Porcelain Veneers – East Longmeadow, MA
Rejuvenating Full Smiles & Boosting Self-Confidence
Even small dental flaws can negatively impact your self-confidence and daily quality of life. Thankfully, Dr. Scannell and Dr. Hollinger can rejuvenate your entire smile with porcelain veneers, the cosmetic treatment that delivers dramatic results! From concealing cracked teeth to filling in dental gaps, porcelain veneers can deliver the flawless smile of your dreams. If you want to have the confidence to show off your smile in any social situation, call Scannell & Hollinger today to schedule an initial consultation.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A veneer is a thin, tooth-colored sheath that is attached to the front of teeth to conceal all kinds of dental imperfections, such as:
- Minor chips and cracks
- Small gaps between teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Undersized or irregularly shaped teeth
Modern veneers are crafted out of porcelain, a durable and stain-resistant material that blends in seamlessly with natural teeth.
What is the Veneer Treatment Process?
Porcelain veneer treatment can usually be completed in just two trips to our office in East Longmeadow. Here is what you can expect during each step of the process:
- Veneer Preparation: We will first remove an ultra-thin layer of enamel to ensure your veneers will fit comfortably in your mouth. Next, we will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental lab, where your veneers will be carefully crafted. You may be provided with temporary veneers to protect your teeth while your permanent ones are being made.
- Veneer Placement: After a few short weeks, we will welcome you back to our office for the placement procedure. This involves removing your temporary veneers, polishing your teeth and then securing your permanent veneers in place using bonding cement and a special curing light. Once the veneers are attached, you can leave our office and immediately continue on with the rest of your day!
It really is that easy! With just two visits to Scannell & Hollinger, you can totally transform your teeth into the beautiful smile of your dreams with porcelain veneers.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Why choose porcelain veneers? This popular cosmetic treatment offers a wide range of benefits, including:
- Brighter Smile – Porcelain is a stain-resistant material, meaning your smile will remain brighter for many years to come.
- Natural Appearance – Veneers are color-matched to your natural teeth, meaning they blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.
- Immediate Results – Veneers require practically zero recovery time. Once your permanent veneers have been bonded in place, you can return to daily routine right away!
- Long-Lasting Solution – With proper care, porcelain veneers can easily last 10 to 15 years.
How to Maintain Your Veneers
You can help ensure your veneers remain a part of your smile for many years to come by practicing these oral hygiene habits:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Although veneers cannot get cavities, plaque and tartar can still build up on them and reach nearby natural teeth.
- Do not chew on pen tips, fingernails or other hard objects.
- Do not try to open packages with your teeth – grab the scissors instead.
- Wear a protective mouthguard when playing contact sports.
- Visit Scannell & Hollinger twice a year for a routine checkup so we can examine your veneers along with the rest of your smile.
If you’re looking for a way to hide the flaws in your smile, there are plenty of ways that cosmetic dentistry can help. However, no service is quite as versatile as porcelain veneers. With their ability to fit nicely over the front surface of a tooth, they can make virtually all of its imperfections disappear at the same time. That said, we understand if you have some hesitations before deciding on this procedure. For your convenience, we’ve included the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding veneers below.
How Are Veneers Different from Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns (also known as “caps”) are similar to veneers in that they are usually made of porcelain, and they are designed to improve a cosmetically imperfect tooth by covering up part of it. The main difference is that a crown fits over the entire portion of a tooth that you can see above the gums, while a veneer only covers a tooth’s front-facing surface. This means that less enamel is removed to make room for a veneer than a crown, making it a more conservative procedure. However, crowns generally provide more health benefits than veneers. During your consultation, we can go over whether veneers or crowns would better suit your individual smile needs.
Will Veneers Affect My Natural Teeth?
Before our dentists can place veneers, a very thin layer of enamel must be shaved off. This sliver is only about as thin as a contact lens, but it’s worth mentioning that enamel does not grow back once it has been removed. Therefore, veneers are an irreversible procedure.
However, if you take the right precautions and maintain good oral hygiene, your veneers should easily be able to last for 10 to 15 years or more before they’ll need to be replaced.
Does It Hurt to Get Veneers?
Removing part of your natural tooth structure may sound like a painful procedure, but rest assured that we’ll use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth beforehand. During both the preparation and placement phases of getting your veneers, you shouldn’t feel discomfort.
That said, the more veneers you received, the more likely it is that you’ll experience some minor soreness in your teeth, gums, or jaw. This discomfort will only be temporary and can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen.
Is There Anything I Shouldn’t Eat with Veneers?
If you have mildly crooked or gapped teeth, veneers are a great way to straighten them without limiting your diet in the way that braces do. For the most part, you should be able to eat all of your favorite foods with veneers. The only thing to keep in mind is that chewing on certain crunchy foods or inedible object (pens, ice, fingernails, etc.) can increase the risk of chipping or breaking your veneers, as well as your natural teeth.