Dental Veneers in Amherst
Having a healthy, beautiful smile matters for a number of reasons.
Smiling is good for your social and emotional health. If you have a smile you are proud of, you are more likely to want to show it! Cracked, chipped, discolored, or uneven teeth can make you less willing to engage in conversation, go out to eat with friends, or participate in social situations. A smile in poor condition can damage your self-esteem and even contribute to depression or anxiety.
The good news is that you never have to live with a smile you are unhappy with. With so many wonderful dental treatment options available today, you can always have a smile that you want to share with the world. If you are looking for a way to restore a less-than-stellar smile, veneers may be the answer.
We offer high-quality dental veneers in Amherst, NH. Our dentist, Dr. Kenneth Edwards, can use veneers to correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues and give you the red-carpet smile you’ve always dreamed of.
We are excited that you have chosen to learn more about veneers in Amherst, NH! Keep reading to discover why veneers are such a great treatment option for so many of our dental patients:
- What are veneers?
- Which type of veneer is right for me?
- How do I get dental veneers?
- Are veneers permanent?
What are veneers?
Veneers are a thin, tooth-like shell made of tooth-colored porcelain or resin. These wafer-thin shells are bonded to your natural teeth to create a more uniform and beautiful smile.
You may have seen veneers many times in real life without even realizing it. Many people who are unhappy with the look of their smiles choose to get veneers placed on their teeth. Veneers have a subtle appearance and are difficult to spot if you do not already know they are there. Their natural look makes them a popular treatment option.
If you want to improve the look of your smile, we can use veneers to help. Whether you have cracked or chipped teeth, discoloration from prior dental work or tetracycline medication, gaps between your teeth, uneven or worn teeth, or other issues that are making your smile look less than perfect, veneers in Amherst, NH can spruce up your smile.
When you are ready to take the next step, contact our dental office at (603) 673-0782.
Which type of veneer is right for me?
There are two main types of dental veneers: veneers made from composite resin and veneers made from porcelain. There are pros and cons to both resin and porcelain veneers, and the type that is right for you will depend on a number of factors.
If you have chosen to get veneers in the Amherst, NH area, you need to decide what is most important to you. Some of our dental patients are most concerned with the cost of their veneers, while others care more about the lifespan and durability of the materials used.
Generally speaking, composite resin veneers are less expensive than porcelain veneers. Resin veneers are also thinner, which means less of your natural tooth structure has to be removed in order to place the veneers. Placement of a resin veneer may be considered “semi-reversible,” because the resin can usually be replaced or removed if needed.
The lifespan of a resin dental veneer is approximately five years. Resin veneers are a popular treatment option for patients looking for a smile makeover on a smaller budget.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are considered more stain-resistant, and they reflect light in a way that better mimics natural teeth. Porcelain veneers are made from a thicker material, which means the tooth needs to be reshaped more thoroughly to make room for the veneer. This makes porcelain veneers the more durable choice, but it also means the process is not reversible.
Porcelain veneers typically last 10 to 15 years. Because they are a more durable product, they are usually more expensive.
Dr. Edwards can advise you on the material that is best for your individual needs. If you are interested in either type of veneer, our Amherst, NH dental office can consult with you and help you design your dream smile!
How do I get dental veneers?
We can place dental veneers on just one tooth or several. We can even place veneers all of your teeth if you wish. The veneer treatment process usually takes three visits:
1. Consultation and treatment plan: Dr. Edwards will examine your teeth and discuss the results you want to determine if you are a candidate for veneers and if it is the correct treatment for your desired outcome. If you have questions or concerns, this is the best time to bring them up.
2. Tooth preparation: During your second visit, we will prepare your natural teeth for the veneers. A thin layer of tooth enamel must be removed to make room for the material of the veneers. This ensures a seamless fit and prevents your veneers from looking bulky or fake. We will also take an impression of your mouth so that the veneers can be customized to fit your teeth perfectly.
3. Final adjustments and placement: At your final visit, we will check the fit of the veneers and make any adjustments necessary. Once the fit is perfected, the teeth will be cleaned and lightly etched. This helps the veneer adhere to the tooth. The veneers are bonded with a special cement and cured with UV light to create a strong, long-lasting bond.
Do you have further questions about the process we use to place dental veneers in Amherst? You can always contact our caring front office staff at any time during our business hours at (603) 673-0782!
Are veneers permanent?
Generally speaking, yes, dental veneers are permanent. No matter which type of dental veneer you choose, we will always have to shave off at least a small portion of your enamel in order to properly affix the veneer.
After you get veneers one time, you will need to keep up on any maintenance that might be required. As with all dental restorations, veneers can eventually wear down and need replacing. With proper home care and regular examinations and cleanings, however, you can ensure your veneers will last five to ten years or longer.
You can increase the lifespan of your veneers by avoiding hard foods such as ice or jawbreakers, which can cause veneers to crack or pop loose. You should also avoid biting down directly with your front teeth to protect the veneers that are most visible and most prone to damage.
Begin Your Smile Makeover Journey with Dr. Edwards
Hollywood has been using veneers to create movie star-quality smiles for years, but this red carpet look is no longer limited to the rich and famous.
Veneers have recently been growing in popularity with dental patients from all backgrounds in many different parts of the world. With our veneers in Amherst, NH, now you too can have the bright, beautiful smile you've always dreamed of!
Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Edwards and find out more about how veneers can improve your smile. We look forward to meeting you!