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By Nashua Smile Makers
June 24, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  
ThisOneCosmeticMethodCouldImproveaMultipleofToothFlaws

You could have an unattractive smile because of a chipped tooth or one slightly out of alignment. Or, it could be both of the above, plus some heavy staining to boot. Correcting each flaw individually might require a combination of different methods like orthodontics or porcelain crowns, which can take an extended period of time to complete.

But you may be able to correct numerous smile flaws with just one method—and in no more than a couple of treatment visits. It's called direct veneers.

Unlike regular veneers, direct veneers don't require a dental technician to craft a thin porcelain shell to bond over teeth. Rather, a dentist applies a tooth-colored material called composite resin to the problem teeth and "sculpts" an entirely new look that can correct multiple dental flaws at one time.

The dentist usually begins the process by creating a model ("wax-up") of proposed changes based on physical impressions of the jaw and teeth. Both dentist and patient can study the model and modify it if necessary, when finalizing the treatment plan.

At a subsequent appointment, the dentist prepares the tooth surface for bonding by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel, then shapes the teeth to better accommodate the composite resin. This tooth prep is similar to that done with traditional veneers, so it's permanent—the teeth will require some form of restoration from then on.

After applying an etchant and a bonding agent, the dentist applies the composite resin in small amounts, hardening each layer with a special light before applying the next one. With each subsequent layer, the dentist sculps the composite material to eventually resemble the wax-up model.

After completing the composite application, the dentist then uses hand tools and a dental drill to complete shaping, as well as an abrasive strip between teeth to aid future flossing. After just a few hours, the transformation is complete.

Direct veneers are durable, but not to the same extent as regular veneers or other cosmetic enhancements. They can also pick up stains over time, and may require re-treatment at some point. Still, direct veneers are a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of teeth with multiple flaws that could radically change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on the direct veneer method, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Nashua Smile Makers
May 05, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Find out what dental veneers can do to perfect your smile.

Okay, so your teeth aren’t exactly perfect. Who’s are? Most people have some flaws in their smile, whether it’s a gap between their front teeth, slightly uneven teeth, or discolorations. Don’t worry!  These are issues that our Nashua, NH, dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta, see often. If you are looking to completely revamp your smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry, here’s what dental veneers can do for you.

Give Your Whole Smile a Makeover

Yes, there are a variety of ways in which our Nashua, NH, dental team can help craft the perfect smile, but dental veneers are truly the best cosmetic option if you are looking to drastically improve your smile as a whole. These thin shells are made from medical-grade porcelain that mimics the look of real tooth enamel.

The shells are bonded to the front of each tooth to improve the overall appearance of your smile while also hiding problem areas that make you self-conscious. Of course, while veneers can give you a completely new smile, this treatment can also be used on just a few teeth that stand out due to certain flaws.

Dental Veneers Can Hide Most Imperfections

Since veneers completely cover the front surface of your smile, this cosmetic restoration has the ability to conceal a lot of dental imperfections including:

  • Internal stains and deep discolorations
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding or slightly crooked teeth
  • Teeth that are pitted or have an uneven texture
  • Oddly shaped, malformed, or uneven teeth
  • Worn or short teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Getting Veneers is Simple

Most patients can get their brand-new smiles over the course of 2-3 visits. First, we will take impressions of your mouth and send them to a dental lab so they can craft your custom veneers. Next, we will shave off some tooth enamel from the front of the teeth that will be fitted with veneers.

The dental lab will craft your veneers within about four to six weeks, after which you will come into the office so that we can bond your veneers permanently in place. If you are looking for a minimally invasive way to revamp and improve your smile, then dental veneers may be right for you.

If you are ready to have a smile that you can feel confident in, then it’s time to talk with your Nashua, NH, dental team to find out if dental veneers are right for you. Call Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta today at (603) 882-3727 to schedule your cosmetic consultation.

By Nashua Smile Makers
August 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: veneers  

If you don't have a naturally beautiful smile, cosmetic dentistry can deliver one. At Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, experienced dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta, transform lives one smile at a time. One of their most asked-for services is porcelain veneers, thin laminates custom-made to disguise dental flaws. Maybe you should consider them for your smile.

A healthy, but marred smile

It's not unusual for a tooth to be functional and healthy but spoiled by defects such as:

  • Chips
  • Cracks
  • Stains
  • Poor shape and size
  • Pitting
  • Craze lines
  • Mild misalignments such as crowding and gaps

Thankfully, today's cosmetic dentistry services address those defects and deliver the smiles people just love. From professional whitening to dental implants to complete smile makeovers, aesthetic treatments build on the foundation of good oral health.

What porcelain veneers can do

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of translucent dental ceramic. They bond to the front of flawed teeth, adding a layer of resiliency as well.

