If you want a dramatic improvement in your smile’s appearance with a minimal turnaround time, consider dental veneers as a treatment option. These versatile devices can be customized to blend in with a patient’s biological teeth or to improve on the natural teeth per the patient’s wishes.
Dental veneers are thin tooth-shaped shells, often made of porcelain, that are bonded on the tooth’s surface. The veneer can be tailored to conceal any number of flaws in the smile, such as chips, cracks or stains.
A dentist may also use veneers to close a diastema, or gap between the teeth. Similarly, veneers can create the illusion of proper alignment in a stretch of slightly crooked teeth.
Although veneers are highly customized to meet the patient’s individual needs, they can be in place within a matter of weeks. At an initial consultation, your dentist will collect all of the information needed to inform the design of these devices. This data collection process begins with a visual examination of the teeth and usually involves dental impressions.
Depending on the thickness of the veneers, the dentist may also need to prepare the teeth for veneer placement by removing a thin layer of enamel from the tooth. If this step is necessary, the patient may be able to be fitted with temporary veneers until the permanent ones are ready for placement.
The information collected at the consultation is forwarded to the dental technicians who are tasked with crafting the veneers. It usually takes no more than a few weeks for the veneers to be ready. Once crafted, the patient returns to the dental office to have them bonded to the teeth. Any further desired adjustments to the shade or shape of the veneers can be made prior to placement.
Dental veneers are a versatile solution to address a variety of aesthetic flaws in the smile, and they are designed specifically for your unique case. To learn more about this custom cosmetic dentistry solution, contact the office of Drs. Coakley & Trainor at 781-935-8810 to schedule your professional consultation today.