Veneers – Medfield, MA
A Top Line Cosmetic Solution
Every year, about 599,000 patients looking to improve their smiles have porcelain veneers applied. A veneer is a very thin facing or covering that bonds to your enamel in order to hide the front of your tooth; you can think of it as a more conservative crown placed for cosmetic reasons. For anyone wishing to make several corrections at a time, porcelain veneers in Medfield can be the ultimate solution. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hirshfield to learn more about the improvements you can enjoy thanks to these restorations.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of high-quality dental porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. Essentially, they’re like a dental crown, except they only cover the fronts of your problem teeth. They’re also a much more conservative treatment than a crown, since they require less enamel removal. Each veneer is custom-made to blend in with the rest of your smile while also looking perfectly natural.
What Do Porcelain Veneers Fix?
- Severe Discoloration: There are some stains and forms of discoloration that a whitening procedure will have no effect on. Veneers help your teeth look white again.
- Chips and Cracks: You can apply veneers to several teeth in order to hide various spots that have been damaged.
- Misshapen Teeth: Is there an unsightly crater or bulge in your smile? Irregularly shaped teeth can be hidden underneath a veneer.
- Gaps and Misalignment: While they’re no substitute for orthodontics, veneers can be a quick solution for small spaces or slightly crooked teeth.
- Multiple Imperfections: There’s no need to have a separate procedure performed to correct each individual flaw when veneers can cover them all simultaneously.
Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?
If your cosmetic issues are particularly severe, you could benefit from the versatility of porcelain veneers. When you visit Dr. Hirshfield, let him know the precise nature of your desired changes. He’ll consider veneers alongside other cosmetic procedures and explain the pros and cons of each one to you so that you can decide for yourself.
You’ll need healthy teeth before you can receive veneers. That means they need to have plenty of enamel and free of cavities. It may be possible for us to place veneers after any existing tooth decay or gum disease has been treated.
The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
Your veneers will be created based on an impression of your mouth. That way we can ensure that they’ll fit perfectly and blend in well enough that other people won’t be able to tell that the tooth’s been altered. But before we can take an impression, we’ll need to reshape your tooth by removing a small amount of enamel in order to make room for a restoration.
Once the impressions are made, they’ll be sent to a lab. You’ll wear a temporary veneer for 2 to 4 weeks until the permanent version is ready. During your second appointment, we’ll make any necessary adjustments and cement your new veneers to your teeth.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
The great news about veneers is that they are one of the longest-lasting cosmetic procedures. If you take proper care of them, they can have a lifespan of 10 or even 20 years. Luckily, taking good care of them is pretty simple:
- Brush twice a day with an ultra-soft toothbrush and a toothpaste containing fluoride to prevent cavities.
- Floss at least once daily to remove harmful plaque from between your teeth.
- Wear a mouthguard during sports or other physical activity to avoid injury to your pearly whites.
- If you grind your teeth while sleeping, invest in a nightguard to prevent harmful contact during the night.
- See Dr. Hirshfield every six months for a checkup to make sure your veneers are still in pristine condition.