen gums can interfere with the process of taking impressions, causing the veneers not to come out right.
- You have untreated bruxism, meaning you grind your teeth at night. Frequent grinding can weaken your veneers and make them more likely to fall off your teeth.
You might still be eligible for veneers after the issues listed above have been dealt with. We’ll go over your options at your initial consultation.