Porcelain Veneers

Veneers in Cary, NC

From severe stains from smoking to chipped teeth caused by physical injuries there are a multitude of scenarios that can cause aesthetic issues for your smile. Before your smile starts to affect your self-confidence, there are many options that can help bring life back into your teeth. One cosmetic procedure that has been giving patients a more attractive smile is dental veneers.

Dental veneers are thin custom-designed shells made from porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to change the color, size and shape of your smile. Veneers are designed to look just like real teeth and also boast a resilience that is similar to natural tooth enamel. They can be used to hide these common imperfections such as:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Uneven or worn teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minimal crookedness or uneven teeth
  • Misshapen teeth

Porcelain Veneer | Dentist in Cary, NC

The veneers we select for you will match the rest of your teeth so you have a natural, even smile. Veneers are made from durable porcelain, that are also stain-resistant. And unlike dental crowns, minimal tooth preparation is required before applying the veneers. When you come in for your consultation to decide whether veneers are the right treatment for you, we will discuss your treatment goals to determine if veneers will give you the smile you want to achieve through cosmetic dentistry.

Before porcelain veneers are applied a small amount of tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. By removing this enamel, we make room for your veneers to properly fit and restore your smile. Once your teeth have been prepared, the next step is to bond the veneers to the teeth using a dental resin. This dental resin is light sensitive and by using a special dental laser we can harden the resin to permanently adhere the veneers to your teeth.

Porcelain Veneers - Before and After | Cary, NC Dentist

Veneers are a great option for many patients looking to improve the overall look of their smile without requiring more tooth preparation, as you would with other cosmetic procedures like dental crowns. Veneers make it possible to fix minor overlapping, spaces, and twists in your smile.

Limitations of Porcelain Veneers

There are some situations in which veneers would be inappropriate. For example, if you have significantly misaligned teeth or a large gap, orthodontics might be a more appropriate solution than veneers. And if you have lost a lot of tooth structure from decay or trauma (or a particularly severe grinding habit), it might be better to restore your teeth with porcelain crowns that cover the entire tooth.

Creating a New Smile with Porcelain Veneers

The first step in creating a new smile with porcelain veneers is to communicate exactly what you don't like about your smile as it is now. It's a great idea to bring in pictures of smiles you do like, as a starting point for discussion. It's possible to see how veneers would look on your teeth in one of several ways. A model of your teeth can be created over which wax “veneers” can be placed; sometimes acrylic (plastic) or tooth-colored filling material can be placed directly onto your teeth to demonstrate the effect veneers would have on them.

Once the plan has been agreed upon, your teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel, if this step is necessary. Molds of your teeth will be taken and used by a skilled dental laboratory to create your veneers, and you will receive a temporary set of veneers to wear during the few weeks it will take to create your permanent veneers. When the veneers come back from the lab, they will be cemented onto your teeth.

Caring for Your Veneers

Just like the teeth nature gave you, teeth restored with veneers need gentle brushing and flossing every day. This will remove dental plaque and ensure good gum tissue health around the veneers. Regular checkups at the dental office will remain as important as always to your oral and general health. And keep in mind that as tough as veneers are, they may not be able to withstand forces that come from using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example) or biting into very hard foods like candy apples — which isn't good for your natural teeth, either! And if you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might be advised to get a custom-made nightguard to protect your veneers — and your investment.

For more information about veneers,
call Cary Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC at (919) 481-0330 today!

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