thDo you have a single discolored tooth? Are there chips or cracks in some of your teeth?
Try porcelain veneers in our Hampstead, NC dental office. Dental veneers are cosmetic dental treatments that Dr. Lauren Francis uses to cover the front of stained or damaged teeth. Compared to dental bonding, porcelain veneers are a longer-lasting and more permanent solution for cosmetic imperfections.
Our office provides patients with veneers made of porcelain ceramic, which blend in with the look of natural teeth and can brighten the appearance of the smile.
Porcelain Veneer Treatment
Dr. Francis will first assess the health of your teeth and gums to ensure they are infection-free. Then, he will prepare the teeth receiving veneers by removing a small portion of the enamel. Preparing teeth in this way allows the veneers to conform fully to the tooth. Dr. Francis will then take dental impressions that are sent to a dental laboratory where your porcelain veneers will be created.
Once the veneers are complete, Dr. Francis will ensure that they fit properly and match the color of adjacent teeth. After these adjustments are made, the veneers are bonded to the teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be cared for just like natural teeth. For several days after treatment, we may recommend that patients eat softer foods as they get used to their new teeth. We also recommend that patients continue to schedule routine appointments so we can ensure that their veneers last for many years.
Porcelain Veneer FAQs
Learn answers to frequently asked questions about dental veneers:
Can I whiten porcelain veneers?
No. Porcelain veneers can create a brighter appearance for severely stained teeth; however, they cannot be whitened with over-the-counter treatments or in-office whitening. If you have old veneers or veneers that become discolored over time, call our office and we can help provide you with replacements.
Am I a candidate for dental veneers?
Dr. Francis will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to determine if veneers are the right solution for you. He will assess the condition of your bite and ensure that you are infection-free before recommending treatment.
Do porcelain veneers damage the teeth?
No. Porcelain veneers are commonly known to protect teeth from further damage. They are made of stain-resistant and durable porcelain ceramic. Veneers do require preparation, however it does not permanently damage any enamel.
How long is the veneer process?
Many patients receive their veneers after two office visits. It may take several weeks after we take your dental impressions, for your veneers to be complete.
When can I eat after getting porcelain veneers?
We recommend waiting to eat until 1-1.5 hours after getting veneers on your teeth. Ther time window is crucial to make sure the veneers set and adhere to the surface of your teeth.
Does getting porcelain veneers hurt?
No, porcelain veneers shouldn’t hurt your teeth. If anything, you may feel some sensitivity in the days following the porcelain veneers procedure. There should dissipate after a week or two.
Is there anything I can’t do with porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are durable and stain-resistant. However, it’s important to realize that they can still stain or chip. Lifestyle habits like smoking or drinking coffee mean they’re going to discolor more quickly. Try to avoid putting a lot of pressure on your veneers as well. Biting down directly onto a hard food with your veneer can chip or break it.
How often should porcelain veneers be replaced?
Veneers are routinely replaced 15 to 20 years. Your porcelain veneers may need to be replaced if they are cracked or chipped. The process of replacing veneers is relatively easy and pain free.
Call Our Dental Office
Do you want a permanent solution for dull, weakened, or worn teeth? Get porcelain veneers today. Request a dental consultation with Dr. Francis and her professional dental team online or call Seaside Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 910-335-4392. Let our team know if you have any further questions about veneers or your specific concerns. We want all of our patients to know that we are here for their questions, no matter how big or small.