Porcelain veneers offer a simple solution for many cosmetic dental problems. Your Raleigh, NC, dentist, Dr. Ajamu Giscombe of Blue Ridge Dental Care, can help you maintain a healthy, attractive smile with veneers and other dental services.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that are cemented to the fronts of your teeth. They're often made of porcelain, a durable material that looks just like tooth enamel. Veneers hide a variety of cosmetic issues and instantly improve your smile. With proper care, veneers can last 10 to 20 years or longer.
Who can benefit from veneers?
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for most people. If your gums and teeth are healthy, you may be an excellent candidate. Your Raleigh dentist will also consider your tooth enamel when recommending veneers, as he must remove a tiny amount of enamel to ensure a proper fit. If you only have a thin layer of enamel, veneers may not bond correctly and may become loose.
Veneers are often used to conceal minor imperfections in tooth enamel, including chips, shallow cracks, discolorations, uneven surfaces and other flaws. The restorations can also close slight gaps between teeth and extend their length.
Orthodontic treatment isn't always needed for crooked teeth. If you only have a few crooked teeth, and they don't affect your bite, porcelain veneers can transform your smile. Veneers can also improve the appearance of twisted or oddly shaped teeth.
What happens during the veneer process?
During your first appointment, your dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel and make an impression of your teeth. You'll wear temporary veneers while you wait for the dental laboratory to create your porcelain veneers. When you return to the dental office in a week or two, your permanent veneers will be attached to your teeth with dental cement.
How should I care for my veneers?
Veneer care is easy. You'll only need to brush and floss your teeth daily. Although veneers are tough, they can break if you chew on ice or hard objects or grind or clench your teeth at night. If you're a grinder or a clencher, your dentist can fit you with a comfortable nightguard that will prevent damage to your veneers and teeth.
Revitalize your smile with porcelain veneers! Call your Raleigh, NC, dentist, Dr. Ajamu Giscombe of Blue Ridge Dental Care, at (919) 781-3862 to schedule an appointment.