Maine Family Dental Practice
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Travis Buxton, DDS

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Porcelain Veneers

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At Maine Family Dental Practice we understand that making decisions about your oral health can be hard and the best way to be confident is by having all of the information. Although we are more than happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have at your personal consultation, we also have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to provide you with some quick answers. 

If you have any further questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact our office at (207) 947-1166! 

Porcelain Veneers

There are no permanent restorations in dentistry, as they all need to be replaced periodically to make sure they're functioning well. However, since we use premium materials for porcelain veneers at our Bangor, ME dental office, you can expect yours to last at least ten years—provided that you care for them correctly.

How veneers might be considered "permanent"

If you hear someone refer to dental veneers as being permanent, they are probably referring to the irreversible change that we need to make to your veneer teeth. Since we customize each porcelain veneer for your smile, Dr. Buxton must alter the shape and size of the tooth he’s treating to create a seamless appearance. Once dental enamel is gone, however, it’s gone for good, so getting dental veneers is considered a lifetime commitment.

However, if you are hesitant about making such a commitment, there is another option—direct veneers. Instead of taking impressions and having a custom lab create your veneers, Dr. Buxton uses tooth-colored composite material to shape your veneers directly on each tooth here at our Bangor, ME dental office. He needs to remove little—if any—dental enamel to place direct veneers, so we can take them off your teeth at any time if you change your mind.

Direct veneers do cost less, but they only last about five years before they need to be replaced or removed. And while the dental composite looks similar to dental enamel, it’s no match for the translucency and brilliance of dental porcelain.

Interested in veneers or other cosmetics? Call us today

Are you considering porcelain veneers in Bangor and need some more information? Please call Maine Family Dental to arrange an appointment with Dr. Buxton to get started, and he’ll be happy to explain the pros and cons of each type of veneer.

older woman smiling | cosmetic dentist bangor meThese days, modern dentistry offers so many ways to enhance your smile! Whether you are dealing with fractured, missing, or misaligned teeth, there are excellent solutions available to you. 

Effective Cosmetic Dental Services:

  • Porcelain veneers and Lumineers – Veneers can change the size, shape, and shade of your smile.
  • Same-day porcelain crowns – Crowns replace a tooth structure that has been damaged by decay or fractured.
  • Professional teeth whitening – Custom whitening trays can brighten your teeth six to ten shades in a matter of days.
  • Invisalign and other orthodontic options – Invisalign can align your teeth with efficiency and discretion.
  • Dental implants – Implants replace both your tooth and your root giving you optimum aesthetics and function.
  • Tooth-colored fillings – Composite resin offers durability and restorations that blend beautifully with your smile.

Maine Family Dental is here to help

Dr. Buxton is happy to help create a cosmetic treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and help you select the treatment that is right for your lifestyle and budget. During a complimentary consultation, he will discuss your goals and desires for your smile so he can make the appropriate recommendations for your treatment plan.

Contact Maine Family Dental today to schedule your consultation!

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry | Bangor ME DentistThere are many different ways to improve the appearance of your smile. Ultimately, the best choice for you should be determined based on the current state of your smile and your aesthetic goals for the future.

Veneers or Crowns

For instance, veneers are so effective at improving the appearance of inconsistencies and flaws in teeth, that many people find them well worth the cost. Others may choose cosmetic crowns, depending on their preference.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most affordable ways to enhance your smile is through professional teeth whitening treatments. Unlike take-home kits that you buy at the drugstore, professional whitening services are customized specifically for you. 

Professional whitening can have a very dramatic effect on the appearance of your smile. White teeth are associated with health and youthfulness, so whitening can give you a younger, healthier appearance. Professional whitening is known for being much more effective than drug store kits, and can actually whiten your teeth several shades in only one visit. Whitening done by your dentist is so powerful that it may be able to banish stains that over-the-counter treatments can't.

The effects of your whitening treatment are fast and long-lasting. Ask about how professional whitening may be able to improve your appearance for your upcoming event. Contact our office today!

Porcelain veneers are popular with our Bangor, ME patients because they are so versatile. They correct cosmetic flaws and restore balance and harmony to your smile because they leave behind a flawless, seamless appearance.

Why dental veneers are great!

Dental veneers are super-thin tooth-shaped shells of porcelain that are customized to fit each tooth. Since a veneer creates a new surface for your tooth, it conceals whatever is beneath it. Using custom dental veneers, Dr. Buxton corrects all sorts of aesthetic smile flaws:

  • Teeth chipped along the edges
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth
  • Size discrepancies between teeth
  • Wide or uneven gaps and spacing
  • Severely stained or discolored teeth

You don’t necessarily need to invest in a full set of veneers to get the smile results you want. In many cases, patients only require one or two to restore the symmetry of their smiles. Dr. Buxton will work with you so he can customize your smile makeover—whether it’s one veneer or a full set—to fit all your unique needs, including your timeline and budget.

Getting custom porcelain veneers typically requires two visits to our Bangor, ME dental office. During the first, we prepare your tooth, take impressions, and place temporary veneers. When your custom veneers are ready, you’ll return for a second visit so we can check them for fit and bond them to your teeth.

Get veneers today by calling our office!

Are you interested in transforming your smile with porcelain dental veneers? Call Maine Family Dental to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Buxton.

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