Porcelain Veneers Chapel Hill
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Beautiful, Custom Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain Veneers are often suggested for individuals who are interested in correcting cosmetic issues such as chipped or broken teeth, discoloration, crowding, or tooth spacing. Although porcelain veneers are more costly than alternative treatments, such as dental bonding. Veneers are also much more durable and are not susceptible to staining the way bonding is. Veneers can last up to twenty years if properly cared for, whereas bonding will generally only last three to five years. In addition to the enhanced durability, porcelain veneers are also natural looking, so much so that most people will not be able to tell that the veneers are in place.
Porcelain veneers can be a wonderful option for patients who are looking for a long-term solution for improving the health and aesthetic appearance of their smile. If you would like to learn more about porcelain veneers, please read below, or contact our staff who will be happy to answer any of your questions and/or set up a consultation.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about our treatment options, please contact our office at (919) 595-1010. We look forward to creating the smile you have always desired a reality for you.
Steps Involved in the Process
The process for getting porcelain veneers will begin with an initial consultation, during which you will discuss your treatment goals with your dentist and determine whether porcelain veneers are the right option for you.
If it is decided that porcelain veneers are right for you, your next appointment will begin with the removal of a layer of tooth enamel, which will make room for the veneers. Although this is generally painless, anesthesia may be used to lessen any pain or anxiety associated with this part of the process. Next, an impression will be made of your teeth to design the shape and shade of your veneer. Once this has been selected, this information will be sent to a lab, where the veneers will be made.
Once your veneers are finished, you will return to have them placed. Once your dentist has confirmed that the veneers are the appropriate shade and shape, they will begin the placement process, which begins with a cleaning, polishing and etching. Once properly cleaned, polished, and etched, the veneer will be placed and a bonding cement will be used to adhere the veneer.
Composite Vs. Porcelain Veneers
While porcelain veneers are a popular veneer option, it is important to be aware that there are other treatment options available. Most patients considering porcelain veneers will need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks to porcelain veneers compared to composite veneers.
Two of the biggest benefits to having composite veneers placed instead of porcelain veneers is affordability and speed of the procedure. Porcelain veneers will generally require two to three visits, whereas composite veneers only require one.
Although porcelain veneers are more expensive, they are also much more durable and will last significantly longer than composite veneers. In this regard, composite veneers are generally considered to be the more affordable option, but when you consider the fact that porcelain veneers will last twice as long, the cost difference between the two becomes much less significant.
Finally, one of the biggest differences between composite veneers and porcelain veneers is the aesthetic appearance. Patients who opt for veneers often do so because they are long lasting, but also because they have a natural aesthetic appearance. In contrast to composite veneers, which are more likely to chip or stain, porcelain veneers are much more resistant to both chipping and staining.
Fortunately, both composite and porcelain veneers are effective treatments. Be sure to talk with your dentist about which approach is best suited to meet your dental health and cosmetic needs.
Proper Care Improves Longevity of the Porcelain Veneers
It is not uncommon to experience increased tooth sensitivity following your veneers procedure, but this generally goes away after a few weeks. If the sensitivity persists or seems excessive, be sure to contact your dentist to set up a follow up consultation.
To continue enjoying the benefits of your porcelain veneers, be sure to practice good oral hygiene habits every day. If you follow these best practices, your porcelain veneers should last you a long time.
- Brush twice daily (minimum) and practice proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also important to brush effectively. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have about proper brushing techniques.
- Floss daily. If you are someone who tends to avoid flossing, you may want to consider flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
- Be mindful of your diet. One of the best ways you can prevent dental issues from developing is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you do drink soda or sugary beverages, try to use a straw to limit exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also important to swish your mouth with water following meals, as doing so can dislodge food remnants, which, if left alone can create future tooth decay.
- Schedule regular dental exams. Unchecked dental issues can result in additional issues and progression of decay, which is why it is so important to visit your dentist every six months. In addition to providing a deep clean for your teeth and diagnosing potential issues before they progress, these regular checkups also allow your dentist to monitor the status of your porcelain veneers.
High-Quality Dental Care
At Cornerstone Family Dentistry in Chapel Hill, all our services are performed with the patient in mind. We want you to feel comfortable in the dental chair, confident in our work, and most importantly, we want you to fall in love with your smile again. If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about cosmetic procedures that we offer, please contact us at (919) 595-1010.