As part of your smile consultation at Nashua Smile Makers, your dentist will discuss your aesthetic goals. Are you satisfied with the shape, size and color of the teeth which show when you smile or laugh? Are minor twists or overlapping teeth marring an otherwise attractive smile? Did you chip or crack a tooth in a fall? Think carefully about how you wish to improve your smile appearance, and be specific with Dr. Colletta or Dr. Guerriero. They may advise placement of porcelain veneers.

The process

It takes two or three visits to your dentist's office in Nashua, NH. The doctor takes oral impressions, photos and digital X-rays to assist the dental lab in custom-fabrication of your veneers. Also, your dentist removes a thin slice (about 1/2 millimeter) of enamel from the front side of each tooth which will receive a veneer, ensuring correct bite and fit.

Between appointments, you'll wear temporary laminates, and when you come back to Nashua Smile Makers, the dentist will bond on the new veneers. The adhesive is color-matched to the rest of your smile, and the bond is activated by a special curing light. Over the next several days, your mouth will adjust to the feel of your beautiful veneers.

Keeping that smile bright

Porcelain veneers are easy to care for. Simply:

  • Brush with a non-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth once a day.
  • See your dentist twice a year for a check-up and hygienic cleaning.
  • Keep away from nuts, taffy and other sticky/hard foods.
  • Wear a bite guard if you have the habit of clenching your teeth.

Contact us

At Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, Dr. Colletta and Dr. Guerriero deliver excellent cosmetic services and of course, protect smile longevity with the best in preventive and restorative care. For more information on porcelain veneers and other aesthetic treatments, call our office for a consultation: (603) 882-3727.

By Nashua Smile Makers
July 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Perfect is a relative term, especially when it comes to teeth. For some, the perfect smile may consist of whiter, brighter teeth, while dental-veneerssomeone else might long to change the shape of their teeth or close up some gaps and spaces. If you have mild to moderate cosmetic imperfections/damage or would like to make general aesthetic improvements to your smile, porcelain veneers may be a good option for you. Here at Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta offer a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services (including veneers) for the entire family—read on to learn more!

 

Issues Addressed by Veneers

Even healthy and well cared for teeth are vulnerable to cosmetic damage over time. If you drink coffee, tea, red wine, or eat certain foods like dark berries and tomato sauce, your teeth will gradually look less white over time, even if you brush and floss every day (pro tip: you should!)

In other situations, maybe you chipped a tooth and never got around to fixing it, or have a gap between one or more teeth that makes you feel self-conscious every time you smile. Maybe everything is generally fine, but you just wish your teeth were more even or a different shape.

For all of these cases, veneers may be the solution!

 

How Veneers Work

Veneers are custom designed to match tooth enamel for a natural and authentic looking result. Made of a razor-thin layer of translucent porcelain, the veneer is bonded onto the surface of the tooth and molded into the desired size and shape. in order to ensure a natural fit, your dentist will remove a thin layer of tooth enamel to fit the veneer.

Veneers are not appropriate in every situation, and if you have any oral health issues like gum disease or a cavity, the dentist will treat them first before applying your new restorations. Once in place, veneers are cared for just like your natural teeth and can last anywhere from five to ten years or longer in many cases.

 

Find a Dentist in Nashua, NH

For more information about veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our office by calling (603) 882-3727 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Guerriero or Dr. Colletta today.

By Nashua Smile Makers
October 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

While some cosmetic dental treatments make small changes to individual teeth, veneers completely change the appearance of the front teeth. They are requested by patients from all walks of life, from business professionals,  to celebrities, to everyday people who just want a change. Find out what veneers can do for your smile and what you should expect when you visit Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, for this cosmetic treatment.

What Veneers Are
Veneers are the most effective way for your dentist to beautify your smile when you want a major cosmetic change. A veneer is a porcelain wafer that is about as light as a contact lens and is about the size of a fingernail. They are translucent, yet sturdy, and can be contoured to a natural shape after they’re installed. At the initial appointment, a tiny amount of dental enamel must be removed from each front tooth. Each veneer is then custom designed using your dental impressions.

What Veneers Do
By hiding your smile imperfections, veneers can completely rejuvenate your smile. They resolve chipped teeth, intrinsic staining caused by medication, gaps, and teeth that are slightly turned out of their natural alignment. Veneers also give the front teeth strength and durability, protecting them from enamel erosion due to acidic substances. With good dental habits and regular visits to your Nashua, NH, dentist for professional cleanings, veneers can continue to make your smile look beautiful for decades.

Are You a Candidate for Veneers?
To be a good candidate for veneers, the inner parts of your teeth must be healthy and strong. Your dentist will check them using dental images to ensure that they’re free from dental or gum disease. It’s not advisable to put veneers on teeth that are loose or loosening since you are making a long-term investment in your smile. You must also be willing to commit to twice yearly dental visits (minimum) to maintain your veneers.

Consult a Cosmetic Dentist
You may need more help deciding if veneers are right for you. Call (603) 882-3727 today to schedule a time to talk to Dr. Salvatore Guerriero or Dr. Salvatore Colletta at Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH.