Most of us have all have minor flaws in our smile that we would love to see corrected. Small gaps, minor stains, and even some misshapen teeth can leave our smile falling flat of a showstopper. With offices in Cary and Cornelius, the doctors at Holistic Dental Centers can help residents in Raleigh, and across North Carolina, can use porcelain veneers to correct these imperfections and unveil a beautiful, vibrant smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are precisely fabricated to fit on the front of existing teeth. They are popular option to correct flaws such as chipped, slightly crooked, or discolored teeth. Typically placed in as little as two appointments, veneers are a cosmetic treatment that can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
The process for porcelain veneers can be broken down into three basic steps:
During this appointment, an exam will be completed to evaluate the mouth and ensure porcelain veneers are a viable option for cosmetic modifications. The doctor will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about veneers.
To prepare for placement of the veneers, a small portion of the existing tooth enamel will need to be removed to allow room for the veneer. Local anesthetic will be used to make sure you don’t feel any discomfort. Impressions are then taken and the shade of veneers is selected. This information is sent to the lab for custom fabrication, which generally takes around two weeks.
When the permanent veneers are ready, you will come into the office for placement. The veneers will be verified for correct shape and color. Minor adjustments to shape can be made in our office. Color can also be adjusted slightly with the cement that is used to secure them into place. The cement is hardened with a special light, and then the veneers will be polished.
Once the veneers are placed, they function the same as natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is a strong, durable, and natural looking material. They don’t require special care; simply maintain your normal daily oral hygiene routine.
Veneers are a wonderful and affordable option for patients wishing to transform their smile. To learn more about them and other cosmetic treatments offered, call us to schedule a consultation.