Raleigh's Finest Porcelain Veneers
Dental cleanings work wonders for keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful. But sometimes, there are aspects of your teeth that cannot be changed as easily. If you’re looking for a dental solution to get the best smile possible, you may want to ask about porcelain veneers at your next dental appointment.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are slender pieces of porcelain that lay directly on top of your existing teeth. These pieces are bonded over the existing tooth and serve as an alternative to traditional crowns.
What Issues Are Corrected By Veneers?
Patients who are looking to fix aesthetic dental concerns regarding the shade, spacing, and even size of their teeth are ideal candidates for porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can correct any cosmetic issue ranging from tooth spacing, mild crowding, discoloration, and broken or chipped teeth.
What Is The Process For Getting Veneers?
There are three phases of the veneer planning process: consultation, preparation, and placement.
To ensure that veneers are right for you, you’ll want to start by making a consultation appointment with our one of our dentists. Discussing your treatment goals in this meeting will help determine if aesthetic veneers are an appropriate solution. Our dentist will also review veneer types and color shades available based on your budget and desired outcome.
In the preparation visit, our dentist will start by making some room for the veneers to be placed over your existing teeth. In doing this, your provider will remove a layer of the tooth enamel. This procedure is typically painless, but our dentist may give you the option for anesthesia if you are feeling uncomfortable.
Next, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to use in helping to create the new shape you are looking for with the veneers. Our dentist will also choose the most appropriate shade of porcelain to match the current color of your teeth or your selected color if you are looking to correct discoloration. Your veneers will next be made at the lab before they are ready for bonding.
The last appointment is the most exciting day! Your veneers will be ready for placement, and you will get to walk out with a new, stunning smile. First, our dentist will make sure the veneers match the color and shape desired. They may need to trim or change the color slightly before the bonding begins if they appear to need slight modification.
After the veneers pass the test, the dentist will need to prepare your teeth by conducting a general cleaning, polishing, and then etching of the teeth. Etching means to roughen up the surface by using an abrasive dental liquid for the veneers to adhere to the teeth.
Once the prep work is completed, a bonding cement will be placed before setting the veneers over the teeth. If the cement needs assistance in drying, a light will be used to quicken the curing (drying) process. When the cement has cured, you are free to leave with your new smile. Make sure to speak with our dentist about any follow-up appointments that are needed to ensure the veneers are comfortable after placement.
What Types of Veneers Are Available?
There are multiple different types of veneers available to achieve your perfect smile. You’ll want to review all of the different types with our dentist during the consultation appointment to make sure you choose the best option for your lifestyle:
The most popular of the veneer types, porcelain is a durable and long-lasting option. Ceramic layers are typically comprised of dentin and enamel to portray a natural look and excellent fit. There will be some reduction in the natural teeth size with this method which might not be the best option for some patients.
This type of veneer requires no reduction to the natural teeth before the placement. Prepless veneer shells are very thin porcelain pieces that lay over the existing teeth just like traditional porcelain veneers. Patients who are looking to correct several dental issues may not be the best candidates for this option so make sure to talk to our dentist about this option thoroughly first.
As the name indicates, minimal prep veneers can be placed with little preparation to the teeth before bonding. A very small amount of the teeth must be removed before the veneers are placed, allowing patients the option of keeping their natural tooth structure in comparison to traditional porcelain veneers.
For patients that are looking for a more affordable veneer restoration, composite veneers can be a great option. There can be very little to zero preparation needed for the teeth before placing this restoration. Composite veneers can be just as effective in correcting dental concerns. However, they do not last as long as porcelain, requiring replacement in five to ten years.
Are There Side Effects After Bonding?
Some patients experience tooth sensitivity after their veneers are placed when coming in contact with hot/cold foods or drinks. This side effect tends to reside in a few weeks, but make sure to check in with our dentist if the sensation lasts longer or continues.
How Do You Care For Veneers?
After finally achieving the new smile you have been waiting for, you’ll want to make sure you are taking the time to maintain your veneers to ensure a long lasting result. Patients who grind their teeth should always wear a mouth guard while sleeping. Veneers, much like teeth, do not do well when clenched and twisted simultaneously, and can result in cracking or fracturing. Patients are also encouraged to avoid hard foods such as dense nuts or ice that can cause stress on the veneers causing failure.
Set Up An Appointment Today
If you're still unsure about going the route of placing veneers for an new spectacular smile, call Renaissance today to talk about the pros and cons of the process based on your unique treatment plan.
Renaissance Dental Center is conveniently located in Raleigh, NC and services surrounding areas including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, and Garner.