Jeffrey Tocci, DDS, founder and owner of Tocci Dental Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. Dr. Jeffrey Tocci practices cosmetic, aesthetic, reconstructive, preventive, and sports dentistry. One popular cosmetic procedure that is available to his patients is the application of porcelain veneers.
When a patient wishes to improve his smile, porcelain veneers may be a good option. Cheaper than crowns and longer lasting than bonding, veneers are a popular way to change the color of a patient’s teeth, alter tooth size and shape, or make slight positional alterations. Veneers are extremely durable and look completely natural.
Porcelain veneers are comprised of several thin layers of ceramic material, plus a layer of adhesive. Before they are bonded in place, a dentist must remove a very thin layer of the tooth’s natural enamel in order to allow the veneer to fit properly. The veneer is bonded to the tooth using a resin that is cured using a special ultraviolet light.
After receiving veneers, patients need to return to the dentist for a follow up appointment just to ensure everything is fine with the procedure. After that, routine brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments are all that are required to maintain veneers.