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By Sudbury Family Dental Care
December 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.

This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.

Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.

If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.

More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.

Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.

Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.

Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.

As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
February 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.

And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.

There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.

But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.

If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.

There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.

Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.

If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, 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 “Veneers for Teenagers.”

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
April 23, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

The benefits of veneers are numerous, but often their biggest use is how they can give you a brand new smile by addressing cosmetic veneersconcerns such as stains or discolorations. Another benefit is how they look completely natural—a feat possible thanks to their customization and how they are made from porcelain, a material that fantastically replicates the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care in Sudbury, MA, Dr. Maria Elizondo Marinescu, Dr. Sorin Marinescu, and their associates, use veneers to rejuvenate their patines' smiles—read on to learn more!


What are Veneers?

Veneers are wafer-thin covers bonded to the front surface of teeth with cosmetic imperfections. Different materials can be used to create veneers, but porcelain is a preferred choice because it looks so much like natural tooth enamel. Additionally, the shape, color, and size of porcelain veneers can be easily customized for a completely natural look and perfect fit. These restorations are permanently cemented to the teeth so that they remain securely in place at all times, even when eating. Once in place, your veneers will look just like your natural teeth!



Veneers from our Sudbury office can help correct or conceal a variety of cosmetic imperfections, including:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Uneven or rough surfaces on teeth
  • Teeth that are slightly misshaped
  • Small spaces or gaps between teeth


Functionality and Care

Veneers are extremely functional and can last a very long time with proper care. Since veneers are cemented directly to the teeth, you can bite into your favorite foods with little risk of the veneers coming loose of falling off. In addition to functioning like natural teeth, you can care for them the same way, as well. At-home care necessitates simple brushing and flossing, just as you have always done! Proper care of your veneers also includes maintaining regular visits to the dentist who can check that your veneers are holding up properly.


Interested? Give Us a Call!

Veneers offer several benefits and can help you achieve the smile you desire. To schedule an appointment with your dentists at Sudbury Family Dental Care, call the office today at (978) 443-5193.

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
December 06, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry beautifies a person's smile and boosts self-esteem. Your dentists in Sudbury, MA, provide their patients with the cosmetic dentistryprocedures they need to look their best and experience a new level of confidence—read below to learn more!

Veneers are wafer-thin pieces of porcelain or plastic, bonded on the surface of unsightly teeth. At our Sudbury office, we use veneers to adjust patients' teeth color or shape.

Some advantages include:

  • Concealing a variety of issues, including uneven teeth surfaces, chips, discolorations, and crooked tooth placement
  • They need little to no anesthesia during the procedure
  • They have a long life expectancy and great color stability
  • They are highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, and smoking

Teeth Whitening is achieved through two methods:

  • In-Office Whitening: Your dentist will cover your gums and tooth-root surface with a plastic retractor to keep your lips and cheeks away from the surface of your teeth. The dentist then applies extra strength hydrogen-peroxide and leaves it on your teeth for an hour.
  • Take-Home Whitening: This method is sometimes more convenient, but won't necessarily give you the same results. Your doctor will give you custom-made plastic mouth trays (one for the top jaw and the other for the bottom jaw) and gel to apply on your teeth. You will then need to leave the trays in your mouth for about an hour. A single application generally won't produce the optimal results, so you will need to repeat the process until you are satisfied with your smile.

Tooth-colored Fillings also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles. These fillings are used to fix chips, cracks, dental discoloration, irregularly-shaped teeth, fractures, and decays.

If you have any questions, or concerns, about cosmetic dentistry, then contact our Sudbury, MA, office at (978) 443-5193 today!

By Sudbury Family Dental Care
January 31, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening   veneers   bonding  

With the help of cosmetic dentistry, a person’s smile can be restored. Sudbury Family Dental Care, in Sudbury, MA, offers the chance to cosmetic dentistryrestore both the function and appearance of the teeth. With the help of our cosmetic dentists, your dream smile can be achieved.

Reasons For Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

When you’re looking for the most innovative dental treatments, it’s important to seek the help of Sudbury cosmetic dentistry experts. They will evaluate your teeth and gums to determine which procedures would benefit you the most. Some of the most common reasons for cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Smoking
  • Heavy coffee/tea drinking
  • Broken or damaged teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Badly shaped teeth
  • Uneven teeth
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Grinding

While these are just examples of instances a cosmetic dentist may suggest treatment methods, a more specific treatment plan can be determined after an individual dental exam. The experts at Sudbury Family Dental Care can correct the appearance of your teeth by providing a variety of treatments.

Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Teeth whitening is often the most popular minor treatment as it can lighten the teeth in a quick and easy way.
  • Veneers are another option for those seeking a perfect smile. They are made and placed over the front teeth to correct unevenness, discoloration or spaced out teeth.
  • Bonding is another option that is great for small gaps in the teeth or to change the shape or the color of the teeth.

Seek Help from Sudbury Cosmetic Dentistry Specialists

With the help of Sudbury Family Dental Care, your dream smile can be achieved. To begin the process of improving your smile, call their office today to schedule an appointment at (978) 443-5193. After a thorough dental examination, a suggested personalized plan will be suggested to you as you begin your journey to a perfect smile at Sudbury, MA.