Dental Veneers From Gentle Dental

Dental veneers are a thin covering of the front of a tooth used as a cosmetic fix for chipped, uneven, or discolored teeth. Dental veneers are a great solution for teeth that are in good health but are cosmetically damaged. Veneers are often made of a composite resin material or porcelain in order to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Veneers can be used for one tooth or multiple, depending on the extent of the cosmetic damage.

The Difference Between Veneers, Crowns, and Implants

Along with dental veneers, dental crowns and implants can fix a person’s smile. However, crowns and implants are usually used when there is wear, damage, or cracks in a tooth, whereas veneers are used for strictly cosmetic purposes. If you aren’t sure which option is right for you, one of our specialists would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at one of our locations in South Portland, Biddeford, or Topsham or fill out the contact form on our website!

The Difference Between Composite Resin Veneers & Porcelain Veneers

There are a few differences between porcelain and composite resin veneers.

Porcelain veneers generally last longer and are more stain resistant than composite resin veneers. Porcelain veneers also require several visits to the dentist office to create and implant. On your first visit, an impression will be taken of your tooth and then sent to a lab for the custom veneer to be made. You’ll be given a temporary veneer until the permanent one is sent from the lab where it’s created. On your next visit, our dental team will fit, shape, and bond the permanent veneer to your teeth. 

Composite resin veneers make the process a bit simpler than porcelain veneers. When getting a composite resin veneer, only one visit to the dentist office is needed. The advantages of composite resin veneers are that they are less expensive than porcelain and can be repaired relatively easily. When it’s time to get your veneer, the dentist will shape the composite resin, recolor it to match your other teeth, then bond it to your teeth using a special light. If you’re unsure which type of dental veneer is right for you, our dentists would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each to help you decide.


Oral Cancer Screening

Our dental team is the first line in defensive to address oral cancer. Oral cancer screening is a necessary and preventative step that is critical to one’s overall health.


While brushing and flossing are the two most important factors to prevent cavities, we offer dental sealants which protects your teeth from the harmful bacteria that cause cavities. Sealants act as a raincoat, in which they coat your teeth acting as a shield from harmful bacteria. Sealant is a completely painless procedure that only takes a few minutes.

Contact Gentle Dental of Southern Maine

If you have any more questions about dental veneers, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more. With offices in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham, we’re here to provide the southern Maine area with the very best in family dental services. If you’re a new patient, fill out the new patient form on our website and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible! 

Real Clients, Real Stories

My entire family uses Gentle Dental! They have a bright, friendly atmosphere and are equipped to serve customers of all ages. They have been extremely patient and understanding with my toddlers aversion to doctors offices and helped her feel comfortable to the point where she is excited to visit their office now. They were a positive upgrade from my prior dentist.

Shannon S.