Imperfections of the smile can negatively affect its appearance. This is why patients in and around the Cary area often visit a cosmetic dental team to learn what can be done to enhance the aesthetics of their smiles. Dr. Carl McMillan of Holistic Dental Centers offers cosmetic dentistry solutions. While many patients think of cosmetic dentistry as improvements to the smile only the Hollywood elite can enjoy, this is far from the truth. Patients in and around the community are now able to afford aesthetic solutions for their smile that can greatly improve their confidence and self-esteem. One of these solutions is that of dental veneers.
Dental veneers are porcelain restorations commonly used by patients to achieve a more attractive smile. They are typically used for covering a wide range of issues including breakage, misalignment, gaps between teeth, and even teeth that are unusually shaped. Porcelain veneers have been used for many years and they look completely natural when done by a quality dentist.
Dr. Carl McMillan of the Cary and Cornelius Holistic Dental Centers find that most patients are appropriate candidates for the placement of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers do require that a portion of the natural enamel on the front of the teeth be removed to avoid having bulk added to the smile. Our team educates patients on the fact that porcelain veneers are a long-term option and are not reversible. It is important for patients to consider this when determining if porcelain veneers are right for them. The entire process from start to finish can take one to two weeks, but then patients will be able to enjoy porcelain veneers for many years.
The only concern with the placement of porcelain veneers is for patients who have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition in which patients clench and grind their teeth. When this happens, it can put dental restorations such as veneers at risk for breakage. Patients who have been diagnosed with bruxism are strongly encouraged to consider the advantages of using an oral appliance at night. An oral appliance is a lot like a mouth guard. It is custom-made for patients to wear over their dental arch to protect their natural teeth and restorations from breakage typically caused by conditions such as bruxism.