What Are Dental Veneers?

What Are Dental Veneers?

Dec 01, 2019

Our permanent teeth are designed to last for a lifetime. However, certain factors such as age, accidents, diet, and oral hygiene can cause them to crack, chip, or discolor thereby affecting their appearance and durability. Damaged teeth create the need for cosmetic restoration to improve and enhance their strength and durability.

At Brier Creek Family Dentistry, we offer an array of cosmetic treatments chief among are the dental veneers.

Dental veneers are semi-permanent restorative treatments that we use to restore the integrity and functionality of your teeth. We offer two types of veneers;

  • Composite veneers are made of a mixture of plastic and glass. Since they require less manipulation, they can be fixed in one dental appointment. On the downside, composite veneers are prone to discoloration.
  • Porcelain veneers are the most preferred as they have a natural tooth color. Furthermore, they are durable and can last for ten to 15 years with proper maintenance.

When Do We Recommend Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are ideal for people with healthy gums and teeth. The veneers can be used to treat or correct the following dental conditions;

1. Tooth discoloration

Our diet and oral hygiene can cause our teeth to discolor and stain. Although, we recommend professional teeth whitening, for severely discolored teeth veneers are the best option.

Moreover, not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening, so in situations where we can’t do a teeth whitening procedure, we opt for porcelain veneers instead.

2. Malocclusions

Misaligned teeth are had to clean which gives room for bacteria to grow. Furthermore, they put pressure on your jaw and surrounding teeth. Dental veneers are a quick fix for crooked teeth. However, for severe malocclusions, we recommend braces as they offer long term solutions.

3. Diastema

Diastema or spaces between the teeth is caused by an imbalance between the size of the teeth and the jaw. For large diastemas, the porcelain veneers are the perfect solution.

4. Chipped teeth

Certain factors such as tooth decay can cause teeth to crack or chip. Immediately you notice a crack or chip, you should visit our dentist in Raleigh, to prevent any infection. Our dentist will use dental veneers to fix and restore the teeth.

Dental Veneers Procedure?

Porcelain dental applications may require two to three dental visits.

  • Initial consultation

In your initial dental appointment, the dentist will examine your gum and teeth to determine the extent of the problem. As an additional step, the dentist will do an x-ray and will explain the dental procedure and the risks involved.

Next, the dentist will prepare the affected teeth by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the veneers. They will take an impression of your tooth and send them to the lab to model the permanent veneers.

You will get a temporary veneer to protect the teeth from sensitivity as you wait for the permanent ones (can take seven to 10 days) to be completed.

  • Second appointment

The dentist will bond the newly versioned veneers to the teeth using special cement and then polish them to match your teeth.

How Long Do the Veneers Last?

Dental veneers can last between ten to 15 years with proper maintenance.

  • Maintain a good oral hygiene
  • Avoid chewing hard objects. Even though the veneers are durable, they are not as strong as the natural teeth. So, avoiding cutting nails, ice or pencils with your teeth.
  • Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth to protect your veneers from wearing down

Why Choose Our Dental Veneers?

Our dental veneers are extremely thin shells are versatile and can conceal a range of dental imperfections. Furthermore, they resemble your teeth and are durable compared to other dental treatments.

On the downside, porcelain veneers are irreversible. Once the enamel has been grounded down, it can’t grow back.

Get Your Dental Veneers

Ready to fix your dental imperfections? Call Brier Creek Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to assess your oral health and discuss the right dental treatment for you.