Cary, NC dentist describes the advantages of using porcelain veneers for treatment of imperfections
When patients have imperfections in their smiles, specifically on the anterior teeth (front teeth), they may feel as though they have no affordable solutions available to them. Many patients think of cosmetic dentistry as a solution only attainable by the Hollywood elite. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Dr. Carl McMillan and his team at the Cary and Cornelius’ Holistic Dental Centers provide treatment options including porcelain veneers for patients to consider. Visiting a dentist is the first step in finding out if the advantages of veneers are right for you!
Porcelain veneers explained
It is best to fully understand how porcelain veneers work. Veneers are restorations that are made from quality ceramic materials. They are not only strong, they also mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Veneers are made to be extremely thin, so they can be bonded onto the front of teeth to cover imperfections. Porcelain veneers are great for teeth that are:
- Unusually shaped
- Permanently stained
- Spaced apart
Who is a candidate for porcelain veneers?
The best candidates for porcelain veneers are those who are serious about disguising imperfections of their smiles and achieving a more attractive appearance for the teeth near the front of the mouth. Patients need to understand that the placement of porcelain veneers is not reversible, because a portion of the enamel on the front of the teeth is filed down to make room for the veneers. Once patients have veneers, they will need to keep them as long as possible, with replacements as needed.
What are the advantages of porcelain veneers?
There are several benefits patients may consider when they are considering using porcelain veneers to cover imperfections of the smile. Porcelain veneers are:
- Natural looking – because porcelain veneers are made with ceramic materials that look just like the natural tooth enamel, they blend in perfectly with the rest of the smile.
- Long-lasting – when patients care for their restorations, they can enjoy them for many years, sometimes a decade or longer.
- Easy to care for – porcelain veneers do not require any special attention or care, just brushing and flossing.
- Affordable – porcelain veneers are an economical solution for patients seeking aesthetic options for the smiles.
What alternatives are available?
Porcelain veneers are a terrific way for patients to cover problem areas of the smile with a long-term solution. However, patients may also want to consult with Dr. Carl McMillan of Holistic Dental Centers in Cary and Cornelius to learn about alternative options that may be available. For misaligned teeth, patients may want to ask about moving forward with orthodontic treatment, which can treat the entire dental arch instead of just teeth in the front of the mouth. Teeth that are stained may benefit from a few teeth whitening treatments to whiten them and maintain a beautiful smile. Other imperfections including breakage and gaps between teeth may be resolved with the use of composite resin bonding. This is a clay-like material the dentist can apply to the teeth to cover problem areas. This is all done in one appointment, and is less expensive than porcelain veneers. We encourage patients to ask about the alternatives that can be used so they can make a knowledgeable decision about how to restore their smiles.
Do veneers protect me from decay and periodontal disease?
Tooth decay and gum disease are serious issues that can impact the smile. Just because the teeth are covered with veneers doesn’t mean they are no longer susceptible to this type of damage. This makes it even more important that patients maintain their routine visits with their dentist to monitor for the development of problems on the natural teeth underneath the veneers.
Porcelain veneers play a key role in cosmetic dentistry
Find out if porcelain veneers are right for you! Contact Dr. Carl McMillan and the team at Cary and Cornelius’ Holistic Dental Centers today by calling (919) 865-0700 and visiting the office located at 1110 SE Cary Parkway, Suite #206. Our professionals are ready and willing to assist individuals with their oral health care needs and desires, including general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry.