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By John M Burns DDS
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

No two smiles are alike, nor should they be. Your smile expresses your unique personality. However, if stains, gaps, cracks or other flaws mar that smile, you feel self-conscious. Improve your smile with porcelain veneers from Dr. John Burns in Hingham, MA. He recreates smile aesthetics with these thin, tooth-shaped laminates, producing amazing results.

What are porcelain veneers?

Bonded to the front of chipped, cracked, discolored or poorly spaced teeth, veneers change healthy, but flawed smiles, into smiles patients love to show off. Created according to digital X-rays, oral impressions, photos, and specific instructions from your Hingham, MA, dentist, porcelain veneers permanently strengthen and beautify teeth.

These shells of dental-grade ceramic bond directed to the front sides of teeth-typically front teeth which show when you speak, smile or laugh. Mild enamel resurfacing creates a solid and permanent bond, along with a strong, tooth-colored adhesive. Maintained with diligent at-home oral hygiene and in-office care, veneers last a decade or more, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Are they right for your smile?

Cosmetic dentistry involves several important elements:

  1. True artistry and skill on the part of your dentist and dental lab
  2. Good communication regarding smile goals (what the patient wants and what is actually achievable)
  3. The foundation of a healthy smile (no gum disease, active decay or extensive restorative work)

Veneers in particular can be colored realistically to blend in with the rest of your smile. Also, they can be varied and shape and size to achieve a look appropriate for your age, gender and facial structure. Your dentist will guide you through the consultation, giving you options to ponder so you'll love your finished smile.

Keeping veneers in place

After final placement, you'll adjust to your new smile--how it looks, feels and bites--within a couple of weeks. Carefully avoid anything that could damage your veneers--teeth clenching and hard foods, as examples. Also, keep your veneer margins clean with twice daily brushing and daily flossing. At your routine check-ups, your hygienist will show you ways to care for your dental laminates.

Time for a change?

Who wouldn't want to improve their smile aesthetics? Why not call the office of Dr. John Burns and arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation? He can tell you all about porcelain veneers and the other state-of-the-art treatments he offers. Phone our Hingham, MA, office at (781) 749-6750.


For over three decades, veneers have helped mask dental imperfections like chipping, staining or gaps and improve the appearance of millions of teeth. As the name implies, this thin layer of porcelain covers a tooth's visible surface and accurately mimics the texture, color and translucence of natural teeth.

Veneers could be just the solution you need for a more attractive smile. But before you begin treatment, be sure you have these 3 essentials in place to ensure a successful outcome.

True expectations. While the transformation of a tooth's appearance with a veneer can be astounding, veneers in general do have their limitations. You need an adequate amount of the tooth's structure present for a veneer to properly adhere — if not, you may need to consider a porcelain crown instead. Likewise, gaps and other misalignments may be too great for a veneer to cover: in that case, you should consider orthodontics. A thorough examination beforehand will determine if veneers are the best option for you.

An artisan team. Every veneer is custom made to match an individual patient's tooth shape and color, handcrafted by a skilled dental technician. There's also an art to the dentist preparing the tooth beforehand and then properly positioning the veneer for bonding to achieve the most attractive result. Be sure, then, that your veneer "team" comes highly recommended by others.

The best materials. The first porcelains were powdered glass ceramics mixed with water to form a paste. Technicians shaped the paste in successive layers and as it oven-cured it took on the beautiful translucence of natural teeth. Unfortunately, this type of porcelain could be brittle and prone to shattering when subjected to heavy biting forces. In recent years, though, we've begun to use ceramics reinforced with other materials like Leucite for added strength. Today, the materials dentists use have much better durability.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”


What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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