If you are unhappy with your smile and are looking for ways to transform the look of your teeth, Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers affordable and effective porcelain veneers treatment. Dr. James Furgurson and his associate Dr. White are experienced cosmetic dentists that improve the health and aesthetics of many patients’ smiles.
Furthermore, dentists often recommend and offer porcelain veneers to patients with chipped, crooked, or discolored teeth. We are currently welcoming patients from Durham, NC who want porcelain veneers to improve the look of their smile.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that we bond to the front of a tooth to improve the appearance. We use dental impressions to customize the veneer for an exact fit to the tooth. Since we need to remove a small amount of the tooth structure to accommodate it, this cosmetic dental treatment is a permanent dental repair. To maintain them, you should brush and floss like you normally do on a daily basis. If you properly care for them, they can last up to 15 years or longer. Our dentists will use porcelain veneers to fix:
- Aging teeth that have worn down
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Stained or yellowed teeth
- Stained, unsightly or washed-out fillings
- Misshapen or crooked teeth that do not need orthodontic treatment
- Gaps between teeth, commonly for front teeth
The Porcelain Veneer Process
The entire porcelain veneer process should take two to three visits to our Durham, NC area dentist office. You will first meet with Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White to determine if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic treatment for you. This will include a comprehensive exam and consultation where you can also share your concerns with the aesthetics of your beautiful smile. Using digital imagery, your dentist can show you what your smile will look like teeth veneers.
Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White will prepare your teeth by filing off a minimal amount of tooth enamel. Removing as little tooth structure as they can, this will create room for the teeth veneers to fit securely and comfortably. Your dentist will take a digital impression of your teeth to fabricate your porcelain veneers. A talented ceramist in a dental laboratory will hand-fabricate them. We will also do a shade analysis to ensure the veneers will blend in with your surrounding natural teeth.
Once your permanent veneers arrive at our Durham, NC area dentist office, Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White will ensure proper fit and color. If you love your new veneers, we will permanently cement them to your teeth.
Porcelain Veneers FAQs
How long does it take to get a porcelain veneer?
It can take anywhere from two weeks to two months to get porcelain veneers on your teeth. The length of the process depends on the size and complexity of the case. For example, if you only need one, your dentist can create, place, and bond it in a week or so. If you need many, your dentist may need to correct base issues before placing dental veneers.
How long do porcelain veneers really last?
The lifespan of porcelain veneers is different for everyone and will depend on how well the patient takes care of them. Generally speaking they last anywhere from 10-20 years. They offer a quick and easy way to improve your smile without having to spend a lot of time in the dentist chair.
Can your teeth rot under porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a popular option for those looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. However, the ultra thin material is not as strong as real teeth and does not completely protect against decay. In rare cases, you can get cavities under veneers if the dentist didn’t properly place them.
Call for a Consultation
Learn more about porcelain veneers and the benefits they offer at Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White. You can reach our office at 919.736.6175 or request a consultation online today. To determine if dental veneers are the right treatment for you, our dentists will evaluate your mouth and oral health history. We are currently welcoming new patients from Durham, NC!