An attractive, healthy smile can be tarnished by minor cosmetic flaws such as chips and stains. Because these flaws are simple in nature, more comprehensive treatment options such as dental crowns are often ill-suited to correct such issues. And while procedures such as dental bonding or teeth whitening may be able to correct a flaw on a single tooth or whiten a person’s smile, issues such as gaps between teeth, minor malocclusion, and multiple chips or cracks across multiple teeth will likely not be able to be treated with such measures. To address and correct such complications, we offer porcelain veneers at our dental office in Boston, Massachusetts. These dental restorations can completely revitalize a person’s smile and are durable enough to last many years. If you feel self-conscious about your smile and are seeking a long-term solution, veneers may be for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. James M. Stein, we invite you to contact our dental practice today.
Porcelain Veneers – A Summary
Porcelain veneers are dental restorations that are secured to the surfaces of the front teeth to mask chips, cracks, stains, discoloration, minor misalignment, and gaps between teeth. These wafer-thin shells are made from porcelain, which like tooth enamel is slightly translucent, meaning that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting it. As a result, porcelain veneers are completely natural looking; they blend in seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and provide an ideal alternative to traditional metal restorations. If you are seeking an attractive dental solution to cosmetic flaws, porcelain veneers provide beautiful results that can have a transformative impact on your life.
The Placement Process
The process for placing porcelain veneers is minimally invasive and through the use of the latest in dental technology, including digital imaging and computer aided design and manufacturing, typically requires just one appointment at our office. To provide space for the veneers and ensure that the surface is properly prepared for the bonding element, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the teeth being treated. For the comfort of the patient, a local anesthetic can be used to minimize or eliminate any discomfort that may result from this step in the treatment process. Once the outer layer of enamel has been removed, an impression will be made of the teeth with the Cadent iTero® digital impressions system. This provides us with exact specifications of the teeth, allowing us to customize the veneers to meet the patient’s needs. Once the impression has been taken, the digital files are input into our E4D Single Visit CAD CAM Restoration system. Utilizing computer aided design software, this system fabricates restorations from a block of ceramic. By fabricating our porcelain veneers in-house at our Boston dental practice, and not relying upon an off-site laboratory, we can help ensure that the restorations meet our patients’ specific needs and expedite the treatment process by eliminating superfluous dental appointments.
Once the permanent porcelain veneers have been fabricated (the fabrication process can be completed in less than an hour), they will be placed on the teeth. The surface of the tooth will be roughened slightly so that the dental cement can bond more securely to the tooth. Once in place, Dr. James M. Stein will adjust the porcelain veneers as necessary so that they sit flush with surrounding teeth and are aligned properly. Once the ideal position has been secured, excess bonding cement is removed from the edges of the veneers, and the restorations are polished. The process is then complete, and the smile is restored. With proper care, porcelain veneers can last many years.
Risks and Benefits
The benefits of porcelain veneers are many: they mask cosmetic flaws, are durable, allow for full functionality, provide long-term results, and can transform a person’s self-confidence and personal life. We happily offer porcelain veneers at our Boston dental practice because we have had the pleasure of witnessing first-hand the impact they can have on a person’s disposition. If you want to improve your smile, porcelain veneers are a tremendous option.
Veneers are not for everyone, however. More severe dental complications cannot be corrected with porcelain veneers, and the placement process is irreversible. Because a small amount of tooth enamel needs to be removed before the veneers can be placed, they cannot be removed without risking the health and structural integrity of the teeth that have been treated. This is something to consider, and to discuss with Dr. Stein, if you are weighing the risks and benefits of porcelain veneers.
Are Veneers Right for You? Contact Dr. Stein Today
We offer a wide array of cosmetic dentistry treatments at our dental practice to meet our patients’ needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Boston dental office if you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers. We would be happy to arrange a consultation between you and Dr. Stein.