Dr. Kevin Boulard, founder and owner of Something to Smile About, uses porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of his patients’ smiles in Merrimack, NH and the surrounding areas. These thin shells of porcelain are bonded directly to the front of the patient’s teeth. Dr. Boulard can use veneers to make minor improvements to create a natural and beautiful smile. Veneers are custom made for each patient to match their natural teeth and can change the size, length, shape, and color of the teeth.
During a consultation, Dr. Boulard can answer many questions related to porcelain veneers that will influence your decision. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.
Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?
Dr. Boulard can determine if you’re a candidate by performing a dental exam to assess your current oral health at his Merrimack, NH office. Ideal candidates won’t have any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. They also won’t clench or grind their teeth, which can damage veneers over time.
What are some ways veneers improve a smile?
There are many ways that porcelain veneers can improve a smile. They can fix minor cosmetic issues, such as chips or cracks. While they cannot change a tooth’s position, they can change how they look. They also can instantly whiten the teeth. They are stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about future stains or discoloration either. Veneers can restore enamel in patients with enamel erosion or abrasion, which makes the teeth more durable.
How are veneers placed?
During your first visit to Dr. Boulard’s office, he will prepare your teeth by shaving off a bit of your existing enamel. This allows your veneers to adhere more successfully. Next, he creates a custom set of veneers that will address your concerns. Temporary veneers are placed in your mouth while the permanent ones are being made. At a second visit, the temporaries are removed and your permanent veneers are placed. Fit adjustments may be necessary to get the most comfortable results, and you may experience some mild tooth sensitivity for a few days after treatment.
Do veneers hurt?
Most of our patients do not report any pain or discomfort after getting veneers. This is because it is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require incisions. The only preparation needed is the removal of a thin portion of existing enamel for proper adhesion.
Are my veneers permanent?
With proper oral hygiene and care, you can have your porcelain veneers for 10-20 years.
Will my insurance company cover veneers?
Typically, insurance companies will not cover veneers since it is considered an elective procedure, and not deemed medically necessary. Our professional team at Something to Smile About can work with you to determine if your insurance coverage will cover any part of the costs of veneers.
How do I care for my veneers?
Caring for your veneers helps ensure they last a long time. To protect your restoration, you should maintain proper oral hygiene with brushing and flossing. You should be able to floss normally with your veneers and if you can’t, Dr. Boulard can help. A night guard is another great way to maintain your veneers as it protects your natural teeth and veneers. Regular dental exams and routine dental cleanings help to keep your oral health and veneers at their best.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about porcelain veneers
When you’re interested in learning about ways to improve the appearance of your smile, a consultation with Dr. Kevin Boulard, general and cosmetic dentist at Something to Smile About, can help you make an informed decision. He can answer any questions you have about porcelain veneers and determine if you’re a viable candidate for this cosmetic dentistry procedure. He can also create a custom treatment plan for any necessary procedures that need to occur prior to getting veneers. Dr. Boulard serves patients in Merrimack, NH and the surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment to discuss smile makeover procedures, call our dental office today.