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Porcelain Veneers - east longmeadow & northampton 

Providing Beautiful Smiles

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For those looking to enhance their smile, porcelain veneers are among the most cosmetic and cost-effective options for creating a more beautiful set of teeth. 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 as well as improve their longevity. Achieving a bright, beautiful and long-lasting smile is available to you at EMA Dental!

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a shell of high-quality ceramic material that overlays the front and incisal edge of a 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 aesthetic 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 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. This 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 placed. 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 veneers typically require two in office appointments after an initial consultation. The appointments will be minimally two weeks apart to allow the laboratory time to create your veneer. After final placement, 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. It is recommended that regular in-office maintenance and follow-up visits continue to preserve the beauty of your smile makeover. Your dentist may also recommend a nightguard to protect your veneers from unconscious grinding during sleep.

How long will my porcelain veneers last?

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

What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers offer a conservative approach to a full smile makeover. They are one of the most durable, natural, and esthetically pleasing restorations in modern cosmetic dentistry. They are also one of the kindest restorations to the gum tissue and cause 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 offered at EMA Dental 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 will be very strong and function just like 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 veneers, such as opening packaging or bottles with your teeth or chewing on bones or excessively sticky candies.

Frequently Asked Questions – Veneers

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As one of the most versatile and natural-looking cosmetic dentistry services that we offer here at EMA Dental, it’s no surprise that porcelain veneers are becoming increasingly popular. However, it’s also perfectly normal to have a few questions or concerns that you need to be addressed before you go through with this treatment. That’s why we have included the following section with the answers to some veneers FAQs in East Longmeadow & Northampton.

How Much Does It Cost to Get Veneers?

The price of veneers will depend on various factors, including how many you’re receiving and the location of those teeth in your mouth. Your level of insurance coverage may also affect the cost.

Since veneers are usually considered an elective procedure, dental insurance won’t often cover it. However, if you’re getting veneers to correct a structural problem, such as a chipped tooth, you may qualify for partial coverage. Our practice is in-network with many popular insurance plans. We even partner with CareCredit to help you finance your new smile with a low-to-no interest loan.

Does It Hurt to Get Veneers?

Having some enamel removed from your teeth might sound painful, but don’t worry. Your procedure shouldn’t hurt in the slightest. We’ll make sure to numb your mouth with a potent local anesthetic before we begin. You may experience some soreness for the next few days, but it’s nothing that can’t be remedied by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed.

Will Veneers Restrict My Diet?

Unlike traditional braces, veneers can straighten your smile without limiting the kinds of foods you can eat. Just like with your natural teeth, though, certain foods can fracture your veneers. We highly suggest refraining from chewing foods like hard breads, nuts, caramel apples, and popcorn kernels.

Can I Still Get Veneers If I Grind My Teeth?

Yes, but we don’t recommend it without seeking treatment first. Chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can place stress on your veneers that may cause them to chip, crack, or even fall off eventually. Because this habit often occurs while you sleep, you might not even be aware of it. Our dentists can detect signs of bruxism and prescribe a custom-made nightguard to minimize damage. This comfortable plastic tray fits over your teeth to provide cushioning against the harmful forces of teeth grinding.

Are Veneers Right for Me?

Most patients who are unhappy with some aspect of their smile would make good candidates for veneers. After all, they can correct virtually any aesthetic dental imperfection.

The one major caveat, though, is that your mouth must be free from structural health issues prior to receiving veneers. As mentioned above, you should wear a nightguard if you have bruxism. You should also get any other issues, like cavities or gum disease, addressed beforehand. Lastly, you must be committed to maintaining an oral hygiene routine in order to get the most out of your veneers and maximize their lifespan.

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