Transforming Smiles with a Gentle Aesthetic Touch

Veneers

Veneers are thinly fitted laminates made of porcelain that are cemented to the front surface of the teeth. Veneers can have a profound transformation on a patient as far as smile and appearance go. The veneer is matched to the patient’s natural tooth color and can be made even whiter to enhance appearance. Veneers are usually done for the crooked front teeth that are fractured or chipped, if there is a gap in the front teeth, for dark or discolored teeth and in some cases to change the position of a tooth that is not ideal. Porcelain veneers are a safe and effective way to achieve a smile makeover that lasts for years.

The entire procedure is pretty simple and gets accomplished in two to three sittings. During the first visit, your dentist will discuss your expectations from the treatment in terms of shape, size and color of the teeth. Dental porcelain veneers require your dentist to take an accurate impression of your chipped, distorted or oddly shaped tooth to design a custom-made veneer, maintaining the finest quality. Veneers are fabricated in the laboratory and this can take up to two weeks. Once the permanent set of porcelain veneers is ready, the final stage of the procedure commences wherein the veneers are bonded to the tooth surface. Before the veneer is bonded, your dentist will examine the fit to ensure that your front veneers perfectly match your existing oral structure.

Dental porcelain veneers are termed as a permanent solution but they don’t last you a lifetime. With regular brushing , flossing and proper care, your veneers can last up to 10 years!

Crowns

A crown is used to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. A crown is usually placed when the tooth has lost a lot of its tooth structure due to an old filling, decay, fracture, badly discolored tooth or to protect a tooth that has had a root canal treatment. A crown is a good way to improve the appearance and strength of a tooth.  Crowns are usually made of porcelain or Zirconia (white metal) and are matched to the color of your natural teeth. With proper care, your crowns can last a really long time and this is why they are the most preferred cosmetic restoration.

For more information about crowns and veneers or to book a dentist appointment, call our Salem dental center at 978-607-0110.