Many patients who come to Holistic Dental Centers in Cary or Cornelius are interested in porcelain veneers. They are a good option for addressing cosmetic issues patients have with their smiles, such as spacing of the teeth, minor chips, and cracks. Another popular use is to cover stains that will not respond to whitening treatments.
Caring for your new smile
With proper care, porcelain veneers can last 10 to 15 years, sometimes even longer.
- Oral hygiene – It cannot be said often enough the brushing twice a day and flossing daily is a vital part of protecting your oral health, keeping your veneers beautiful, and ensuring their longevity. A common misconception about veneers is that they can help prevent cavities; this is incorrect, veneers only cover the front of the tooth and cannot prevent the development of cavities. In fact, even crowns that cover the entire visible surface of the tooth do not prevent the formation of cavities at the gum line.
- Eliminating bad habits – Most people are guilty of using their teeth to do more than just chew their food such as opening a bag of chips or tearing a piece of tape. Another bad habit many people have is chewing on ice, biting into hard candies, or biting their fingernails. These all result in minor fractures to your teeth or veneers. Over time, this can result in visible damage to your teeth or damage to your veneers.
- Grinding your teeth – The technical term for this is bruxism and is very damaging to both your teeth and veneers. Patients who grind their teeth in their sleep can discuss a night guard with Dr. McMillan. Bruxism should be addressed before having veneers placed, as there may be an underlying cause.
To find out if veneers can give you your dream smile, you can schedule a consultation by calling our Cornelius office at
or contact our Cary office at (919) 865-0700. Most patients are a good candidate for veneers providing they have healthy teeth and gums and are not suffering from serious orthodontic issues. The veneers process typically takes about two weeks to complete and then you will have a smile you will enjoy sharing.
Holistic Dental Centers
in Cary and Cornelius, NC offer many general and cosmetic options, designed to protect patients’ oral health, as well as overall health and well-being.
Dr. Carl McMillan
is a holistic dentist
with a medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina
. Due to his expertise, he was honored with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
(IAOMT) presidency. He is compassionate towards patients and committed to providing them with safe, toxic-free dental treatments
to help them maintain a happy and healthy smile
Dr. Luis Crespo
obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery
from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. An IAOMT member, he believes prevention is the best medicine and strives to educate both patients and parents on the benefits of maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. He has served underprivileged communities across the world.
Dr. Erin Wilbanks
graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
in New Orleans with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree
. She is an accredited IAOMT member, is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry.