Dental veneers hide those little imperfections that make you feel self-conscious about your teeth. When you want to change the appearance your teeth, veneers can help reshape your smile. Your family dentists in Milton, MA, John Murphy, DMD and Patrick Murphy, DMD of Murphy Dental Group, PLLC, explain how veneers cover a multitude of problems.
What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that are placed over a tooth or teeth. Although veneers are thinner than a fingernail, they can drastically change the appearance of your teeth. Veneers are good choice if you have:
- Yellow or dull teeth, even after using whitening treatments
- Discolored teeth due to tetracycline stains, large fillings or root canal treatment
- Chips in your teeth
- Teeth that are too short, slightly crooked or oddly shaped
- Gaps between your teeth
Although veneers are appropriate for a variety of issues, in some cases, your dentist may recommend other types of treatment, such as orthodontia for very large gaps or very crooked teeth.
What is involved in the veneer process?
Before you can receive veneers, a small amount of enamel must be removed from your teeth. If the enamel isn't removed, your veneers won't fit comfortably. During this part of the process, your dentist may give you a local anesthetic to make you feel more comfortable, although some people don't need any pain relief. Your dentist will use a special type of putty to make impressions of your teeth, which will be sent to the dental laboratory that will custom-make the veneers to fit your teeth.
When the veneers are ready, your dentist will make any adjustments needed before using dental cement to permanently apply them to your teeth. They will use a special light to help the veneers adhere properly to your teeth. Once your veneers are in place, you'll be able to eat and drink normally.
Are veneers the perfect solution to your cosmetic dental issues? Call your Milton, MA, family dentists at Murphy Dental Group, PLLC at (617) 696-3900. Improve your smile with veneers!