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Beautiful Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic treatment that can help you love the appearance of your smile once again -- or for the very first time. This transformative treatment is completed over the course of just two visits to our office and can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. Interested? We thought you might be. Keep reading to learn more about how porcelain veneers in Medford can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

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Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells of dental porcelain that can be affixed directly to the front surface of imperfect teeth that show when you smile. These teeth in particular are known as the “social six” because they are the ones that show the most -- and they can also make or break your smile. Veneers are made out of 100% dental porcelain, a material that looks and feels just like the tooth enamel you were born with. This sturdy material can last for years and also creates a totally natural appearance.

What Can Porcelain Veneers Fix?

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Dental veneers can cover up just about any cosmetic imperfection affecting the teeth that show when you smile. Because they simply mask the original tooth, veneers are reserved for generally healthy but aesthetically flawed teeth.

Some of the issues that your cosmetic dentist in Medford can correct with veneers include:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth (especially pointy teeth)
  • Short or stubby teeth
  • Severely stained or discolored teeth
  • Teeth with an odd texture or surface (pitted and grooved)

What Is the Procedure for Veneers?

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Veneers are placed over the course of at least two visits to our office. During the first appointment we will prepare your teeth to receive the new restorations. This requires removing a slight portion of tooth enamel from the surface of each affected tooth. Then, impressions will be made of the prepared teeth. Temporary veneers cover up the teeth in the time between appointments, while the permanent veneers are created in a separate lab. Once the new veneers have been created and shipped back to us, you return to our office. The temporaries will be removed and the permanent ones are securely bonded on top.

How Do I Care for Veneers?

When cared for properly, your veneers can stay sturdy and beautiful for up to 20 years. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is crucial -- because while the veneers themselves cannot form cavities, the teeth beneath them still can. Gum disease can also cause gum recession that leads to a visible line between the veneers and the gum line.

If you play a contact sport or grind your teeth at night, wearing a customized mouth guard will protect your veneers from impact and injury. Visit your dentist as recommended for routine preventive care and a polish that will keep your veneers sparkling for years and years to come!

Let’s Discuss Veneers Today

Are you interested in transforming your smile with porcelain veneers? Your dentist in Medford can’t wait to help you love your grin. Go ahead and request an appointment to discuss this popular cosmetic treatment today!