Veneers in Shirley, MA
Nashoba Valley Dental
If you’re looking to restore your smile, porcelain veneers are an affordable, efficient option. At Nashoba Valley Dental, Dr. Matthew Annese specializes in the application of porcelain veneers for patients in Groton, Lunenburg, Pepperhill, and Leominster. Call us today to schedule a consultation to see if veneers are the right treatment for you.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are extremely thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain that are designed to fit over your existing teeth, essentially replacing them. Because they can cover up minor damage, stains, and other cosmetic issues quickly, they are a very popular choice for smile makeovers.
How Are Porcelain Veneers Applied?
Porcelain veneers can usually be applied in just two treatment sessions at Nashoba Valley Dental.
After Dr. Annese has confirmed that you’re a good candidate for veneers, he will begin the process of veneer application by removing a very thin layer of enamel from the teeth that will be treated. This layer is equal in thickness to the porcelain veneer, and it’s removed to ensure at tight, seamless fit. The process of enamel removal is very gentle, and local numbing agents can be used to reduce discomfort during the process.
Then, images and molds of your teeth are taken and sent to an outside lab, where your veneers will be created to in the shape and color that you desire. The process of manufacturing veneers typically takes 2-3 weeks, so you will get a set of temporary veneers during your first appointment.
At your next appointment, Dr. Annese will check the fit, shape, color, and style of your new veneers. If they fit perfectly, he will bond them into place with dental adhesive, and the procedure is complete. You’ll leave our office with a brand new, confident smile!
What Cosmetic Issues Can Be Treated By Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are used for treating a wide variety of cosmetic issues, such as:
- Teeth stained by tobacco use, consumption of coffee and tea, or yellowing cause by the aging process
- Large gaps in the teeth
- Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
- Teeth with minor damage, such as chipping. Cracks and serious enamel damage can’t usually be treated with veneers, and require an alternative treatment like a dental crown
- Teeth that have been worn down or damaged due to acid reflux, bruxism, or other dental issues
- Teeth that are irregularly shaped, small, or otherwise imperfect
It’s important to note that veneers are a cosmetic procedure. They are not designed to repair significantly damaged teeth, only to cover up healthy teeth that have minor imperfections.
Are Veneers Safe?
Yes! Veneers are completely safe. The procedure of trimming your teeth and preparing for veneer placement is minimally-invasive and there are no major complications or serious side effects associated with the process.
In some cases, your teeth may feel slightly sensitive after they have been trimmed. This may persist while you wear your temporary veneers, and even for a little while after your permanent veneers have been placed. However, this is completely normal and will subside after a few weeks after veneer placement. Using a desensitizing toothpaste (like Sensodyne) can help with this in the meantime.
Can Veneers Be Removed?
No. Veneers cannot be removed. For all intents and purposes, this procedure is permanent and irreversible. This is because, during treatment, Dr. Annese must remove a thin layer of enamel from each of your teeth to prepare for the placement of your veneers.
This is done to make sure each veneer adheres properly and does not add awkward, unnatural bulk to your smile. This layer of enamel is quite thin (0.5mm, in most cases). Once your veneers have been built and placed, your teeth will be just as strong as they were before they were trimmed.
If you are more interested in reversible cosmetic dental treatment, you may want to consider choosing an alternative treatment like dental bonding. While it is less durable, dental bonding offers similar results and does not require the removal of any enamel during the preparation process.
Can Veneers Stain? Can I Whiten My Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are made of a strong, non-porous ceramic material that cannot be stained by things like coffee, wine, tea, cola, and other foods and drinks. However, composite (resin) veneers can be stained if they are not cleaned properly.
Neither type of veneer can be whitened. Unlike your enamel, neither porcelain or dental resin responds to peroxide, the most common type of chemical whitener used in dentistry. Porcelain veneers never need to be whitened, though, and resin veneers that are stained can often be whitened by buffing them to remove a thin layer of the material.
Because veneers can’t be whitened, it’s also a good idea to have your teeth whitened at Nashoba Valley Dental before your veneers are placed and ensure that they are your ideal shade. By whitening your teeth before your veneer treatment, your veneers will match the color of your teeth perfectly.
Interested In Veneers In Harvard, Groton, or Leominster? Come In Today!
At Nashoba Valley Dental, we serve Groton and the surrounding areas with expert cosmetic dentistry services. Dr. Matthew Annese has the experience and modern dental technology that you need for excellent results. Learn more from our past patients now!
If you’ve been thinking about restoring your smile, but aren’t sure if veneers are right for you, come in for an appointment today. We’d be happy to see you, and Dr. Annese can discuss all of your options for cosmetic and restorative treatment.
Contact us now at (978) 425-9088, or drop by our office at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464 to get started.