Porcelain veneers can offer solutions to tooth damage, cosmetic imperfections and even minor bite concerns with lasting results. Completely customized to your natural smile and appearance, porcelain veneers can provide results from the subtle to the dramatic.
Dr. Durning Moore, a Charlotte restorative and cosmetic dentist, can work with you to place porcelain veneers that meet your aesthetic needs while stabilizing dental health and supporting long term stability in your smile.
Porcelain veneers can be placed to address:
Gaps between teeth
What are porcelain veneers made of?
Porcelain dental veneers are custom made for each individual patient using high quality, ultra-thin porcelain ceramic materials. The quality of the material allows it to have a translucency that reflects light much like natural tooth enamel for the most natural of results.
It is durable and stain resistant when compared to natural enamel, standing the test of time with good oral hygiene and dental care.
Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?
Most patients are candidates for porcelain veneers. Dr. Moore will evaluate the condition of your existing teeth, gums and the stability of your bite before recommending porcelain veneers.
If there are bite problems or other concerns that could impact your result, he will present a personalized treatment plan to address your needs and achieve the smile you desire.
Typically, porcelain veneers are not recommended for young patients due to the amount of tooth structure that is removed, making them a permanent dental restoration. In these cases, cosmetic tooth bonding may be recommended as the first line of treatment while a young patient grows and their smile develops.
Porcelain Veneers What to Expect
Dr. Moore will meet with you to perform a thorough dental exam, evaluate the function of your bite and discuss your cosmetic goals. Your treatment will be tailored to the unique needs of your smile and your desired outcome. We will go over all associated costs when presenting a treatment plan for your consideration.
The first step in the placement of porcelain veneers is to “design” your new smile, planning an outcome that will complement your overall appearance. Dr. Moore will color match your veneers to meet your needs or to blend with existing natural teeth.
Dr. Moore will need to remove a small amount of tooth surface enamel to accommodate the new veneers and allow for a stable hold and comfortable bite. Using a special tool, he will etch the surface as needed.
After this step, dental impressions will be taken which are used in the fabrication of the custom veneers in a dental lab. In most cases, temporary veneers are placed to protect the teeth and restore normal biting function.
The final placement of the veneers will involve the permanent attachment of each veneer to the tooth using an adhesive material. If adjustments are needed, Dr. Moore will work with you to ensure that your expectations are met and your bite is comfortable.
How do I care for porcelain veneers?
To maintain your new veneers and enjoy a lasting result, practice a good daily oral hygiene routine and visit with us for preventive dental care twice a year. Dr. Moore and our team will monitor the stability of your veneers during routine visits and look for any signs of damage that can be addressed quickly and conservatively.
Although they are considered stain resistant, avoiding dark beverages and foods that can stain teeth will help keep the veneers looking as white as possible. Rinsing the mouth after drinking coffee, tea or darker beverages can also help to minimize staining over time.
For most patients porcelain veneers last about 10 years. Although, porcelain veneers can last longer if they are cared for properly. Some patients may have porcelain veneers who’s lifespan extends 20 years.
Lumineers tend to be thinner and weaker than veneers, however they are still strong and a durable option. Porcelain veneers are the better aesthetic and durable option, but Lumineers require less preparation and planning to place. Many patients get Lumineers before getting veneers as a short term solution to hiding damaged teeth.