Veneers – Cary, NC
Beautifully Correct the Flaws In Your Smile
Your teeth are important for more than just chewing and speaking. They also play a valuable role in your self-confidence. And if you don't like the way they look, there's a good chance you'll feel insecure about your appearance! You may even find yourself covering your mouth in pictures or when talking with friends. But with porcelain veneers, you can stop hiding behind imperfect teeth and get the smile you've always wanted. Dr. Darren Koch is a trusted cosmetic dentist in the community who can use this minimally invasive procedure to create your dream smile, typically in just two visits. If you'd like to know more about how porcelain veneers can benefit you, give us a call today.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin, strong shells of porcelain that are custom-made for each patient to ensure a natural appearance. These restorations are bonded to enamel to completely mask any underlying cosmetic flaws on the front surfaces of teeth. During an initial consultation, Dr. Koch will spend time discussing your overall goals and how you'd like your smile to look. Then he'll make recommendations regarding the color, size, and shape of your veneers to make sure your new smile looks beautiful.
Good Candidates for Veneers
In general, if you have reasonably good oral health and sufficient enamel, you're a good candidate for the procedure. If you have untreated cavities or gum disease, Dr. Koch will recommend addressing those needs first. From there, porcelain veneers are a perfect choice for all of the following flaws, especially if you're trying to correct several issues at once:
- Severe tooth stains or discoloration
- Teeth that are chipped or cracked
- Relatively minor gaps and crowding
- Abnormally shaped or small teeth
- Worn down or uneven teeth
The Veneers Procedure
After your consultation, the procedure is done in just two visits. First, we'll numb your teeth to make sure you stay comfortable. Then we'll make slight alterations by removing a small amount of surface enamel (about 0.5mm). This ensures that your veneers won't look or feel bulky. Next, we'll take highly accurate digital impressions that we'll send to a trusted dental lab to make your new porcelain veneers. We also use the latest technology to take a digital reading of your existing tooth shade, which the lab will use to precisely match the color of your veneers.
Since it usually takes about 2 weeks to make your veneers, we'll put "temporaries" in place that you'll wear until your second visit. Finally, you'll come back a second time to have your permanent veneers cemented into place.
The Benefits of Veneers
Veneers allow you to drastically improve the appearance of your smile while achieving natural-looking results. By bonding thin shells to the front surfaces of your teeth, you can instantly change their color, size, shape, and proportion.
They're also quite versatile and can correct a multitude of imperfections at once with just one procedure. And since only a tiny amount of enamel is removed, the procedure is minimally invasive and conserves more of your natural tooth structure than other treatment options.
Not to mention that porcelain closely mimics the appearance of enamel and has a glossy coating that reflects light the same way. This coating also makes your veneers stain-resistant, so they won't easily pick up stains from coffee, tea, red wine, etc.
Finally, bonded porcelain is quite strong, so your veneers can last 10-15 years with proper maintenance such as regular checkups and good oral hygiene at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Care for my Veneers?
Although the veneers are not subject to staining or decay, your underlying teeth can still be damaged. As a result, you need to maintain your oral hygiene. By doing so, you will help promote the longevity of the veneers as well. Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Abrasive products can cause scratches to develop, hurting the appearance of the veneers. You will need to continue flossing your teeth daily, while also visiting your dentist twice a year.
How Long Will My Veneers Last?
With the right care, your veneers will last an average of 10 years or longer. To promote the lifespan of the veneers, do not use the teeth as tools or eat overly hard foods. While the veneers are durable, they can break if you are not careful. At your regular dental appointments, we will check the appearance and function of the veneers for damages.
How Long Will the Process Take?
On average, it only takes two appointments to transform your smile. During the initial consultation, the teeth will be cleaned and roughly .5 mm of enamel is removed. The removal is needed to ensure the veneers sit flat on the teeth. Then, we will take impressions of your teeth, which are sent to our dental lab. While the dental lab creates your customized veneers, we will attach temporary veneers. In about two weeks, you will come back for a second appointment to have the final veneers attached to your teeth.
INVEST IN YOUR SMILE TODAY!
If you're ready to love the smile that you see in the mirror, your cosmetic dentist in Cary can help. Dr. Koch will create the perfect, customized treatment plan to transform the appearance of your teeth. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a beautiful smile.