A Fast & Effective Cosmetic Solution For A Better Smile
We all deserve a pearly white smile we can be proud of. Sometimes those smiles can be achieved through simple at-home dental hygiene, or with a teeth whitening session from your dentist.
The problem is, a number of factors conspire to make it harder to keep your smile white as you get older and sometimes you may be unable to afford whitening treatment. Fortunately, at Beyond Just Smiles, Dr. Bobbitt offers porcelain veneers as a quick, affordable method of cosmetic dentistry that enhances your smile and even helps protect your teeth.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, porcelain shells placed over and bonded to the surface of your teeth to enhance their color, shape, or length. They’re designed to seamlessly blend in with your smile for a natural-looking appearance. In as little as two treatment visits to our Nashua office, our dentist, Dr. Bobbitt can provide this revolutionary cosmetic dentistry service, and help you achieve your smile goals.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers have many benefits which is why Dr. Bobbitt highly recommends them. Our porcelain veneers are:
- Stain resistant
In addition to improving the aesthetics of your smile, veneers offer an added layer of protection against sensitivity and strengthen the teeth they’re bonded to. Veneers can also be used to correct a number of dental problems including:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Discolored, stained, or yellowed teeth
- Worn-down teeth
- Misaligned, uneven teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are too small or large
The Porcelain Veneers Process
Placing your porcelain veneers involves a simple non-invasive procedure and can be completed in a mere two visits to our Nashua, NH office. Here’s what you can expect:
During your initial consultation, we’ll thoroughly examine your mouth to determine your level of oral health, review your medical history, and discuss your smile goals with you. This information will allow us to determine if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. If veneers are right for you, Dr. Bobbitt can begin the process as soon as you’re ready.
Preparing Your Teeth
To prepare your teeth for your veneers, Dr. Bobbitt will remove a thin layer of enamel, ~0.5mm or 2/100s of an inch. He’ll also take high quality images of your teeth that will serve as references for your custom made veneers, ensuring they blend in with your natural smile. You’ll wear a temporary, acrylic veneer for the next two weeks and return once your custom veneers are finished.
Applying And Enjoying Your New Smile
At your final appointment, Dr. Bobbitt will remove the temporary acrylic veneers. Then, he’ll fit your custom-made porcelain veneers onto your prepared teeth and secure them with special bonding adhesives. You’ll leave our Nashua office with a brilliant new smile that you’ll be proud to show off for years to come!
Frequently Asked Questions
The enamel removed in preparation for your veneers will be close to a mere ~2/100’s of an inch and shouldn’t hurt at all. For patients who are especially sensitive, we can administer a local anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure takes place.
Porcelain veneers typically last between ten to twenty years. However, they can last upwards of thirty years, depending on your level of oral health, your oral hygiene routine, and your diligence when it comes to attending your bi-annual dental exams.
Veneers provide added protection against hot and cold and even help strengthen the tooth they’re bonded to. However, food particles can accumulate on the back of the tooth where the veneer is not applied, as well as on the gum line above the veneer, and even behind the surface of the veneer if proper dental hygiene is not practiced.
To keep your veneers and your teeth in good condition, you’ll need to practice a regular oral hygiene regimen of brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals. You should also attend dental exams at Beyond Just Smiles at least twice a year to ensure your veneers and your teeth remain in good condition.
While veneers are generally strong, they can break due to contact with hard foods, or other forms of dental trauma. If one of your veneers breaks, don’t try to reapply it yourself.
Place the pieces of the broken veneer in a small, plastic baggy, schedule an appointment with Dr. Bobbitt as soon as possible, and bring the pieces with you on your appointment date. In some cases, porcelain veneers can be fixed, and if not they’re often easy to replace.