5 Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Cosmetic, General & TMJ Dentist Serving Boston, Medford, Winchester, Cambridge, Somerville & Nearby Massachusetts

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Posted: August 9, 2019

Porcelain veneers can transform a smile with mild imperfections into a dazzling grin. The procedure involves placing a custom-made, natural-looking porcelain shell over the affected tooth.

Dr. Ryan Clancy is highly skilled at this cosmetic dentistry treatment that’s sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics.” With his aesthetic eye and ability to conceptualize your idea of the perfect smile, he consistently exceeds patients’ expectations. Whether used alone or as a part of a smile makeover, porcelain veneers have some unique features that make them a great option for many patients.

Long-Lasting

smiling woman with straight white teethPorcelain veneers have a long life span when they are cared for properly. With diligent care, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting our office twice a year for professional dental cleanings, you can set yourself up for a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Additionally, to preserve your grin, avoid potentially destructive behaviors like opening packages, eating sticky candies, or biting into hard foods with your veneers. While your veneers are well-secured to your teeth, they are made of porcelain, which is not impervious to chipping or other damage.

Minimal Effect on Enamel

Compared to dental crowns, porcelain veneers require very little enamel removal, typically 0.5 millimeters. Since a veneer is so thin and only covers the front side of a tooth rather than the whole tooth, less enamel is affected than with a crown.

In contrast, dental crowns require a minimum of 1.5 to 2 millimeters of enamel removal as this is the average thickness of a crown. Additionally, a crown covers more of the tooth than a veneer, requiring enamel removal on multiple surfaces of the tooth.

Can Change your Facial Appearance

Improving the appearance of your teeth and smile can dramatically affect your facial appearance. When your smile is revised with porcelain veneers, Dr. Clancy strives for results that can:

  • Make your face more symmetrical
  • Widen your smile
  • Brighten your smile
  • Give your teeth a straighter appearance

Customizable for Natural-Looking Results

One reason porcelain veneers look so natural is that they reflect light similarly to your natural teeth. Customization is another reason for successful treatment outcomes. With a good shade match and attention to shape, you can have a photo-ready smile without anyone knowing you had dental work.  

Dr. Clancy is meticulous about shaping your porcelain veneers for the best aesthetic outcome. Additionally, you and he will choose a custom shade to match the rest of your smile, ensuring your porcelain veneers blend in with your existing teeth.

At your porcelain veneers placement appointment, you and Dr. Clancy will assess how well the size and shape fit your smile. If you are dissatisfied or feel that a change is needed, we will have your porcelain veneers revised at the lab.

Stain-resistant

While dental bonding is prone to discoloration from staining, porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. Porcelain veneers are not porous like your natural enamel, so common stain culprits like coffee and red wine do not discolor your porcelain veneers. With consistent oral hygiene, you can keep your smile looking bright for years.

Contact Us for a Porcelain Veneer Consultation in Medford

At Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry, we treat patients with a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Clancy will make sure he understands your treatment goals and your dental history before recommending a particular treatment. Our goal is always to preserve and improve your oral health.

To find out if porcelain veneers are the solution for your smile, call our office at 781-396-8558 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clancy. We serve Boston, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, and Winchester.