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Looking for an affordable way to beautify your smile? The answer could be dental veneers, thin wafers of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to hide stains, chips or other deformities. Custom-made veneers can look so much like natural teeth in color and shape, it’s hard to tell they’re there.
To achieve this realism, though, it’s usually necessary to alter the tooth first. That’s because a veneer can look unnaturally bulky when bonded to an unprepared tooth. To compensate, we often remove a slight amount of surface enamel so that the veneer’s width won’t be unattractive.
This alteration doesn’t harm a tooth as long as it has a veneer or some other restoration to protect any exposed underlayer of dentin. And because the alteration is permanent, the tooth will need a veneer or other protective covering from then on.
In recent years, though, two new options called no-prep or minimal-prep veneers make it possible to avoid or at least decrease the amount of enamel reduction needed. This is possible thanks mainly to improvements in the strength composition of the dental material used in them.
As a result, these veneers are as thin as contact lenses and may only require slight enamel reshaping to smooth out the sides of the teeth for a better fit. And, unlike traditional veneers, you can have them removed and return to your original look without the need for another restoration.
Low prep veneers are best suited for patients with teeth that are small (or appear small), worn, narrow or only slightly stained or misshapen. Someone with oversized teeth, on the other hand, or that jut forward may still need extensive tooth preparation or even orthodontic work beforehand.
If you do meet the criteria, though, you may be able to benefit from low prep veneers. Because there’s no tooth preparation, you may not even need local anesthesia. And you can reverse the restoration if you desire without harm to your teeth.
To find out if you might benefit from these new kinds of veneers, see us for an initial dental examination to see if you qualify. It’s your first step toward a more beautiful and confident smile.
If you would like more information on no-prep or minimal-prep veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Some people are lucky and were just born with the kind of teeth that look ready-made for selfies and brilliant ear-to-ear grins. More often than not, though, the beautiful smiles you see on your favorite celebrities, friends, family, and co-workers are the result of good cosmetic dentistry. Even with the best care, teeth are vulnerable to everything from diet and daily lifestyle habits to the normal aging process and passage of time. Dental veneers are a great way to give your smile an additional boost, get rid of imperfections, and make enhancements or changes where nature fell a little short. The dentists at Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Framingham, MA, offer several options to correct cosmetic damage and improve your smile!
Cosmetic Dentistry in Framingham, MA
Veneers are made of a thin, translucent layer of porcelain that bonds to the surface of the teeth and can be reshaped to change the size, shape, and color of a damaged or unattractive tooth. They can also be used to close small to medium gaps and spaces (larger gaps caused by bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment instead).
Benefits of Dental Veneers
Veneers are an effective, durable, and minimally invasive option to transform and makeover your smile in just a few short trips to the dentist. With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care (the American Dental Association recommends going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and professional cleaning), veneers can last up to a decade or longer.
Veneers are a great option for fixing mild-to-moderate chips, cracks, stains, discolorations, gaps, and spaces, as well as to change the size and shape of your teeth for cosmetic improvement.
Find a Dentist in Framingham, MA
There are many procedures available to help you get the smile of your dreams and improve your oral health in the process. For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry by calling 508-872-1422 to schedule an appointment today with one of our dentists.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.