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.

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Renaissance Dental Center is located in Raleigh, NC but graciously provide comprehensive Dental Services to all surrounding areas including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, and Garner.


Porcelain Veneers

Drs. Abernethy, Sonner & Wells share a joined passion for only the highest quality of dentistry on your journey towards optimal oral health.

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.

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.

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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.


Side Effects and Aftercare

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.

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.


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.

Minimal Prep

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.


Anna Abernethy, DDS

Dr. Abernethy grew up in Concord, North Carolina, however, she has called Raleigh "home" for the past 20 years. She came to Raleigh to attend college and graduated from Meredith College Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BS in biology and a minor in chemical physics.

Jill Sonner, DDS

Dr. Sonner was born and raised in Raleigh NC, and she attended both UNC Wilmington and North Carolina State University. She received her undergraduate degree from NCSU in 1999 with high honors, obtaining a BS in Biological Sciences. During college she supported research staff at NIEHS and performed an independent study focusing on Diabetes.

Anita Jones Wells, DDS

Dr. Wells is a North Carolina native who grew up in the Pinehurst area and has spent the past 10 years studying and practicing dentistry in Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed both her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Dental Surgery, graduating with honors.


General Dentistry

We each enjoy doing a broad range of procedures. This allows us to provide many services in-house rather than referring patients out as much as possible. From simple tooth colored fillings to surgical procedures, we enjoy offering a range of options for our patients.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We have all devoted many hours to advanced training under the direction of Frank Spear who is world renowned for cosmetic repair of the most worn or severely damaged teeth. We appreciate the impact a beautiful attractive smile has on one’s self confidence and can deliver remarkable cosmetic results for people needing a various degrees of smile design.

Dental Implants

We have each received our implant fellowship with the International Dental Implant Association under the direction of Oral Surgeon Dr. Garg and have been placing dental implants since 2005. Implants are a rehabilitative option for patients needing to replace missing teeth or anchor dentures.

Dental Grafting

We offer a minimally invasive alternative option for covering exposed roots caused by recession that does not involve extensive roof of the mouth grafting, called the Gumdrop Technique.

Sedation Dentistry

Dental procedures can be often overwhelming due to phobia, and needed appointments to the dental office are often delayed or even avoided entirely. Our office offers multiple levels of sedation to make sure you're visiting as often as suggested.

Dental Crowns

Your smile may become damaged, decayed, or need cosmetic repair and jeopardizing your oral health. Dental crowns are the perfect solution for such patients. Restore your teeth back to a beautiful and healthy shine.

Porcelain Veneers

Sometimes aspects of your teeth cannot be changed as easily. In these cases, to get the healthy cosmetic smile you're looking for porcelain veneers are the perfect solution.


We have been using digital impressions and 3D printing since 2010. This technique allows us to eliminate many steps that commonly amount to error. Computer aided design allows us to make and deliver restorations in the same visit preventing additional appointments and taking advantage of the patient being numbed only one time.

Teeth Whitening

In today’s world, white teeth are the norm and if yours are yellow or discolored it affects your self confidence. Something as simple as whitening can drastically change your appeal. In the past most of the whitening options caused tooth sensitivity. We offer an array of choices that are tailored to avoid sensitivity while giving you the best outcome.

Laser Therapies

We all hate those dreadful fever blisters. Did you know if you laser them when you feel that very first tingle they won’t erupt? Suffer no more from unsightly sores, we offer this as quick and painless option.