Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of your smile, masking imperfections like dental discoloration, minor misalignment, or gaps between teeth. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney in Charlotte, NC, Drs. John M. Pinnix and George A. Betancourt use state-of-the-art materials, including IPS e.max® and IPS Empress®, to provide beautiful, natural-looking results. Porcelain veneers can address a number of issues simultaneously, making them a popular and effective cosmetic dentistry treatment. Our doctors understand your smile plays an important role in your self-confidence and well-being and can customize your veneers to blend beautifully with your natural facial features.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Often referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers are customized shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They conceal various cosmetic blemishes beneath. Each shell is crafted from medical-grade ceramic, color-matched to provide realistic results. For patients who desire an even brighter smile, we can provide a professional teeth whitening treatment first before the color of the shells is chosen. Many patients who have minor orthodontic issues and cosmetic concerns find this procedure beneficial, since it addresses both with just one treatment.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have good oral health but are unhappy with the aesthetics of their smile due to:
- Crooked or misaligned teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
Before placing your veneers, your doctor can perform a full examination to determine the health of your teeth and gums. If he detects any cavities or gum disease, he can recommend the appropriate treatment. Any oral health complications must first be addressed with dental fillings or periodontal care before proceeding with veneers. Because the veneers process requires that we remove a small amount of enamel, we will also check the condition of the tooth structure. Patients with weak or insufficient enamel, or those who struggle with teeth grinding, may not qualify for treatment.
Often referred to as instant orthodontics, porcelain veneers are customized shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth.
Types of Veneers
Once your doctor has determined your candidacy, he can carefully explain the treatment process and the costs involved. During your consultation, it is important to discuss all of your concerns so the doctor can tailor the treatment plan to meet your goals. We can also review the different types of porcelain veneers available. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we offer both IPS e.max and IPS Empress porcelain veneers:
- IPS e.max: This material is composed of lithium disilicate, a highly aesthetic and durable ceramic that bonds well with enamel for lasting results.
- IPS Empress: Made from pressed lithium disilicate with lucite-glass ceramic, this material provides a wide range of shade-matching options to deliver realistic results.
We can review your unique needs, goals, and preferences to determine which solution would be most appropriate for you.
Placing Your Veneers
The veneer placement process can generally be completed in two office visits. During the first visit, your doctor can carefully prepare and reshape the teeth. This will involve removing a small amount of enamel so the veneer fits seamlessly within your smile. Once the teeth are prepared, we can take impressions. These will be used by the dental laboratory to fabricate veneers that match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. To help protect your teeth in the interim, we may place temporary veneers.
About one to two weeks later, you can return to our practice to receive your veneers. Your doctor can clean and dry your teeth and check that the veneers fit properly. Once you and your doctor are happy with the results, he can apply a special etching solution on the teeth being treated and permanently bond the veneer in place. Your doctor can then polish your teeth to reveal your newly transformed smile.
Caring for Your Veneers
Once your veneers are in place, you can immediately return to normal activities. Caring for your veneers is crucial to their longevity. You should adhere to a good oral hygiene regimen to keep your smile healthy and avoid certain foods and activities so as not to damage their appearance. We recommend patients:
- Avoid chewing on pen caps and other hard objects
- Avoid using their teeth to open packages
- Avoid biting their nails
- Avoid chewing sticky and hard candies
- Minimize stain-causing foods and beverages, such as red wine, coffee, chocolate, and tomato-based products
When veneers are properly cared for, they can last a decade or more.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn more about porcelain veneers and the benefits they provide, contact our office today online or call (704) 543-1102 to schedule your consultation. Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality care, tailored to your unique goals.