Veneers – Burlington, MA

Discover Your Smile’s
True Potential

Woman's smile after porcelain veneers

Do you cringe when you see photos of yourself and notice your teeth? If your smile is marred by discoloration, cracks, chips, or minor misalignment, visit Dr. Kostas for a cosmetic consultation. After he examines your mouth and talks to you about your smile goals, he may recommend that you receive porcelain veneers in Burlington, MA. This remarkable treatment can totally transform your teeth in as little as two appointments in our dental office!

Why Choose Complete Dental Care for Porcelain Veneers?

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  • Three Decades of Comprehensive Quality Dentistry
  • Caring, Compassionate, Qualified Dentist and Team

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers prior to placement

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin pieces of dental porcelain that are custom crafted to fit over your teeth. They can thus reshape broken teeth, creating a more symmetrical smile. They can also disguise small gaps between the teeth and make even the most severe discoloration disappear. Some patients receive just one veneers to makeover a particularly unattractive tooth, while others opt for a whole set of veneers to achieve truly dramatic and stunning results.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers?

Woman's smile compared to porcelain veneer shade chart

Some of the most outstanding benefits of porcelain veneers include:

  • Natural appearance. Dental porcelain closely resembles the look and feel of natural teeth, and Dr. Kostas, your dentist in Burlington, will design your veneers in a way that complements your natural bite and facial structure. You won’t have to worry that your new smile will seem fake or overdone.
  • Stain resistance. Porcelain is nonporous, which means that it doesn’t discolor as easily as natural tooth enamel.
  • Veneers may last for 10 – 15 years or longer before they need to be replaced.
  • Easy care. Maintaining veneers is easy and is unlikely to require you to make any big changes to your daily routine.

What Is the Process for Placing Porcelain Veneers?

Animated smile during porcelain veneer placement

First, Dr. Kostas will make sure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to undergo cosmetic treatment. Then, Dr. Kostas will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers by removing a sliver of enamel from them. This step is to ensure that your new smile doesn’t look bulky. He’ll then take detailed impressions of your teeth, which a laboratory will use to create your permanent veneers.

You’ll wear a temporary veneer while your permanent ones are being created. Once they’re ready, you’ll return to our dental office. Dr. Kostas will verify that the veneers are a perfect fit for your smile before he attaches them to your teeth.

Understanding the Cost of Veneers

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Veneers can be on the pricier side of cosmetic dentistry, but all you have to do is look at cheap veneers to see why well-made ones cost what they do. The price you pay for your cosmetic dental work connects directly to the difference that they’re going to make in how you look.

That said, we also want to make cosmetic care as affordable as possible for everyone without compromising in quality. If you want to know more about how to make your dream smile fit your budget, here are some of the cosmetics that you should consider.

Veneers vs Other Kinds of Cosmetic Dentistry

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First of all, it’s worth pointing out that if you’re concerned about cost, veneers aren’t the only cosmetic dental treatment that there is. While they’re capable of dealing with the most issues of any of them, there are other treatments available to you at lower price points.

Direct bonding, for example, is excellent at patching up a variety of smaller issues quickly and inexpensively. While effective, this will generally have to be redone every few years. Teeth whitening is also a relatively inexpensive way to make a difference in your smile, though it’s obviously only suited to a single purpose.

There are also dental crowns, which can be made of a realistic material for the purposes of cosmetic treatment. They have the benefit of occasionally being covered by insurance, but require you to remove a lot of healthy enamel to be placed. Then there are veneers, which can repair discoloration, misalignment, and just about any other kind of cosmetic issue you could have.

How to Make Veneers Affordable

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While it’s unlikely that your insurance will be much help in bringing the cost of veneers down, we have other options to help to be able to make your dental care a little bit more affordable.

For one, we have an in-house membership plan where, for a flat annual fee, you can enjoy the benefits of free dental cleanings, exams, x-rays, and 15% off of all other dental procedures (including veneers).

We also offer financing through CareCredit, a healthcare credit card that can allow you to break the cost of dental care into low-to-no interest monthly payments. If you’re concerned about the prospect of paying for your veneers all at once out of pocket, financing may make the costs a bit more reasonable for you.

Porcelain Veneers Frequently Asked Questions

Dentist and patient talking about porcelain veneer frequently asked questions and using porcelain veneer color chart

When it comes to transforming imperfect teeth, there’s no better way to kill two birds with one stone than veneers in Burlington. However, our team still wants you to feel fully confident in your decision to give your smile a makeover. Dr. Kostas will gladly address all of your concerns during a consultation, but until then, feel free to include this list of the answers to some of the questions about veneers that our team members are asked the most often.

Are Porcelain Veneers Permanent?

If you’re considering veneers, it’s important to understand that the treatment process is irreversible. We have to remove a sliver of enamel from the teeth that will receive the veneers. Enamel cannot grow back after it has been lost, which means that those teeth will always need some sort of restoration for protection. Fortunately, you can expect your veneers to last for quite some time! On average, veneers last for about 15 years before they have to be replaced.

What Happens to the Teeth Under Porcelain Veneers?

The veneers themselves won’t actually damage your teeth in any way. Only a very small amount of enamel is removed, and the material that bonds your veneer to your tooth is 100% safe. Since the veneer completely covers the enamel, the treatment neither increases nor decreases the risk of cavities. That said, tooth decay is one of the most common reasons why veneers might fail, as it can leave the underlying tooth unable to support the veneer. To keep your teeth strong, you’ll need to take measures you should already be doing, such as brushing twice daily, flossing at least a once, attending routine dental checkups, and limiting sugary foods.

How Many Porcelain Veneers Will I Need?

Because each veneer is personalized to cover the surface of one tooth, the exact number you’ll need depends on how many teeth you want to fix. Some patients only get one veneer to correct a single flawed tooth, but we typically suggest getting an even number of veneers – like the front two, four, six, or eight teeth that are visible when you smile – for a more symmetrical appearance. As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Burlington, you can trust Dr. Kostas to recommend the ideal number of veneers you need to achieve an effortlessly confident smile.

Do Porcelain Veneers Feel Like Real Teeth?

Veneers are made from dental porcelain, a material that is not only lifelike and durable, but also smooth enough to not irritate any of the soft tissues in your mouth, such as your gums. Your veneers will also look natural in the line of your smile thanks to the tiny amount of enamel we removed. While some patients experience minor sensitivity for a couple of days after receiving their veneers, most people are happy to report that their veneers feel perfectly natural within their mouth.