At Fuller Dental, we are committed to helping each patient improve the health of their smile. However, we can also help them to achieve their goals with cosmetic dentistry in Burlington, NC. Porcelain veneers are a type of dental veneer. It can be a great option for patients looking to improve the quality and look of their smile. They offer brilliant, lasting results.
At Fuller Dental, we have a team of specially trained dentists dedicated to creating long-lasting, natural-looking smiles using the highest quality materials and the latest techniques.
Porcelain veneers can be a great option for addressing dental health and cosmetic concerns:
- Misshapen Teeth
- Cracked or Chipped Teeth
- Stained or Discolored Teeth
- Long or Short Teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Aging teeth that have worn down
Porcelain veneers can improve a wide range of dental issues. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that attach to the front and sides of the tooth, covering up cosmetic blemishes and helping to protect the tooth from further damage. A dental veneer is permanently bonded to a prepared tooth and can be used to treat one tooth or several teeth.
During your consultation, one of our dentists at Fuller Dental can address any concerns you may have about your teeth and offer solutions that can help transform your smile.
What To Expect During The Porcelain Veneers Procedure
The porcelain veneer process requires two visits to our Burlington dental office. During your first visit, one of our Burlington Dentist will examine your teeth. It is important to determine if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers and to ensure this is the best option for your smile.
The dentist will prepare your teeth by removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel. This will help your veneers bond with your teeth. We will then take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory. We will give you a temporary covering while your porcelain veneers are being created. Porcelain veneers usually take 2-3 weeks to complete.
Once your porcelain veneers are ready, we will remove the temporary coverings, and your dentist will try the dental veneers on for fit and color. Then he will make any minor adjustments at that time. Your dentist will permanently cement your new veneers to the teeth in our Burlington, NC cosmetic dentistry office.
It is important to follow a proper oral hygiene routine to keep your new veneers bright and shiny. Like normal teeth, you will need to care for your veneers in order to give you the best results possible.
If you have any questions about a proper oral hygiene routine or your porcelain veneers, feel free to contact our Burlington dental office to consult with one of our highly trained dental professionals.
Benefits of Porcelain include:
- Natural-looking results
- Durable, stain-resistant material
- Can be color matched or brightened to give you a whiter smile
- Can fix a wide range of dental concerns
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
Can my porcelain veneers become stained?
Porcelain is a highly stain-resistant material by dentists and porcelain suppliers alike. It is very uncommon for a porcelain veneer to stain from normal wear and tear. Practice proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash to prevent discoloration.
Do porcelain veneers have any impact on my diet?
There is no need to change your diet with porcelain veneers. Although this does not mean your veneer is impervious to damage. If you chew on very hard food or ice, you could develop cracks or chips that are hard to spot or start causing sensitivity. Veneers are durable, but you should treat and respect them like natural teeth.
Can I develop a cavity under my porcelain veneer?
Although it is very rare, it is not impossible to develop a tooth infection under a dental veneer. In most cases, the cavity was already developing before the dentist put the veneer on the tooth. If you have pain in your tooth that has a veneer, visit your dentist for an accurate diagnosis. Your dentist can remove the veneer in certain emergency situations.
How long after getting porcelain veneers can I eat?
Wait around two hours after the procedure to eat anything. We numb the area around the teeth receiving veneers, and you shouldn’t consume anything while the anesthetic is still active. Waiting this long also gives you a chance to ensure that the veneers are bonded properly to your teeth.
Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?
No, the most you should feel is some sensitivity because of the tooth structure we’ve had to remove to make room for the veneers. This sensitivity also goes away with time. You’ll usually notice it for the first few weeks after the tooth structure is removed, particularly when consuming very hot or cold foods and beverages.
Am I a good candidate for porcelain veneers?
Most people are strong candidates for veneers. However, you must have good overall oral health. Concerns like gum disease need to be under control before you can get veneers. You also have to be dedicated and committed to a permanent restoration. Once you get veneers, these teeth will always have to have veneers or another restoration on them because we remove tooth structure.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you are looking to improve the look of your smile, visit our cosmetic dentistry in Burlington, NC. We offer a wide range of cosmetic services to help you achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Feel free to schedule an appointment online or call 336-290-7401 today.