Cosmetic Porcelain Veneers with Dr. Gauthier
You can have the smile you’ve always dreamed of by getting porcelain veneers in Northborough, MA! Dr. Robert Gauthier uses porcelain veneers to enhance his patient’s smiles at Apex Dental. Porcelain veneers are a thin shell of tooth-like material that we apply to the tooth’s front surface to create a natural-looking smile.
Veneers can treat a single tooth or can be part of a total smile makeover. The thin shell adheres to the prepared tooth to create a secure fit. Patients enjoy a beautiful, natural smile that will last for many years after getting porcelain veneers. As a permanent cosmetic dental restoration, porcelain veneers can be used to address a range of cosmetic oral health concerns.
Dental veneers treat teeth that are crooked, damaged, discolored, worn, or misshapen. They can also address gaps between teeth. Dr. Gauthier is one of the first dentists in the Northborough, MA area to use CEREC and CEREC InLab advanced dental technology. This will allow him to fabricate the porcelain veneers and place them in one visit. Typically, this process involves at least two visits to the office, made in an off-site dental lab.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
To achieve a natural look, Dr. Gauthier conducts a thorough evaluation, considering your facial features, and prepares a personalized plan that addresses your dental health needs and cosmetic desires. Utilizing dental imaging, Dr. Gauthier allows you to “see” your smile before the procedure is performed.
Then, to prepare your teeth for the veneers, we remove a thin layer of tooth enamel from the tooth during the first part of the process. This will create room in your mouth for the veneers and a better bonding surface to blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile. Dental images and impressions will be taken, and we will design the custom porcelain veneers. Veneers are custom-designed using state-of-the-art dental materials that mimic natural teeth. We color-match the veneers to adjacent teeth and shape them to look natural.
Using CAD/CAM and CEREC technology, Dr. Gauthier is able to plan, create, and fabricate the teeth veneers in one visit to our Northborough, MA office. The CEREC InLab gives Dr. Gauthier the ability to have the equivalent of a commercial dental laboratory right in his office. When they are ready, and you have approved the way they look, Dr. Gauthier will permanently secure the porcelain veneer to each tooth with a strong adhesive and check for color and comfortable fit.
Porcelain Veneers: Before & After
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Want to know more? Read answers to frequently asked questions about veneers below:
Are porcelain veneers a permanent cosmetic treatment?
Yes. Dental veneers are a permanent dental restoration that can last for many years with proper oral hygiene. If you are unable or not yet ready to commit to dental veneers, ask your Apex dentist about alternative cosmetic treatments.
What are the alternatives to porcelain veneers?
Dental veneers are permanent dental restoration. Patients unable or unwilling to commit to porcelain veneers may choose dental bonding. Dental bonding is a composite material that we apply directly to the tooth and shape it to blend naturally with your smile. You can reverse and replace bonding material with a dental veneer later on.
Can my porcelain veneers become discolored?
No. Porcelain veneers do not stain or become discolored like natural teeth. Porcelain is incredibly stain-resistant and will remain that way for some time. It is highly unlikely that your porcelain veneers will permanently stain. There is no process for whitening porcelain veneers.
How long can I expect my porcelain veneers to last?
On average, porcelain veneers can last for 15 years. Your dental restorations can last a lifetime when you practice excellent oral hygiene, daily brushing, and flossing. Even though porcelain veneers are extremely strong and chip-resistant, they aren’t invincible. Just like natural teeth, they can take on damage.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
Do porcelain veneers in the Shrewsbury, MA, Northborough, MA, and Westborough, MA area sound right for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert J. Gauthier Jr. Dr. Gauthier offers many cosmetic dentistry treatments. Please call (508) 506-1691 or schedule an appointment online to learn more.