You can have the smile you’ve always dreamed of with porcelain veneers! Dr. Robert Gauthier uses porcelain veneers to enhance his patient’s smiles in Northborough, MA. Porcelain veneers are a thin shell of tooth-like material, applied to the front surface of the tooth to create a natural-looking smile.
Veneers can be used to treat a single tooth, or used as part of a total smile makeover. The thin shell is adhered 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 can 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 and they are made in an off-site dental lab.
The Porcelain Veneer Procedure
To achieve a natural look, Dr. Gauthier conducts a thorough evaluation, taking into consideration your facial features, and prepares a personalized plan that addresses your dental health needs and cosmetic desires. Utilizing dental imaging, Dr. Gauthier gives you the opportunity to “see” your smile before the procedure is performed.
Then, to prepare your teeth for the veneers, a thin layer of tooth enamel is removed 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. The veneers are color matched to adjacent teeth and shaped to look like a natural tooth.
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 applied directly to the tooth and shaped to blend naturally with your smile. Bonding can be reversed and replaced 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. When you practice excellent oral hygiene, daily brushing, and flossing, your dental restorations can last a lifetime. Even though porcelain veneers are extremely strong and chip-resistant, they can be damaged like natural teeth.
Receive Porcelain Veneers Today
If you are interested in getting porcelain veneers in the Shrewsbury, MA, Northborough, MA, and Westborough, MA area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert J. Gauthier Jr. Dr. Gauthier offers many cosmetic dentistry treatments in the Westborough, MA, Northborough, MA, and Shrewsbury, MA area. Please call (508) 506-1691 or schedule an appointment online to learn more.