If you have concerns about the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers could be right for you. New Bern dentist, Dr. Stephen Hoard, is one of the most experienced cosmetic dentists in North Carolina. He offers several options for dental veneers including porcelain veneers as well as alternatives like cosmetic tooth bonding.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of dental porcelain that is permanently bonded to the tooth to improve the shape, color, size, and position of teeth.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers can be used to:
- Correct small gaps or spaces between teeth
- Improve the color or appearance of stained teeth
- Repair small chips or cracks
- Reshape teeth
- Lengthen teeth
- Visually improve alignment
Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and tooth like. The porcelain material has a translucence and texture similar to natural tooth enamel. Unlike tooth enamel, however, porcelain veneers are resistant to stain and decay. Not to mention, that porcelain veneers can brighten your smile and improve self esteem.
About the Porcelain Veneer Procedure
The process for porcelain veneers usually takes place over multiple visits. Before deciding to use porcelain veneers, Dr. Hoard will perform a comprehensive evaluation to examine your teeth, mouth, joints and muscles. Taking into consideration your cosmetic goals, Dr. Hoard will prepare a personalized treatment plan.
Once treatment begins, Dr. Hoard will gently shape the teeth, removing part of the natural tooth structure. This provides a better surface for bonding and allows room for the placement of the thin porcelain shell. An impression of the prepared teeth will be made as well as adjacent teeth. Temporary veneers made of plastic will be placed over the teeth to protect them while the final porcelain veneers are being made at a dental laboratory.
At your next appointment, Dr. Hoard will test your veneers to make sure that they fit properly and that they are the correct size and color. Together, you will make sure that you are satisfied with the final result. Any adjustments will be made before the final fitting. The porcelain veneers will be permanently bonded to the teeth using a composite resin cement, cured with a UV light or laser.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to improve the appearance of your teeth and protect them from future wear. Contact us to find out if porcelain veneers are right for you.