Veneers

Russell B. Fox, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentists located in Middleboro, MA

Your teeth might accumulate stains, cracks, and other damage over time, but they don’t always require complex procedures to fix. Fox Dental in Middleboro, Massachusetts, offers durable veneers to attach to the front of your teeth to enhance their appearance. To find out if veneers are the appropriate fix for your tooth damage, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Veneers Q & A

What are veneers?

Veneers are thin covers that attach to the front surface of your teeth. They’re custom made to match the color of your other, natural teeth and usually match or nearly match your teeth’s opacity. 

There are two main types of veneers:

Porcelain

Porcelain veneers are strong, durable, and look almost exactly like natural teeth. Additionally, they’re difficult to stain.

Composite resin

A material that’s often used for dental appliances, composite resin takes on a similar appearance to your natural teeth and is easy to fix or replace.

What is the process of getting veneers?

Your veneer placement process depends on which material you get. In both processes, your dentist must remove some enamel from the front and sides of the tooth before making an impression of its shape. 

Then, they create your custom veneers while you wear temporary veneers for a short time. When the veneers are complete, your dentist tests their fit over your tooth. 

If they fit nicely, your dentist bonds them to your tooth and hardens the bonding material with a special light. Finally, they polish and smooth the veneers.

How can veneers improve my smile’s appearance?

Veneers can adjust the appearance of individual teeth or your entire smile. The Fox Dental team frequently uses them to cover or correct:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Misalignment
  • Wide gaps
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Short teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Dullness

It’s important to keep in mind that while veneers improve your teeth’s appearance, they don’t necessarily add to their strength or durability. If you have veneers, you must try to avoid chewing your fingernails, ice, and other solid objects to avoid breaking them.

What should I do if I break a veneer?

In some cases, broken veneers are unavoidable. It’s possible to bite into something solid without knowing or to mistakenly forget that you have a veneer and bite down a bit harder than you should have. 

If you break a veneer or if one comes loose, don’t panic. Simply call Fox Dental for the next available appointment to get a new veneer or reattach your current veneer, if it’s still intact. With proper care, your veneers can last and stay on your teeth for many years.

If you’re unsatisfied with the way your teeth look, call Fox Dental or book a consultation online for veneers today.