Porcelain dental veneers are thin “shells” of porcelain that are designed to look like the surface of natural teeth and improve the appearance of stained, chipped, gapped, or otherwise imperfect teeth. Porcelain is the most common material used because it closely resembles the color and appearance of your natural teeth while also providing strength and durability.
At Smile Design - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentist, Dr. Erfan Imeni, is trained and qualified to treat your smile with dental veneers. If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile in a simple and cost-effective way, we invite you to schedule your veneer consultation with our dentist. During this consultation, you will spend time with our dentist discussing your smile goals and how we can achieve them. Dr. Erfan Imeni will most likely perform a smile evaluation to determine the necessary steps to help you achieve the smile you are looking for. Our dentist may also create a “mock-up” for you to try veneers and see if they are a good solution to what you are looking for.
How Do Porcelain Veneers Work?
Porcelain veneers are made up of several paper-thin layers of ceramic. They are used to replace and improve the appearance of your natural tooth enamel. In order to apply a veneer, our dentist will first remove a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth. This provides room for the veneer to adhere to your tooth without being raised higher than your other teeth.
Having a strong bond between the veneer and your natural tooth is essential, as it not only allows us to improve your tooth’s appearance but it enables the veneer to function properly. Our dentist will apply a light-sensitive resin between your tooth and the veneer, which will then be hardened with a curing light.
Why Should I Get Dental Veneers?
Dental veneers are great for those who are looking to improve the appearance of their smile, as they can correct a number of dental issues, including:
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Unusual tooth contours
- Teeth of different lengths
- Fractured, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Minor bite misalignment
When you visit with Dr. Erfan Imeni, he can discuss your concerns and examine your mouth to determine if any of the above or other dental issues can be fixed with dental veneers.
Minimal- or No-Prep Veneers
Minimal-prep or no-prep dental veneers are designed in a way that our dentist does not have to remove as much or any of your natural enamel before applying the veneer. In most cases, our dentist can complete no-prep veneers in a faster and more comfortable manner than traditional veneers.
Benefits of Veneers
Dental veneers are custom-made to fit each patient’s unique dentition; this unique and personalized approach allows veneers to look nearly identical to your natural teeth. In addition, porcelain is a stain-resistant material, which means that your veneers cannot get stained from things such as coffee, tea and tobacco. Because veneers require the removal of only minimal amounts of your natural tooth, your tooth remains largely intact, as opposed to those who receive dental crowns or other restorations.
Dental veneers are great for those who are looking whiten their smile, as they can cause both stains and dark spots to appear brilliantly white. Veneers are also great for those who are looking for a quick fix to minor imperfections in their smile.
How to Maintain Your Dental Veneers
To maintain your dental veneers, simply treat them as you would your natural teeth. This includes regular brushing and flossing, using fluoride toothpaste, and regularly visiting the dentist.
A week after you receive your dental veneers, our dentist may have you come in for a follow-up appointment. This is to make sure that your mouth is not having any negative reactions to the veneers, and to make sure that your veneers are working properly. Even if you feel that your veneers treatment was successful, this follow-up appointment is essential to helping you maintain good oral health.
If you have any questions about veneers, or if you are interested in getting your own porcelain dental veneers in Durham, North Carolina, we invite you to contact our office today at 919-220-5505. Our dentist and team are always happy to help!